ANT 302 - Cultural Anthropology

Texas Common Number: ANTH 2351
Course Number Course Title Day & Time Course Fee Register
ANT 302 Cultural Anthropology Online $895.00
Course Type:
Self-Paced Online

This course explores the cultural diversity of human societies and provides tools for thinking critically about the classic concepts, theories and methods of cultural anthropology. One of the most important ideas is that of culture itself, a central concept within the discipline of anthropology. Culture is to anthropology what society is to sociology—it is our main point of departure when thinking about what makes human beings tick. Our primary objective will be to understand both the universal manner in which all human beings constitute themselves through culture, and the great diversity of specific cultural expressions that have resulted from these processes.

View syllabus.

This course is independent study and is self-paced. Students have five months upon registration in which to complete all coursework and exams.

Textbooks and Materials:

  • Conrad P. Kottak. (2017). Cultural Anthropology: Appreciating Cultural Diversity, 17th edition. ISBN: 1259818446 or 9781259818448. You may purchase either a digital or print version. If purchasing the digital version, a link will be provided in the course.
  • Bourgois, Philippe. (2002). In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN: 9780521017114

Additional course readings will be made available online.

Technical Requirements:

Students are required to use a laptop or desktop computer with a high-speed internet connection. Tablets and smartphones are not supported. The computer should have a modern and updated operating system, at least 2GB of RAM and also meet Proctorio’s system requirements for online testing.

Official UT Austin Description:

The concept of culture: social and political organization; language, the supernatural; elementary cultural theory.

May be counted towards the Cultural Diversity flag requirement.



Students should contact the University Extension advisor with any questions about prerequisites or placement in our courses. All students should contact their academic advisor with any questions about how this course fulfills their degree requirements.