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Associate Degree for Transfer

Anthropology for Transfer

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The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree at Los Medanos College will provide students with an introduction to the fields of anthropology. Anthropology is the study of the human species throughout time; focusing on our diverse modern culture and cultural adaptations, our biological classifications as a species and our inclusion in the Order Primates, and our species past developments, including our historically steps to our first civilizations. The goal of Anthropology is to study the similarities and differences in biological and cultural adaptations and features across the globe throughout our human history.

Anthropology is a holistic discipline, which means that anthropologists study all aspects of humans and our behavior. The field of Anthropology has been broken up into five main sub-fields: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, and Archaeology, Linguistics, and Applied anthropology. Cultural Anthropology is concerned with the study of human culture and its variations across time and space. Physical Anthropologists aim to study our species from a biological perspective- examining our DNA, relationship to our closest animal relatives, the primates and the fossil evidence of our earliest human ancestors. Archaeology is the study of our past, focused specifically on reconstructing past behavior by looking at objects used by past people. Linguistic Anthropologists study human language and communication. Applied anthropology aims to solve global social problems affecting the world. The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree is designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of students. In addition to providing valuable multicultural understanding and cultural literacy life skills, career opportunities for students include jobs in international development/assistance (nonprofit and government), education, museums, international business, zoos, human services, health care, social services occupations and other related fields. The associate degree in Anthropology provides preparation for transfer to Anthropology programs at four year institutions.To earn the Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 transferable semester units that include:

  1. Complete CSU General Education- Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum IGETC) requirements.
  2. Complete the required major requirements listed below.
  3. Courses for the major and the GE requirements (CSU GE-Breadth, IGETC) must be completed with a grade of "C" or better or a "P" if the course is taken on a "pass-no pass" basis.
  4. Minimum GPA of 2.0. 

Required core courses (9 units total):


Cultural Anthropology



Introduction to Biological Anthropology


ANTHR 004 Introduction to Archaeology 3

LIST A: Choose two of the Following Courses (3 units total):


Anthropological Linguistics



Introduction to Statistics


LIST B: Choose any course from LIST A not already used and/or from the following (3-6 units total)


Introduction to Research Methods in



Introduction to Research Methods


LIST C: One course from List A or List B not already used.


Introduction to Sociology



Culture Change and Globalization


HIST-046 History and Cultures of Native Americans in        North America (Pre European Contact through 1838) 3
HIST-047 History and Cultures of Native Americans in North America (1830 to Present) 3
SPCH-150 Intercultural Communication 3

Total units required for major is 18-19 Units
Double counted: 2-13
GE (CSU/UC): 39
Electives: 12-16
Total Degree: 60