2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Feb 05, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog

Anthropology Associate in Arts for Transfer

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The curriculum in the Anthropology program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree in anthropology by providing the necessary breadth in the field and an introduction to the methods used. Students who complete the AA-T degree in Anthropology receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. 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.

Graduation Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth).

b. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

  1. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must earn a “C” (or “P” Pass) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.


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 9   Introduction to Archaeology 3
Group A:  Select one of the following courses (3 units)  
ANTH 3  * Culture and Language 3
ANTH 13   Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion 3
Group B:  Select one to two (3-5 units)  
BIO 11  * Human Anatomy 4
GEOL 1   Introduction to Physical Geology 4
GEOL 20   Introduction to Earth Science 4
GEOL 23   Environmental Geology 4
Group C:  Select one (3 units)  
ANTH 4   Introduction to Native American Studies 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 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-Culture, Health, and Healing 3
ES 1   Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Making Culture 3
ES 3   Introduction to Chicanx and Latinx Cultures 3



General Education (CSU GE or IGETC) 37-39

Additional CSU transferable electives may be needed to meet the 60 unit requirement for AD-T degrees

Total Degree Units 60

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

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