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.
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 Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree, students will be prepared to continue on for a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology at a California State University.
Program Level Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
1. Analyze and evaluate the origins and development of the human species from a cultural, biological, ecological, technological, and theoretical perspective.
2. Assess the importance of biocultural evolution, cultural relativity, and holism in an anthropological approach to the study of humanity.
3. Compare and contrast variations in social customs unique to individual cultures.
4. Assess the importance of culture to the human species.
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.
ANTH G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
ANTH G130 – Introduction to Archaeology – 3 units
ANTH G185 Physical Anthropology – 3 units
List A: Select one to two courses (3-4 units) MATH G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units
ANTH – G190 Introduction to Linguistics – 3 units
ANTH – G185L Physical Anthropology Lab – 1 unit
List B: Select one to two courses (4-6 units)
Any List A course not already used
PSYC G280 – Research Methods in Psychology – 4 units
BIOL G220 – Human Anatomy – 4 units
GEOL G110 – Physical Geology – 4 units
GEOL 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
ANTH G140 – Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion – 3 units
ANTH G150 – Native Peoples of North America – 3 units
COMM G255 – Intercultural Communication – 3 units
ECOL G100 – Human Ecology – 3 units
GEOG G185 – Human Geography – 3 units
HIST G120 – Asian Civilizations – 3 units
HIST G150 – History of Latin America – 3 units
MUS G103 – World Music – 3 units
PHIL G120 – Ethics – 3 units
SOC G133 – Racial and Ethnic Relations In America – 3 units
Total units: 19-25
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39
Total units that may be double-counted: 9-15
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 14-20
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units
( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.
ANTHROPOLOGY G100 – 3 Units
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./
ANTHROPOLOGY G130 – 3 Units
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. C-ID: ANTH 150. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.
ANTHROPOLOGY G140 – 3 Units
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.
ANTHROPOLOGY G150 – 3 Units
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.
ANTHROPOLOGY G185 – 3 Units
(Formerly known as: Anthropology 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. C-ID: ANTH 110. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.
ANTHROPOLOGY G185L – 1 Unit
Physical Anthropology Lab
(Formerly known as: Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab, ANTH G121)
Prerequisites: Enrollment in or completion of Anthropology 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. C-ID: ANTH 115L. Lab. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.
ANTHROPOLOGY G190 – 3 Units
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. C-ID ANTH 130. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.
ANTHROPOLOGY G200 – 3 Units
Gender, Culture, and Society
(Formerly known as: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality: Cross-Cultural Perspectives) Advisories: Anthropology G100
This course is an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to the topics of gender, sex, and sexuality. Particular emphasis will be given to the role of gender variation in social and cultural identity, inequality, and institutions. Topics are examined through both anthropological and sociological perspectives with cross-cultural, contemporary, historical, and biological components. 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 Channel Islands
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/
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:
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.
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
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A.A. Miami-Dade College; B.A., Florida Atlantic University; M.A., California State University Fullerton
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