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Social Sciences, Communications, World Languages Division

Dr. Alex Miranda, Dean

For more information contact:
Lindsay McNutt
Division Coordinator
lmcnutt@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8384

ANTHROPOLOGY

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 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: 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:
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 

FULL-TIME FACULTY

Leah Walden-Hurtgen

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

A.A. Miami-Dade College; B.A., Florida Atlantic University; M.A., California State University Fullerton

lwalden-hurtgen@gwc.cccd.edu

(714) 892-7711 x 52142

Office: ADM 216


Department Co-Chair: Sunshine McClain

Associate Professor, History

A.A. in Social Studies at Golden West College; B.A. in History at California State University, Fullerton; M.A. in History at University of California, Irvine

smcclain@gwc.cccd.edu

(714) 892-7711 x51048

Office: ADM 228


Department Co-Chair: Noah Levin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Philosophy

B.S., Harvey Mudd College; M.A., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

nlevin@gwc.cccd.edu

(714) 892-7711 x51062

Office: ADM 213


PART-TIME FACULTY

• Kaine Fini

• Teri L. Humphrys

• David Jacobsen

• Mariela Mendoza