Program: Anthropology

Overview

Anthropology

The mission of this program is to present anthropology as the scientific global study of the biological and cultural aspects of humankind throughout time. This program will also prepare students to transfer successfully to a baccalaureate program at the university level. Students will be given the opportunity to apply theory and gain hands-on experience to explore the broad perspective of the diversity of interests that can be accommodated by pursuing a degree in anthropology. Training in anthropology will prepare students for any career that takes place in a multicultural setting. 

Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T), Anthropology

Anthropology is the global study of humankind throughout time. It is concerned with both the biological and cultural aspects of humankind. Anthropology is a holistic discipline that explores the entire nature of humanity from different perspectives. Cultural anthropology, or ethnology, focuses on an in-depth, long-term, total immersion into another culture through the fieldwork methodology of participant observation. 

Archaeology studies humankind in the past. Archaeology seeks to understand past cultures through the study of the material remains, or artifacts, those past societies have left behind. Physical anthropology explores humankind from a biological perspective, including our origin as a species and our evolution as a species, within the broader framework of culture. Anthropology is a unique framework that allows us to study humankind in its entirety. We are living in an increasingly globalized world and Anthropology will provide the preparation for anyone who is preparing for a career that involves the interface between cultures and will enable one to succeed in that career. 

Program Learning Outcomes: 
  • Analyze and describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical evidence on the cultural and/or biological evolution of the human species. 
  • Utilize the scientific method to analyze the advantages and limitations of various anthropological research methodologies used to address our understanding of the cultural and/or biological evolution of the human species.