Anthropology

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans. Anthropologists study our species throughout time, focusing on our diverse modern culture and cultural adaptations, our biological classification as a species, our inclusion in the Order Primates, and our species' past developments, including our first steps to our first civilizations. The goal of Anthropology is to study the similarities and differences in biological and cultural adaptations and features across the globe throughout our human history.

Anthropology is a holistic discipline, which means that anthropologists study all aspects of humans and our behavior. The field of Anthropology has been broken up into four main subfields: Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics. Cultural Anthropology is concerned with the study of human culture and its variations across time and space. Biological Anthropologists aim to study our species from a biological perspective - examining our DNA, our relationship to our closest animal relatives, the primates, and the fossil evidence of our earliest human ancestors. Archaeology is the study of our past, focused specifically on reconstructing past behavior by looking at objects used by past people. Linguistic Anthropologists study human language and communication.

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree offers courses that satisfy lower division General Education requirements in both the physical and social sciences, providing students with a solid foundation in Anthropology as well as the standard prerequisites for upper division coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree. Students planning to transfer to a CSU with a major in Anthropology should consult the lower division requirements at the university they plan to attend.


The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student completion requirements (as stated in SB1440 law):

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth).
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ANTH 300 Biological Anthropology (3) 3
   or ANTH 480 Honors Biological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3) 3
   or ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTH 323 Introduction to Archaeology 3
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
ANTH 301 Biological Anthropology Laboratory (1)
ANTH 324 World Prehistory (3)
ANTH 331 The Anthropology of Religion (3)
ANTH 332 Native Peoples of California (3)
ANTH 334 Native Peoples of North America (3)
ANTH 341 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
ADMJ 332 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)
   or ANTH 303 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)
HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
   or SOC 482 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States - Honors (3)
SOC 345 Global Women's Issues (3)
   or WGS 302 Global Women's Issues (3)
Total Units: 18

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer (AA-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • explain the scientific method and the relationship between scientific research and established knowledge.
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic anthropological terminology and concepts.
  • write essays explaining anthropological processes in clear and concise terms.
  • reach and express logical conclusions drawn on anthropological data.
  • demonstrate content knowledge in broad areas of anthropology, including evolution, culture, genetics, archaeology, and human evolution when completing essay, objective, and multiple choice exams.

Career Information

Anthropologists with baccalaureate or graduate degrees work as archaeological technicians or project directors for private, state or federal organizations, museum managers, forensic specialists in police departments and crime labs, primatologists and zoo curators, teachers, consultants or analysts for private, government or educational institutions or non-profit organizations.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of the cultural, historical, biological, and linguistic behavior of people from all parts of the globe both in the past and the present. Anthropologists focus on our diverse modern culture and cultural adaptations, our biological classification as a species, our inclusion in the Order Primates, and our species' past developments, including our first steps to our first civilizations. Anthropology is a holistic discipline, which means that anthropologists study all aspects of humans and our behavior. The field of Anthropology has been broken up into four main subfields: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics. Cultural Anthropology is concerned with the study of human culture and its variations across time and space. Physical Anthropologists aim to study our species from a biological perspective - examining our DNA, our relationship to our closest animal relatives, the primates, and the fossil evidence of our earliest human ancestors. Archaeology is the study of our past, focused specifically on reconstructing past behavior by looking at objects used by past people. Linguistic Anthropologists study human language and communication.

Recommended High School Preparation: Preparatory courses include history, English, biology, and foreign languages.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ANTH 300 Biological Anthropology (3) 3
   or ANTH 480 Honors Biological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 301 Biological Anthropology Laboratory 1
ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3) 3
   or ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
ANTH 323 Introduction to Archaeology (3) 3
   or ANTH 324 World Prehistory (3)
ANTH 341 Introduction to Linguistics 3
A minimum of 12 units from the following: 12
ADMJ 332 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)
   or ANTH 303 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)
ANTH 325 Archaeology of Mesoamerica (3)
ANTH 331 The Anthropology of Religion (3)
ANTH 332 Native Peoples of California (3)
ANTH 334 Native Peoples of North America (3)
ARTH 304 Ancient Art (3)
   or ARTH 484 Ancient Art-Honors (3)
ETHNS 320 The African American Experience (3)
ETHNS 330 The Asian American Experience in America (3)
ETHNS 340 Chicanos/Mexican Americans in the U.S. (3)
ETHNS 351 Native American Culture and the Impact of Federal Policy (3)
GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes (3)
GEOL 310 Historical Geology (3)
HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
HIST 360 History of African Civilizations (3)
HIST 364 Asian Civilization (3)
HIST 373 History of Mexico (3)
HIST 380 History of the Middle East (3)
SOC 310 Marriage and the Family (3)
   or FCS 320 Marriage and the Family (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
   or SOC 482 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States - Honors (3)
SOC 345 Global Women's Issues (3)
   or WGS 302 Global Women's Issues (3)
Total Units: 25

The Anthropology Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • explain the scientific method and the relationship between scientific research and established knowledge.
  • demonstrate knowledge of basic anthropological terminology and understanding major anthropological concepts.
  • write essays explaining anthropological processes in clear and concise terms.
  • reach and express logical conclusions drawn on anthropological data.
  • demonstrate content knowledge in the broad areas of anthropology, including evolution, culture, genetics, archaeology, and human evolution when completing essay, objective, and multiple choice exams.

Career Information

The anthropology major is designed to prepare students for further study in anthropology leading to BA, MA, and/or PhD degrees. Anthropologists with graduate degrees teach at high schools, colleges, and graduate levels. Archaeologists manage cultural resources for state, federal, and private organizations. Physical anthropologists work in forensics and primatology. Both archaeologists and cultural anthropologists manage and coordinate museums and research facilities.