Explore the four fields of anthropology – cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Students receive unparalleled instruction and insight into human diversity, both biological and culturally, as well as human societies past and present around the globe.
The Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in anthropology is for students wishing to transfer to a four-year college or university. A student acquiring the Associate in Arts degree in anthropology will achieve an understanding of the diversity of humans and human cultures past and present around our globe.
While preparing the student for further study and eventual employment in the field of anthropology, this educational plan also is relevant for students preparing for a broad range of jobs in both government and international agencies that focus on cross-cultural issues and involve working with people from different cultural backgrounds. These jobs, in addition to work in international and government agencies, might include working in agricultural development and educational reform or as a consultant, planner, market analyst, survey researcher, forensic scientist, or refugee coordinator.
For a detailed list of careers, opportunities, meetings, and up-to-date news in the field of anthropology, visit the American Anthropological Association.
Anthropology Education Plan
Degree Offered: Associate in Arts
Notes for Anthropology Students
- ANTH 260 or ANTH 290 the Anthropology Fieldtrip is strongly recommended.
- Anthropology majors are encouraged to develop a broad base in the social sciences to include: SOC& 101-Intro to Sociology, and PSYC& 100-General PsychologyorHIST& 116-Western Civilization I.
Students are required to complete 3-5 credits in a Diversity course (D). A list of courses that satisfy the Diversity Requirement can be found in the college catalog.
*A language is strongly recommended.
**MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics (M) is recommended.
***HIST& 116 Western Civilization I is recommended for anthropology students desiring to specialize in archaeology.
ANTH& 100 - Survey of Anthroplogy
Participate in a four-field approach to the study of the diversity of humans and human cultures past and present around the globe. Gain a privileged view of the traditional subfields of anthropology : cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology. archaeology, and anthropological linguistics.
ANTH& 206 - Cultural Anthropology
Explore the whole of the human social and cultural world by means of investigating other peoples' beliefs and behaviors. Through a cross-cultural perspective we attempt to understand others in order to better learn about ourselves.
ANTH& 205, ANTH& 215 - Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology ANTH&215 and ANTH&205 (online) are both 5 credit-hour natural science courses that explore human biological evolution and adaptation through the study of the history of evolutionary theory, the primate and hominin fossil record, and comparisons of human and non-human primate morphology, genetics, and behavior. The biological basis of life (DNA) will be discussed as it pertains to heredity, evolution, and adaptation. Included will be an overview of the scientific method and subfields of anthropology as well as modern human biological variation and culture.
ANTH&215 - Credits: 5 Hours: (4 Lecture/1 Lab/0 Clinical/0 Field experience), Prerequisites: none; Corequisites: none; Natural Sciences).
*ANTH&205 (Online) - Credits: 5 Hours: (5 Lecture/0 Lab/0 Clinical/0 Field experience), Prerequisites: none; Corequisites: none; Natural Sciences).
*Note that the online course offering for biological anthropology (ANTH&205) has no lab component and counts for 5 lecture credits in the natural sciences exclusively (0 lab credit).
ANTH& 210 - Native Cultures of North America
Investigate the wide and varied cultural systems of beliefs, behaviors and technology practiced by traditional North American Indian peoples. Learn about such topics as subsistence patterns, exchange and trading relationships, marriage and the family, political organization, the life cycle, and religion, belief and knowledge.
ANTH 225 - Cultural Faces of Diversity
Join in an examination of ethnicity, ethnic identity, and the cultural characteristics of established and more recent ethnic and social groups in North America as well as around the world. Achieve an understanding of the relationship between social organization and forms of social, economic, and political domination and subordination.
ANTH 235 - Myth, Ritual, and Magic
Experience the supernatural and religious beliefs of peoples and cultures past and present around the globe. Examine different modes of constructing "reality" and "belief" as well as their methods of ritual application in societies worldwide.
Centralia College has direct AA-degree transfer agreements with the following colleges:
- Bastyr University
- Central Washington University
- City University
- Cornish College of the Arts
- Eastern Washington University
- Gonzaga University
- Heritage University
- Northwest University
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Saint Martin’s University
- Seattle Pacific University
- Seattle University
- The Evergreen State College
- Trinity Lutheran College
- University of Washington
- Washington State University
- Western Washington University
- Whitworth College