This course provides an introduction to the discipline of forensic anthropology which is an applied subfield of biological anthropology. This course can count as a general elective for the Department of Anthropology and the College of Liberal Arts.
Forensic anthropologists provide expert analysis of the skeleton in a medicolegal setting by utilizing methods developed in skeletal biology, archaeology, and the forensic sciences. Forensic anthropologists play critical roles in identifying victims of mass fatalities, homicides, and distinguishing cause and manner of death. We will examine how forensic anthropologists approach modern and historic crimes in the laboratory and the field. Students will be introduced to the underlying theory and the applied techniques that forensic anthropologists use to recover and identify individuals and assess cause of and manner of death.
Credit not allowed for both ANTH 275 and SOC 275 (Introduction to Forensic Anthropology).
Textbook and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Dead Men Do Tell Tales, 1st Ed. (1995)
Maples, William R. and Browning, Michael
- Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice, 1st Ed. (2014)
Christensen, Angi M., Passalacqua, Nicholas V., and Bartelink, Eric J.
- Introduction to Forensic Anthropology* (2010)
Byers, Steven N.
- The Human Bone Manual*, 1st Ed. (2005)
White, Tim D. and Folkens, Pieter A.
*Recommended, but not required.