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Anthropology Program

2016-2017

Description

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human, with a worldwide perspective and a time depth of millions of years. It encompasses five sub-fields of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and applied anthropology. The study of anthropology prepares students to better understand themselves in their own sociocultural context, better understand and communicate across cultural boundaries, and prepare for careers involving social interaction and policy (EG, business, education, environmental protection and cultural resource management, health, law, and religion).

Students planning a major in anthropology should prepare themselves with an undergraduate courses which complement that major. An undergraduate major in anthropology is not intended to be a training program, since professional anthropologists draw their experiences from a variety of academic backgrounds and personal experiences. It is recommended that a student who plans an anthropology major consult one of the anthropologists on the faculty for advice on courses that will be most valuable. For all students, anthropology will provide a unique cross-cultural understanding of other peoples. It is a program suited for transfer students who wish to major or minor in anthropology.

Award Type Units
Associate of Arts Degree:
Anthropology 18*
Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree:
Anthropology 18-20

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Anthropology Program will acquire these skills:

  • Critical Thinking: Think critically in reading, writing, and/or speaking about topics in Anthropology, thereby identifying problems, theses, arguments, evidence and conclusions.
  • Communication: Write or speak about topics in Anthropology, thereby addressing problems, formulating theses, making arguments, analyzing and weighing evidence, and deriving conclusions.
  • Personal Actions and Civic Responsibilities: Demonstrate an ability to understand one’s role in society, take responsibility for one’s own actions, and make ethical decisions in complex situations.
  • Global Awareness: Articulate the varieties of biological and cultural adaptations, and demonstrate an understanding of cultural pluralism.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Associate of Arts Degree

Anthropology

Note: Only one Anthropology (ANTH) course from the above list may be used to satisfy SDCCD general education requirements.

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended Electives: Biology 100 , 110 , 215 , 230 , 250; Communication Studies 103 or 135 ; Computer and Information Sciences 150 ; English 202 , 211 , 215 , 220 ; Geography 101 , 102 ; Geology 100 , 101 ; History 105 , 106 , 150 , 151 ; Philosophy 102A ; Political Science 140 ; Psychology 101 , 112 , 258 (or Math 119 ), 260 ; Sociology 101 , 110.

Other Recommended Electives: Foreign Languages (Although no course in a foreign language is specified in the above course sequence, a minimal familiarity with one foreign language is desirable. The particular language should be selected in consultation with the Behavioral Science Department anthropologists).

Courses Required for the Major: Units
ANTH 102 Intro to Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 103 Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 107 Intro to Archaeology 3
Select nine units from the following:
ANTH 104 Laboratory in Physical Anthropology 1
ANTH 115 Introduction to Archaeological Field Work 4
ANTH 120 Archaeological Artifact Analysis 3
ANTH 200 Introduction to North American Indians 3
ANTH 205 Introduction to Medical Anthropology 3
ANTH 210 Introduction to California Indians 3
ANTH 215 Cultures of Latin America 3
ANTH 110 Anthropology of Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion 3
ANTH 125 Archaeological Faunal Remains Analysis 3
Total Units = 18

Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Anthropology Program will acquire these skills:

  • Critical Thinking: Think critically in reading, writing, and/or speaking about topics in Anthropology, thereby identifying problems, theses, arguments, evidence and conclusions.
  • Communication: Write or speak about topics in Anthropology, thereby addressing problems, formulating theses, making arguments, analyzing and weighing evidence, and deriving conclusions.
  • Personal Actions and Civic Responsibility: Demonstrate an ability to understand one’s role in society, take responsibility for one’s own actions, and make ethical decisions in complex situations.
  • Global Awareness: Articulate the varieties of biological and cultural adaptations, and demonstrate an understanding of cultural pluralism.

Students will be assessed through a combination of performance evaluations, written assignments, and written tests and quizzes.

Note: Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor and visit www.assist.org for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

Award Notes: Students are required to complete a maximum of 60 CSU transferable units with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0.

Major: A minimum of 18 units with grade of C or better.

General Education: In addition to the courses required in the major, students must complete one of the following general education options:

  • The California State University General Education Breadth pattern
  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern

Note: Completion of the California State University American Institutions graduation requirement is strongly recommended prior to transfer.

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Electives as needed to meet maximum of 60 units required for the degree.

Courses Required for the Major: Units
ANTH 102 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 103 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 107 Introduction to Archaeology 3
Category A: Select one of the following courses (3 Units)
ENGL 202 Introduction to Linguistics 3
MATH 119 Elementary Statistics or
PSYC 258 Behavioral Science Statistics 3
Category B: Select one or two of the following courses, or any course not selected in Category A (3-5 Units)
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy 4
GEOL 100 Physical Geology 3
and
GEOL 101 General Geology Laboratory 1
GISG 104 Geographic Information Science and
Spatial Reasoning
3
PHIL 112 Philosophy of Science 3
PSYC 255 Introduction to Psychological Research 3
Category C: One course from the following (3-4 units)
ANTH 104 Laboratory in Physical Anthropology 1
ANTH 115 Introduction to Archaeological Field Work 4
ANTH 120 Archaeological Artifact Analysis 3
ANTH 200 Introduction to North American Indians 3
ANTH 205 Introduction to Medical Anthropology 3
ANTH 210 Introduction to California Indians 3
ANTH 215 Cultures of Latin America 3
GEOG 101 Physical Geography 3
and
GEOG 101L Physical Geography Laboratory 1
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography 3
GEOL 104 Earth Science 3
HUMA 106 World Religions 3
MUSI 109 World Music 3
SOCO 101 Principles of Sociology 3
Total Units = 18-20

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.