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About the Class and Syllabus

ANTy 124 is the examination of American cultural and societal trends from a cross-cultural perspective to help new and continuing foreign students adjust to life in the United States and to offer U.S. students an opportunity to examine their own culture from the perspective of members of other cultures.

Click here to download the full syllabus for Fall 2011

Instructor: Dr. Mary Groom Hall
Office: Lommasson 284
Phone: 243-2851

Office Hours: I’m in my office most of the time. To make an appointment with me, go to and click on “Meet My Advisor”

Class Blog: (Don’t be freaked by the “104”—the class number changed, but it’s impossible to change the url without a big hassle.)

Class Philosophy and Learning Objectives: This class is meant for students of all levels and nationalities. Its intent is to open the mind of the individual to his or her own culture and to all the cultures surrounding students in the class. You will find that you not only learn new things about people and their countries that are different from your own, but you will also learn more about yourself. Through relevant readings, journaling, and many discussions, students will have the opportunity to discover, in a safe, non-threatening atmosphere, facets of culture that may not be talked about in the typical classroom. Whether or not you have some background in cultural theory, this class will provide you with the opportunity for hands-on cross-cultural learning.

Class Readings: All our readings are posted (and may be downloaded, or not) on the blog. In the schedule below, readings will be discussed on the day the title of the reading is in bold print. Please have your reading done before class.

Attendance: Attendance is taken through a signup sheet. Don’t forget to sign in! Perfect attendance is not required, but more than 3 unexcused absences will affect your grade.

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