Academic Catalog

Anthropology

Program Description

Literally meaning “the study of humankind,” anthropology sits on the boundaries between the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and ponders basic questions about what it means to be human. Anthropology focuses on the diverse ways people around the world and through time have interacted with their environments, communicated with each other, organized their social lives, made sense of their world, and responded to emerging conflicts and challenges. In this program we introduce students to the importance of cultural awareness in our globally-interconnected lives, and we challenge colonial frameworks in academia and beyond. Our program prioritizes experiential learning and research both locally and internationally, through archaeological and ethnographic field programs run by our faculty. Our broad course offerings give students the opportunity to study in all fields of anthropology, including archaeology, biological and medical anthropology, forensics, cultural anthropology, linguistics, religion and belief systems, social constructs of race and ethnicity; and the capacity to build narratives of understanding and connection among people.

Learn more about the program on the Anthropology website.

Associate Degree for Transfer

This program also offers an Associate Degree for Transfer. Learn more and review the degree requirements on the Anthropology AA-T listing.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand and apply cultural relativism; they will be able to convey an understanding of multiple cultural perspectives.
  • Students will demonstrate a core knowledge base in anthropology appreciating and reflecting on human diversity in the past and present.
  • Students will integrate their knowledge and understanding of anthropological concepts and methods to creatively and ethically solve real-world human problems at the local, regional, and global scales.
  • Students will be able to articulate key concepts and events in the process of human evolution and demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities toward that end.
  • Students will be able to critically assess the important role that the past plays on the present, and conversely, the important role that the present has on the past from both local, regional, national and worldwide perspectives.

Career Opportunities

Anthropology serves as a basic springboard for understanding and working within the global arena. Anthropology graduates find opportunities in colleges, universities and museums as teachers and researchers, in federal and state governments as community planners, social science and public health analysts, archaeologists and education officers. There are also employment possibilities with the United Nations, UNESCO and World Health organizations. International corporations with offices and plants overseas need anthropologists, as do consulting firms that deal with both private corporations and governments. With the basic anthropology courses, the student can transfer to most of the universities in the country. The student may want to add statistics and business principles to enhance employment possibilities. Please visit the Anthropology website for further information.

Award Type(s)

  • AA = Associate in Arts Degree
  • CP = Certificate of Proficiency [Non-Transcriptable]

Units Required

  • Major: 36
  • Certificate(s): 12-20

Additional Information

Note: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking


A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (12 units)
  • Support courses (24 units)

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
ANTH 1INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
or ANTH 1H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 2ACULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
or ANTH 2AH HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 8INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY4
Support Courses
Select 12 units from the following:12
PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY
HONORS PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY
PATTERNS OF CULTURE
WORLD PREHISTORY: THE RISE & FALL OF EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
FIRST PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA
MAGIC, SCIENCE & RELIGION
PEOPLES OF AFRICA
APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY
LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: METHODS & PRACTICE
BASIC ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY
INTERMEDIATE ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY
NATIVE PEOPLES OF CALIFORNIA
THE AZTEC, MAYA, INCA & THEIR PREDECESSORS: CIVILIZATIONS OF THE AMERICAS
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL STUDIES
GLOBAL ISSUES
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or SOC 7
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
RESEARCH METHODS & DESIGNS
And 12 units from the following: 112
ARCHAEOLOGY SURVEY
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS
APPLIED CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
APPLIED PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
APPLIED ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD METHODS
CULTURES OF THE WORLD: BELIZE
CULTURES OF THE WORLD: BRITISH ISLES
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ANTHROPOLOGY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ANTHROPOLOGY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ANTHROPOLOGY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ANTHROPOLOGY
EVOLUTION, SYSTEMATICS & ECOLOGY
GENERAL BIOLOGY: BASIC PRINCIPLES
INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING & SPATIAL REASONING
INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING & SPATIAL REASONING
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION TO 800 CE
HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILIZATION
CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
HONORS CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
ASPECTS OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES
Total Units36

Certificate Requirements

Cultural Resource Management Certificate of Proficiency

  • Units: 19-20 [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

ANTH 4FIRST PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA4
ANTH 8INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY4
ANTH 51ARCHAEOLOGY SURVEY2
ANTH 52ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS4
ANTH 16LBASIC ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY1-2
or ANTH 17L INTERMEDIATE ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY
And four units from the following:4
WORLD PREHISTORY: THE RISE & FALL OF EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY
NATIVE PEOPLES OF CALIFORNIA
THE AZTEC, MAYA, INCA & THEIR PREDECESSORS: CIVILIZATIONS OF THE AMERICAS
INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING & SPATIAL REASONING
INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING & SPATIAL REASONING
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
Total Units19-20

Medical Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency

  • Units: 16-17 [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

ANTH 1INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
or ANTH 1H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 2ACULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
or ANTH 2AH HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 15MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: METHODS & PRACTICE4
And one course from the following:4-5
MAGIC, SCIENCE & RELIGION
APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY
LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Total Units16-17

Applied Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency

  • Units: 17 [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

ANTH 1INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
or ANTH 1H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 2ACULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
or ANTH 2AH HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 12APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY4
And one course from the following:1
APPLIED CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
APPLIED PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
APPLIED ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD METHODS
And four units from the following:4
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: METHODS & PRACTICE
Total Units17

Cultural Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency

  • Units: 16 [Non-Transcriptable]
Select 12 units from the following:12
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
PATTERNS OF CULTURE
FIRST PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA
MAGIC, SCIENCE & RELIGION
PEOPLES OF AFRICA
APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY
LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
And four units from the following:4
Any course not used above
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL STUDIES
GLOBAL ISSUES
CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
HONORS CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: OF EMPIRES & CONFLICT
CONTEMPORARY MUSICAL STYLES: THE BEATLES IN THE CULTURE OF POPULAR MUSIC
MUSIC OF AMERICAN CULTURES
HONORS MUSIC OF AMERICAN CULTURES
CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES FOR A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Total Units16

Forensic Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency

  • Units: 14 [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

ANTH 1INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
or ANTH 1H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 1LPHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY1
or ANTH 1HL HONORS PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY
ANTH 13INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY4
ANTH 13LFORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY1
ANTH 15MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: METHODS & PRACTICE4
Total Units14

Physical Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency

  • Units: 13 [Non-Transcriptable]
ANTH 1INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY4
or ANTH 1H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 1LPHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY1
or ANTH 1HL HONORS PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY
And eight units from the following:8
INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY LABORATORY
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: METHODS & PRACTICE
APPLIED CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
APPLIED PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
APPLIED ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD METHODS
EVOLUTION, SYSTEMATICS & ECOLOGY
GENERAL BIOLOGY: BASIC PRINCIPLES
HUMAN GENETICS
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
ASPECTS OF MARRIAGE & FAMILY
INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES
Total Units13

Archaeology Certificate of Proficiency

  • Units: 12 [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

Select eight units from the following:8
WORLD PREHISTORY: THE RISE & FALL OF EARLY CIVILIZATIONS
FIRST PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA
INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
BASIC ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY
INTERMEDIATE ARCHAEOLOGY LABORATORY
ARCHAEOLOGY SURVEY
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS
And four units from the following:4
Any course not used above
NATIVE PEOPLES OF CALIFORNIA
THE AZTEC, MAYA, INCA & THEIR PREDECESSORS: CIVILIZATIONS OF THE AMERICAS
APPLIED CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
APPLIED PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY FIELD METHODS
APPLIED ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD METHODS
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF ASIA: CHINA/JAPAN
CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
HONORS CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: THE ANCIENT WORLD
CULTURES, CIVILIZATIONS & IDEAS: OF EMPIRES & CONFLICT
Total Units12