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Dr. Robyn Brammer, Dean

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Anthropology is the study of workings of societies around the world and long-term development of the human organism.

It’s a great time to become an Anthropologist!

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of anthropologists and archaeologists is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations”. These numbers suggest there are not have enough anthropologists and that this is a robust career choice, growing at a significantly higher rate than the 11% growth forecast for all occupations.

Where are Anthropologists Working?

Today’s anthropologists don’t just work in exotic locations. Anthropologists can be found in a surprising array of fields and careers. They can be found in corporations, all levels of government, educational institutions, and non-profit associations.

Associate in Arts Degree in Anthropology for Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Associate in Arts Degree in Anthropology for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree focuses on a critical and holistic analysis of humankind, their many cultural adaptations, both globally and throughout time, and the vast diversity that humankind exhibits, both past and present. Students in the Anthropology Transfer program will gain a basic, though in-depth, understanding of the various fields and sub-fields of anthropology, as well as the theoretical underpinnings of this holistic discipline. Students will engage in courses such as Cultural Anthropology; Physical Anthropology; Archaeology; Magic, Witchcraft and Religion; Racial and Ethnic Relations in America; among others. After earning the AA transfer degree, students will be prepared to continue on for a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the origins and development of the human species from a cultural and technological perspective.
  • Compare and contrast variations in social customs unique to individual cultures.
  • Assess the importance of culture to the human species.
  • Analyze and evaluate the various theories set forth that explain the origins and development of humans, and human culture.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the AA in Anthropology for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
Anthropology G130 – Introduction to Archaeology – 3 units
Anthropology G185 Physical Anthropology – 3 units

List A: Select one to two courses (3-4 units)
Math G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units
Anthropology – G190 Introduction to Linguistics – 3 units
Anthropology – G185L Physical Anthropology Lab – 1 unit

List B: Select one to two courses (4-6 units)
Any List A course not already used
Psychology G280 – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units
Biology G220 – Human Anatomy – 4 units
Geology G110 – Physical Geology – 4 units
Geology G106 – Earth Science for Teachers – 4 units

List C: Select one to two courses (3-6 units)
Any List A or B course not already used
Anthropology G140 – Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion – 3 units
Anthropology G150 – Native Peoples of North America – 3 units
Communication Studies G255 – Intercultural Communication – 3 units
Ecology G100 – Human Ecology – 3 units
Geography G185 – Human Geography – 3 units
History G120 – Asian Civilizations – 3 units
History G150 – History of Latin America – 3 units
Music G103/Humanities G103 – World Music – 3 units
Philosophy G120 – Ethics – 3 units
Sociology G133 – Racial and Ethnic Relations In America – 3 units

Total units: 19-25

Semester at a Glance

Semester 1

ANTH G100 (Core) – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
ANTH G185 (Core) – Physical Anthropology – 3 units
ANTH G185L (List A) – Intro to Physical Anthro Lab (optional) – 1 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2

ANTH G130 (Core) – Introduction to Archaeology – 3 units
ANTH G190 (List A) – Introduction to Linguistics – 3 units
MATH G160 (List A) – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3

ANTH G140 (List C) – Magic, Witchcraft, Religion – 3 units
ANTH G150 (List C) – Native Peoples of North America – 3 units
PSYC G280 (List B) – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units
BIOL G220 (List B) – Human Anatomy – 4 units
GEOL G110 (List B) – Physical Geology – 4 units 
GEOL G106 (List B) – Earth Science for Teachers – 4 units 
GEOG G190 (List B) – Intro to Geographic Information Systems – 2 units 
General Education – TBD

Semester 4

Communications G255 (List C) – Intercultural Communications – 3 units
ECOL G100 (List C) – Human Ecology – 3 units
SOC G133 (List C) – Racial and Ethnic Relations in America – 3 units
PHIL G120 (List C) – Ethics – 3 units
GEOG G185 (List C) – Human Geography
HIST G120 (List C) – Asian Civilizations – 3 units
HIST G150 (List C) – History of Latin America – 3 units
MUS/HUM G103 – World Music – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 19-20 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 9-15 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 14-20 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.

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Course Outline
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Advisories: English G100
An introduction to the theories, methods, and applications of anthropological inquiry. The course includes a discussion of the history of the discipline; the characteristics of culture; fieldwork methods and professional ethics; culture and communication; subsistence strategies; economics; social and political organization; and the impacts of globalization on cultures around the world. C-ID: ANTH G120 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

Course Outline
Introduction to Archaeology
An introduction to the theories, methods and applications of archaeological inquiry using a comparative approach to reconstruct the social and political systems of ancient world cultures. The course includes a discussion of fieldwork methods; dating techniques; human paleontology; faunal and botanical evidence; historical archaeology; cultural resource management; and professional ethics. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

Course Outline
Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
This course is a cross-cultural study of systems of magic, witchcraft and religion from the past and the present. Emphasis will be placed on the practical influences of social life, human biological and psychological needs, and the environment. Special topics include myth, religious healing, witchcraft and sorcery, Shamanic practice, magic, ritualism, symbolism, and their influences on contemporary religious practices. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

Course Outline
Native Peoples of North America
(Formerly known as: Indians of North America)
An examination of Native American Indian cultures, environments, and histories. The course will examine the major cultural areas of North America and analyze the mechanisms and causations of cultural variation and adaptation. The course will review the subsistence strategies, religions, artworks, social organizations and environments of native peoples of North America, and relate the data to theoretical models in anthropology. Contemporary and ethical issues will also be discussed. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

Course Outline
Physical Anthropology
(Formerly known as: ANTH G120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology)
This is an introductory course in the concepts, methods of inquiry and theory of biological evolution and their application to the human species. Specific focus is on molecular, Mendelian and population genetics, mechanisms of evolution of homo sapiens and non-human primates, paleoanthropology, biocultural adaptations, human variation, and current bioethical issues. The philosophy of science and the scientific method serve as foundations to the course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

Course Outline
Physical Anthropology Lab
(Formerly known as: Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab, ANTH G)
Prerequisites: Enrollment in or completion ofAnthroplogy G185 or Anthropology G120
This laboratory course covers cellular biology; evolutionary principals; human genetics and heredity; human, hominin and non-human primate anatomy; primate fossil records; forensic anthropology; and modern human biological variation. Pre-requisite or co-requisite: ANTH G185 (Physical Anthropology). Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

Course Outline
Introduction to Linguistics
This course introduces students to language and culture issues in historical linguistics and contemporary perspective. It’s about the nature of language and about how people talk and why they talk the way they do. The complex intersections of language, culture, race, ethnicity, and gender will be explored through social interactions and their dynamics. Field research will be discussed, including goal development and analytical methodologies. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU.

Course Outline
Gender, Sex, and Sexuality: Cross- Cultural Perspectives
Advisories: ANTH G100 
This course examines the concepts of gender, sex, and sexuality from a cross-cultural, global perspective. Historical and contemporary examples will be used to illustrate the complex cultural dynamics, such as political power, associated with gendered roles in societies. Topics will be contextualized within the theoretical and methodological approaches of anthropology. Lecture. Optional pass/ no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC. 

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Anthropology will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website:

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

A Major in Anthropology leads to many career opportunities and specialized areas of study, including:







Areas of Anthropological Study
  • Sociocultural Anthropology – Examines social patterns and practices across cultures
  • Archaeology – Studies past people and cultures through the analysis of material remains
  • Biological Anthropology – Studies human and non-human primates past and present from ecological and evolutionary perspectives, addressing the intersection of behavior, culture and biology and how these systems impact health and well-being
  • Linguistic Anthropology – Studies the ways in which language reflects and influences social life
  • Medical Anthropology – Seeks to better understand factors that influence peoples’ health and well being
  • Forensic Anthropology – Analyzes skeletal, decomposed, or otherwise unidentified human remains to aid in detection of crime
  • Business Anthropology – Applies anthropological theories and methods to identify and solve business problems
  • Visual Anthropology – Uses images for the description, analysis, communication and interpretation of behavior
  • Environmental Anthropology – Examines how people interact with, respond to, and bring about changes in the environment
  • Museum Anthropology – Studies the history of museums, their role in society, and changes in this role
Today there are four main career paths for anthropologists:
Academic Careers

On campuses, in departments of anthropology, and in research laboratories, anthropologists teach and conduct research. They spend a great deal of time preparing for classes, writing lectures, grading papers, working with individual students, composing scholarly articles, and writing books.

A number of academic anthropologists find careers in other departments or university programs, such as schools of medicine, epidemiology, public health, ethnic studies, cultural studies, community or area studies, linguistics, education, ecology, cognitive psychology and neural science.

Corporate and Business Careers

Many corporations look explicitly for anthropologists, recognizing the utility of their perspective on a corporate team. A corporate anthropologist working in market research might conduct targeted focus groups to examine consumer preference patterns not readily apparent through statistical or survey methods. These anthropologists use their research skills to talk to consumers and users of technology to find out how products and services could be improved to better meet the needs of consumers.

Government Careers

State and local governmental organizations use anthropologists in planning, research and managerial capacities. Contract archaeology is a growing occupation with state and federal legislative mandates to assess cultural resources affected by government funded projects. Forensic anthropologists, in careers glamorized by Hollywood and popular novels, not only work with police departments to help identify mysterious or unknown remains but also work in university and museum settings.

The federal government is one of the largest employers of anthropologists outside of academia. Possible career paths include: international development, cultural resource management, the legislative branch, forensic and physical anthropology, natural resource management, and defense and security sectors.

Non-profit and Community-based Careers

Non-governmental organizations, such as international health organizations and development banks employ anthropologists to help design and implement a wide variety of programs. However, these aren’t the only opportunities available.

Many anthropologists work in local, community-based settings for non-profit agencies. Sometimes, they work through community-based research organizations like the Institute for Community Research. Other times, they might work for established organizations in a community like the YMCA, local schools, or environmental organizations.

Source: The American Anthropological Organization 


Chair: David W. Moore
Professor, History
B.A. (Honors), University of Greenwich, London England; M.A. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England; further graduate study: University of Northumbria; University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (714) 892-7711 x58264
Office ADM 228

Leah Walden-Hurtgen
Instructor, Anthropology
A.A. Miami-Dade College; B.A., Florida Atlantic University; M.A., California State University Fullerton, (714) 892-7711 x 52142
Office ADM 216

Part-time faculty:

  • Andrea Kaine Fini
  • Teri Humphrys
  • David Jacobsen
  • Christopher Ortega
  • Mariela Mendoza