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Anthropology, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner Code: 3_AAT_ANTH

Control Number: 41677

Financial Aid Eligible


The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree prepares students with a holistic area of study which focuses on the diversity of the human condition in the past, present, and future. Students in this program will gain an understanding of what it means to be human through the four-field anthropological approach which includes a physical/biological, cultural, linguistic, and archeological perspective. Students who successfully complete the degree will acquire skills and knowledge in the practical application of anthropological theories and perspectives which are designed to create a life-long learning tool to interpret the world around them. The various fields and sub-fields of anthropology will provide an insight in the evolutionary origins of the human species as well as an understanding of the importance that culture has had in this unique human journey. Students who successfully complete the program requirements will also gain an appreciation and tolerance for diversity. Students will engage in courses such as Cultural Anthropology; Physical Anthropology; Archaeology; Linguistics; World Cultures; and Food and Culture. After earning the Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree, students will be prepared to continue on for a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology.

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are open to all Coastline students. Students who do not plan on transferring to a California State University school should consult their Counselor regarding the benefits of an AA-T/AS-T degree based on their goals. Students earning an AA-T or AS-T and intending on transferring to a California State University school receive transfer admission benefits for specific majors at many California State University campuses. Visit the Transfer Information catalog page for more information.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the cultural and biological differences and similarities throughout the world through knowledge gained by studying the holistic nature of the four-fields: physical/biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.
  2. Describe and define anthropological research methods, ethical concerns, and apply anthropological theories as used in past and current practice by anthropologists to develop solutions to real world issues.
  3. Summarize and discuss the importance of genetic and molecular principals when studying, identifying, and interpreting the hominin fossil record.
  4. Examine and explain the differences between the biological concept of race and the social/political construct use of the term race.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units. A minimum of 12 units must be in residence at Coastline College.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an Associate Degree for Transfer major as detailed in the catalog.
  4. Certified Completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth - Coastline’s Option 2 General Education pattern), OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC - Coastline Option 3 General Education pattern).
Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
ANTH C100Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH C120Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH C185Physical Anthropology3
List A
Complete one of the following:3-4
World Cultures
Introduction to Statistics
List B
Complete one or two courses of List A not used or of the following:3-5
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
Human Anatomy
General Geology
and Geology Lab
Earth Sciences for Teachers
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Techniques with Lab
List C
Complete one course of List A or List B not used or of the following:3
Global Perspectives of Food and Culture
Global Perspectives of Food and Culture
Introduction to Linguistics
Intercultural Communication
History of Ethnic Minorities in the United States
History of Ethnic Minorities in the United States
Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
Racial and Ethnic Relations in America
Latin American History and Culture
World Music
Introduction to Sociology
Globalization and Social Change
Units Required for Major19-21
Local General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC patternVaries
Electives to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units for Degree60