Department Chairperson: Ilana Johnson
Counseling Liaison: Mary-Sue Allred
Associate in Arts Degree
Anthropology majors are encouraged to participate in community activities, archaeological internships, Sacramento Zoo activities, and to attend relevant guest lectures.
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.
Recommended High School Preparation
Preparatory courses including history, English, mathematics, and foreign languages
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the processes of science, the scientific method, and the relationship between scientific research and established knowledge.
- clearly express self when writing or speaking about anthropology demonstrating knowledge of basic anthropological terminology and understanding major anthropological concepts.
- write essays explaining anthropological processes in clear and concise terms.
- demonstrate both content knowledge and test taking skills when completing essay, objective, and multiple choice exams.
- demonstrate content knowledge in the broad areas of anthropology, including evolution, culture, genetics, archaeology, and human evolution.
- reach and express logical conclusions drawn on anthropological data.
- ANTH 300 Physical Anthropology (3)
- or ANTH 480 Honors Physical Anthropology (3)
- ANTH 301 Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1)
- ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
- or ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
- ANTH 320 Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory (3)
- ANTH 331 The Anthropology of Religion (3)
- or ANTH 332 Native Peoples of California (3)
- or ANTH 334 Native Peoples of North America (3)
- or ANTH 341 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
A minimum of 12 units from the following:
- ADMJ 332 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)
- or ANTH 303 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (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 300 Physical Geography: Exploring Earth›s Environmental Systems (3)
- GEOL 308 Introduction to Geology (3)
- GEOG 310 Human Geography: Exploring Earth›s Cultural Landscapes (3)
- GEOG 320 World Regional Geography (3)
- HIST 307 History of World Civilizations to 1500 (3)
- HIST 308 History of World Civilizations, 1500 to Present (3)
- HIST 320 History of the United States: African-American Emphasis (3)
- HIST 321 History of the United States: African-American Emphasis (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 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
- or SOC 480 Introductory Sociology – Honors (3)
- SOC 310 Marriage and the Family (3)
- or FCS 320 Marriage and the Family (3)
- SOC 312 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
- or ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community (3)
- SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
- or SOC 482 Sociology of Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality – Honors (3)
- SOC 335 Sociology of Aging (3)
- or GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3)
- SOC 341 Sex and Gender in the U.S. (3)
- or FCS 326 Sex and Gender in the U.S. (3)
- SOC 345 Global Women’s Issues (3)
- or WGS 302 Global Women’s Issues (3)
Total Units Required: 25
Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree
The Associate in Arts Degree may be obtained by successful completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60 unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.