Anthropology is a diverse discipline that investigates the biological and cultural life of human beings at all times and in all places. An anthropology degree provides students with an appreciation of other ways of life and different systems of belief, and perhaps most importantly, a better understanding of the world in which they live. The curriculum in the Anthropology program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate in Arts in Anthropology degree by providing the necessary breadth in the field and an introduction to the methods used. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree in anthropology, which can be achieved through transfer, is recommended for those considering professional careers. saddleback

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Describe the breadth of anthropology and be able to characterize anthropology’s distinctive theoretical and methodological approaches with respect to other disciplines.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the discipline and the centrality of the four-field approach in American anthropology.
  • Explain the basic processes of human biological evolution.
  • Describe modern human biological diversity and articulate an informed position on the question of race.
  • Define and critically analyze the concepts of culture and cultural relativism.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think holistically and comparatively in describing human cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of social and cultural change through time.
  • Discuss the politics of inclusion and exclusion both locally and globally.
  • Articulate an anthropological perspective in relation to contemporary issues and concerns.
  • Discuss the importance of the scientific method in anthropological research.
  • Identify the correct methods for the undertaking of biological, ethnographic, linguistic, and/or archaeological research.
  • Identify the ethical responsibilities and concerns in the conducting of anthropological research.
  • Write concisely and logically, incorporating relevant data and knowledge.
  • Critically evaluate information sources about different peoples and cultures.


Program taught in:
  • English

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