Academic Catalogs

Anthropology

Anthropology offers students an opportunity to learn about and gain an appreciation for past and present human cultural and biological variation.  Completion of the AAT or AA degree requirements allows for the exploration of the four subfields of Anthropology, participation in specialty courses for a deeper understanding, and to select general education courses that provide a strong foundation for transfer to four-year degree programs.

Department Contact Information

Ulrike Green
ugreen@occ.cccd.edu 

Meredith Montagne
mmontagne1@occ.cccd.edu

Anthropology Department Website

ANTH A1003 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Cultural Anthropology  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

The analysis of social structure, family, kinship, belief, and rite. The determinants of culture and personality. The social analysis of three societies. The methods and perspectives of anthropology. C-ID: ANTH 120.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A100

    ANTH A100H3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
    Cultural Anthropology Honors  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

    The analysis of social structure, family, kinship, belief, and rite. The determinants of culture and personality. The social analysis of three societies. The methods and perspectives of anthropology. C-ID: ANTH 120.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A100H

      ANTH A1023 Units (54 lecture hours)  
      Native American  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

      The course provides students with an introduction to the development of Native North American cultures prior to the introduction of European Civilization in the Western Hemisphere. Students will explore the cultural conflicts generated by the European invasion and the position of Native North American life in contemporary America. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A102

        ANTH A1053 Units (54 lecture hours)  
        Anthropology of Nonverbal Behavior  

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU

        An analysis and individual awareness of nonverbal behavior in human interaction with emphasis on Western cultural patterns. Attention is given to the various levels of segments of nonverbal human interaction, including gesture, spatiality, body positions, and expression laughter. Foundations and developmental patterns of nonverbal dimensions are explored. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A105

          ANTH A1853 Units (54 lecture hours)  
          Physical Anthropology  

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

          As an introductory survey course, the class will cover three major areas in particular: 1) evolutionary theory, 2) the theories of human origin and evolution based upon comparative anatomy, biochemical studies and the fossil record, and 3) the origin and evolution of human culture and social organizations as revealed by the archaeological record and biochemical variations in modern humans, individual adaptations and growth and development studies. This course may also be offered online. C-ID: ANTH 110.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A185

            ANTH A185H3 Units (54 lecture hours)  
            Physical Anthropology Honors  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU,UC.

            As an introductory survey course, the class will cover three major areas in particular: 1) evolutionary theory, 2) the theories of human origin and evolution based upon comparative anatomy, biochemical studies and the fossil record, and 3) the origin and evolution of human culture and social organizations as revealed by the archaeological record and biochemical variations in modern humans, individual adaptations and growth and development studies. C-ID: ANTH 110.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A185H

              ANTH A185L1 Unit (54 lab hours)  
              Phys Anthropology Lab  
              Prerequisite(s): ANTH A185 or ANTH A185H or concurrent enrollment.

              Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

              This course covers laboratory exercises on human genetics, comparative primate anatomy, morphological characteristics of hominin fossils, and techniques of forensic anthropology. May be taken for grades or on a pass-no pass basis. C-ID: ANTH 115L.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A185L

                ANTH A1873 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                Introduction to Primate Studies  
                Advisory: ENGL A099.

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

                Transfer Credit: CSU, UC.

                This is an introductory course that will explore the evolution of primate behavior and morphology, with special attention to nonhuman primates. The course will enhance the understanding of human evolution by emphasizing nonhuman primate research. Topics include primate taxonomic classifications, social behaviors, foraging behavior, mating behavior, cognition, conservation, fossil record, and ecological conditions. Students will be introduced to the scientific method and behavioral observation methods. This course may include a zoo trip.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A187

                  ANTH A1903 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                  Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology  

                  Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                  Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                  This course uses an anthropological approach to understand language by exploring the following core areas: the biocultural basis of language, structural linguistics, historical linguistics, and sociocultural linguistics. C-ID: ANTH 130.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A190

                    ANTH A2203 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                    Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion  

                    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                    Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                    The course provides a comparative overview of systems of magic, witchcraft, and religion from past and present societies around the world. Students will identify and examine supernatural beliefs and practices in cultural settings with respect to the role of the material world as well as social and political systems.

                    Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A220

                      ANTH A2803 Units (54 lecture hours)  
                      Introduction to Archaeology  
                      Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL A100.

                      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                      Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

                      A study of the basic principles of archaeological research and cultural evolution based on technological change. Artifact types, site composition, and dating techniques are discussed as they relate to the various cultures both prehistoric and historic in the Old and New World. The cultural evolution of humans is then traced using artifact assemblages as the key to understanding cultural growth. C-ID: ANTH 150.

                      Catalog Program Pages Referencing ANTH A280