Adam Wetsman, Ph.D.

Anthropology 102

The emphasis of this general education course is the investigation of human culture. By learning about the diversity of cultural practices around the world, students will be able to evaluate their identities within their own societies. In addition to discovering the theories and methods important to cultural anthropology, the course will include an extensive examination of cross–cultural diversity. Students will learn about how people in different cultures obtain their food, exchange goods, organize themselves in groups, engage in politics, raise children, and worship supernatural beings. Also addressed will be the issue of how cultural anthropology can contribute to addressing problems important in the modern world. This course is designed for anthropology majors, those with an interest in anthropology, or anyone with a desire to further their understanding of human culture.

Overview of Course Requirements

Students are expected to attend classes and attendance will be taken. There will be several midterms, each worth between ten and fifteen percent of the course grade. Students must write a paper based upon an interview of another person's religion and limited fact-finding about the species observed. A final examination will be worth about twenty percent of the final grade. Limited extra credit and bonus opportunities will be available. Note: exact course requirements and grading standards are based upon a syllabus available at the beginning of each term.


The textbook for the on-campus course is only available at the Rio Hondo College bookstore.  This is a study guide which provides valuable information and gives you access to the online textbook.

For information for the textbook for the online class, follow the “Online” link at the left.