Cracking the Case: Forensics, Freshman, and FIGs

Cracking the Case: Forensics, Freshmen and FIGs


Academic Team:
Larry Ulibarri (
First-Year Experience Seminar Instructor
Skye Grubb (
FIG Assistant

9 credits
UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1 credit
CON 201: T 4 - 4:50 PM
CRN: 15022
ANTH 176 Forensic Anthropology - 4 credits
LLCS 101: TR 2 - 3:20 PM
CRN: 10163
CON 368: 11 - 11:50 AM
CRN: 10166
SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology - 4 credits
CON 106: F 9 - 9:50 AM
CRN: 14673
About the FIG:

We will examine aspects of connectivity between SOC 204 (Introduction to Sociology) and ANTH 176 (Forensic Anthropology) in this ten-week exploratory FIG Seminar course. In exploring the ways in which Anthropology and Sociology are connected, and will discuss criminology, taphonomy, challenges of forensic based research, and options for research and careers in this and related fields. We will also visit research labs, including a forensic anthropology lab with ongoing research by a Forensic Anthropology investigator. This FIG will also be a space for you to more fully explore ANTH 176, including bone remains and bone features. In doing so, we strive to provide you with the critical thinking skills to evaluate connectivity between any courses that you will take here at the UO. We also plan some fun classroom activities centered around anthropology and community. 

Another major focus will be in providing you with tools and resources for you to excel in each of your courses by introducing you to and utilizing resources at the University of Oregon. We want you to have a positive and productive time while at the UO in regards to your academic and career paths, but also in regards to your personal experiences on Campus and in our larger community. We want to provide you the opportunity to acquire skills that help you anticipate and address some of the challenges you might face as a student, and in preparation of your career and life goals. As such, we will explore some of the important resources at the University which will provide you with spaces and avenues for developing beneficial study skills, good academic planning, motivation, and personalized career paths.

ANTH 176 Forensic Anthropology - CoreEd or major satisfying course

This course will familiarize you with the basic aspects of analysis of human remains for the medico-legal profession, covering the history of the discipline, the biological parameters determined from the human skeleton, estimation of postmortem interval, trauma evaluation, and individual identification. The course will include discussion of the investigation of crime scenes, the legal role of a forensic anthropologist, and the many types of cases in which an anthropological viewpoint can be useful.

SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology - CoreEd or major satisfying course

How and why do human groups and societies develop and function? Sociology offers a scientific understanding of human behavior as it relates to and results from interaction within these groups. Presents fundamental concepts, theories, and methods of research.