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Anthropology, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code:  2_AAT_ANTH
Control number: 32118
Financial aid: Eligible

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree focuses on a critical and holistic analysis of humankind, their many cultural adaptations both globally and throughout time, and the vast diversity that humankind exhibits, both past and present. Students in the Associate in Arts in Anthropology Transfer Degree will gain a basic, though in-depth understanding of the various fields and sub-fields of anthropology, as well as the theoretical underpinnings and methodological approaches of this multidisciplinary subject. They will also gain a greater understanding of what it means to be human; the scientific origin of humans as a species; the role of culture in human evolution; and the importance of tolerance among sociocultural variation. Students will gain an appreciation of the diversity contained and exhibited by humankind on a global and historical scale. Students will engage in courses such as Cultural Anthropology; Physical Anthropology; Archaeology; Linguistics; Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion; and Native Peoples of North America; among others. After earning the Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree, students will be prepared to continue on for a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology at a CSU.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze and evaluate the origins and development of the human species from a cultural, biological, ecological, technological, and theoretical perspective.
  2. Compare and contrast variations in social customs unique to individual cultures.  
  3. Assess the importance of culture and cultural variation to the human species.
  4. Assess the importance of biocultural evolution, cultural relativity, and holism in an anthropological approach to the study of humanity. 

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses — Core
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH G130Introduction To Archaeology3
ANTH G185Physical Anthropology3
List A
Select one of the following:3-4
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics3
ANTH G185LPhysical Anthropology Lab1
List B
Select one to two of the following:4-6
Any course from List A not already used
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
GEOL G110Physical Geology4
GEOL G106Earth Science For Teachers4
GEOG G190Introduction to Geographic Information Systems2
List C
Select one to two of the following:3-6
Any course from List A or B not already used
ANTH G140Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ANTH G150Native Peoples of North America3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
GEOG G185Human Geography3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
MUS G103World Music3
PHIL G120Ethics3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
Major Total18-22
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted10-21
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)11-24
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH G140Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
ANTH G185Physical Anthropology3
ANTH G185LPhysical Anthropology Lab1
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
Select one or two of the following:2-8
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
GEOG G190Introduction to Geographic Information Systems2
GEOL G106Earth Science For Teachers4
GEOL G110Physical Geology4
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics3
Units13-19

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
ANTH G130Introduction To Archaeology3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3
Select one or two of the following NOT already taken:2-8
ANTH G140Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ANTH G150Native Peoples of North America3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
GEOG G185Human Geography3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
MUS G103World Music3
PHIL G120Ethics3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
GEOG G190Introduction to Geographic Information Systems2
GEOL G106Earth Science For Teachers4
GEOL G110Physical Geology4
PSYC G280Research Methods in Psychology4
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics3
Units11-17
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Area B1: Physical Science course (without lab)3
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
ANTH G200Gender, Culture, and Society3
Area C1: Arts course3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units0-5
Units15-20
Total minimum units required60