Washington University in St. Louis is a private university in St. Louis, Missouri founded in 1853. It currently enrolls 7,381 undergraduate and 6,682 graduate students.
Medicinal Botany (Anthropology 3262 / Biology 3262, 3 credits)
This class examines the use of plants in medical applications. This class provides an interface between botany, traditional medicinal plant use, and Western medicine. Provides an introduction to plant taxonomy and ethnobotanical research methods.
Tobacco: History, Science, Culture, and Policy (Anthropology 4135, 3 credits)
This course examines the role of tobacco in shaping the modern world over the past five centuries, as well as introduces students to public health approaches to disease prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion.
Paleoethnobotany and Ethnobotany (Anthropology 4211, 3 credits)
This course studies the interrelationships between plants and people, especially in past societies. This course aims to analyze plant remains from archaeological sites; interpret subsistence and vegetation changes; medicinal, ritual, and technological uses of plants; and plant domestication and agricultural intensification.
Advanced Methods in Ethnobotany (Anthropology 4212, 3 credits)
This course studies advanced analytical techniques for the study of archaeological plant remains and their relevance in society.
Plants and American People: Past and Present (Anthropology 4213, 3 credits)
This interdisciplinary course examines the relationship between plants and the American people. Topics include the natural diversity of plants used by Native Americans for food, fiber, and medicine; the significance of plants in the "Columbian Exchange" for the history of the United States and the economies of the Old World; Native-American and Euro-American farming practices; modern agribusiness including transgenic crops; and the modern conservation movement in the U.S.