August 16, 2005

Learn About World Cultures in WNCC Anthropology Class

Noted anthropologist Dr. Hal Starratt is teaching his popular Peoples and Cultures of the World class this fall at Western Nevada Community College.

The three-credit cultural anthropology course offers a comparative study of human societies, past and present, and their institutions. It is transferable to any college or university in Nevada and fulfills the social sciences requirement for WNCC degree and certificate programs. It also satisfies the cultural diversity requirement at the University of Nevada, Reno, and counts toward the anthropology major at UNR and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The class (ANTH 201, call #38994, Sec. CV1) is on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. at the Carson City campus and is broadcast by interactive video to Douglas (call #31757, Sec. DV1), Hawthorne (call #32844, Sec. HV1) and Lovelock (call #32996, Sec. LV1).

According to Starratt, one of the highlights of the course, and one students find most interesting and rewarding, is an independent research project comparing two different cultural systems and presenting their findings to the class.

"Also, we usually have lively and animated class discussions on various cultural topics," says Starratt. "By doing this, I hope to broaden students' horizons and expose them to other cultures."

Starratt brings a rich depth of experiences to the classroom, from an ongoing Peruvian archaeological research project funded by National Geographic and the Peruvian government, to linguistic studies of the Mayan culture, to excavation of Mississippi River antebellum slave quarters and plantation households.

WNCC fall semester classes begin Friday, Aug. 26. Register online at For more information, call 775-445-3000.

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