anthropology studentAnthropology

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
Emphasis: Anthropology

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.

First Year  
Fall Quarter
  • ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology (SS) (D) - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I (C) - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution (H)* - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • ANTH& 210 Indians of North America (SS) (D) - 5 credits
  • ENGL& 102 Composition II (C) - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution (H) - 5 credits
Spring Quarter
  • ANTH& 215 Bioanthropology w/lab (NS) - 5 credits
  • ANTH 235 Myth, Ritual and Magic (SS) (D) - 5 credits
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution (M)** - 5 credits

*A language is strongly recommended.

**MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics (M) is recommended.


Second Year  
Fall Quarter
  • ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology (SS) (D) - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution (NS) - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution (SS)*** - 5 credits
Winter Quarter
  • Electives - 7-10 credits
  • Health & Fitness Distribution (HF) - 3 credits
  • Social Science Distribution (SS)*** - 5 credits
Spring Quarter
  • ANTH 225 Cultural & Ethnic Pluralism in Contemporary Society (SS) (D) - 5 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits
  • Humanities Distribution (H) - 5 credits 

***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.


Tobias R. Avalos  (he/him/his)
Associate Professor – Anthropology
Office: WSC 216-G
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