2020-2021 Spring Edition 
    Sep 29, 2022  
2020-2021 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology Associate of Arts

Anthropology is a diverse discipline that investigates the biological and cultural life of human beings across time and place. An anthropology degree provides students with an appreciation of other ways of life and a better understanding of the world in which they live. The curriculum in the Anthropology program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate of Arts (AA) in Anthropology degree by providing the necessary breadth in the field and an introduction to the methods used. While a baccalaureate or higher degree, which can be achieved through transfer, is recommended for those considering professional careers in anthropology, an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment as lab technicians, research assistants, museum workers, cultural resource conservators, and other related positions.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Describe the breadth of anthropology and be able to characterize anthropology’s distinctive theoretical and methodological approaches with respect to other disciplines.
  • Explain the fundamental processes of human biological evolution.
  • Describe modern human biological diversity.
  • Articulate an understanding of the cultural construction and historical uses of the concept of race.
  • Define and critically analyze the concepts of culture and cultural relativism.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think holistically and comparatively in describing human cultural diversity.
  • Critically analyze the process of globalization and its effects upon cultures around the world.
  • Articulate an anthropological perspective on contemporary issues and concerns, including the politics of inclusion and exclusion both locally and globally.
  • Discuss the importance of the scientific method in anthropological research.
  • Identify the correct methods and ethical responsibilities involved in conducting archaeological, biological, ethnographic, and/or linguistic fieldwork.


Course ID Title Units
ANTH 1  or Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 1H   Honors Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 2  or Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 2H   Honors Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 3  * Culture and Language 3
ANTH 9   Introduction to Archaeology 3
  Select from Restricted Electives 6-7



Restricted Electives:  Select 6-7 Units  
ANTH 4   Native American Cultures 3
ANTH 5   Anthropology of Latin America-Culture, Identity, and Power 3
ANTH 6  * Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective 3
ANTH 8   World Prehistory 3
ANTH 13   Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion 3
ANTH 15   The World of Primates 3
ANTH 16  * Archaeological Field Methods 1
ANTH 17   The Biological Evolution of Human Nature 3
ANTH 19  * Forensic Anthropology 3
ANTH 21   Women, Gender, and Culture - Cross-Cultural Perspectives 3
ANTH 22   Medical Anthropology 3
PSYC 44   Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
ES 1   Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Making Culture 3
ES 3   Introduction to Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Cultures 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

Suggested coursework not required for the major:  BIO 11, 22, 40; GEOG 2; HIST 20/SOC 20; MATH 10; PSYC 16; SOC 1.

Associate of Arts Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate of Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements  or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.