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Anthropology Department

Below are the catalog descriptions of the anthropology courses that are currently being offered at Long Beach City College. Two new courses will be added in Fall 2017 (Physical Anthropology Lab and Linguistic Anthropology). Not all classes are offered all semesters, so please check the current schedule of classes.

Anthr 1 Physical Anthropology
This course introduces the concepts, methods of inquiry, and theory of biological evolution and their application to the human species. Issues and topics will include the principles of genetics and evolution, human variation and biocultural adaptations, comparative primate anatomy and behavior, and the fossil evidence for human evolution. The philosophy of science and the scientific method serve as foundations to the course.

CSU and UC transferable. Meets the general education biological science / life science AA and transfer requirements. 3 units.

Anthr 2 Cultural Anthropology
This  course  is  an  introduction  to  the  study  of  the concepts, theories, and methods used in the comparative study of sociocultural systems. This course includes a comparison  of  subsistence  patterns,  social  structure, political  organization,  language,  family,  kinship, religion, and the arts as practiced by different cultures. It also explores social inequality, ethnicity, and gender and the  application  of  anthropological  perspectives  to contemporary issues in the midst of culture change.

CSU and UC transferable. Meets the general education social science AA and transfer requirements. 3 units.

Anthr 3 Introduction to Archaeology
This course is an introduction to the study of concepts, theories, and methods of anthropological archaeology as well  as  a  review  of  significant  data  and  models  that contribute to knowledge of the human past. The course includes a discussion of the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques and methods of survey,  excavation, and analysis;  cultural resource  management;  ethical  considerations;  and selected cultural sequences.

CSU and UC transferable. Meets the general education social science AA and transfer requirements. 3 units.

Anthr 10
Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
This course is a survey of systems of magic, witchcraft and religion from past and present societies around the world.  The  course  examines  beliefs  and  practices  in cultural  settings  with respect  to  the  role  of  the supernatural in people‚Äôs lives.

CSU and UC transferable. Meets the general education social science AA and transfer requirements. 3 units.

Anthr 20 Archaeology field Survey Methods
This  course  will  introduce  students  to  archaeological survey methods through lectures and supervised field experience. Instruction will focus on compass reading, topographic  map orientation,  research  design,  and creating  maps using  various  survey  instruments, including  a  pocket  transit,  automatic  level,  and electronic total station.

CSU transferable. 3 units.

Honors Program Courses        
Anthr 1, 2, 3 are taught as honors courses in addition to the regular sections. These sections involve more in-depth study of certain topics and opportunities for independent research. To enroll, you must qualify for the LBCC honors program, which provides many benefits to dedicated students. Follow the link in the "Links and Downloads" section to learn more.

Online Courses Anthr 2 and 10 are currently taught online, through our distance learning program, in addition to being taught as face-to-face classes. Check the current schedule of classes for section availability.


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