Anthropology – Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer to CSU

Top Code: 2202.00

Anthropology is the comprehensive study of humans, our ancestors, and our non-human primate relatives. The field explores what it means to be human, from prehistoric times to the present. Anthropologists investigate contemporary human social behaviors (cultural anthropology), the origins and nature of languages (linguistic anthropology), human evolution, variation and adaptation (physical anthropology), and the ancient life ways and cultural development of past human populations (archaeology). The anthropology program at Pasadena City College provides courses that enable students to complete lower division prerequisites and general education requirements for transfer to institutions of higher learning and/or receive an associate degree. The goal of the anthropology program is to prepare students to use the discipline’s holistic perspective, research methods, and general knowledge in order to find reasonable solutions to human dilemmas.  The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree is designed to prepare the student for seamlessly transferring to the CSU to earn a baccalaureate degree in anthropology.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better, or P if the course if graded on a P/NP basis in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and its application to anthropological research.
  2. Identify patterns and analyze the adaptive relationships between organisms and their environments.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of past human societies and a comprehension of how archaeological evidence is used to reconstruct past processes of culture change.
  4. Understand and articulate the breath of cultural beliefs and practices found across cultures and throughout time, with special emphasis on indigenous traditions.
  5. Articulate an understanding of ethical principles and responsibilities in anthropological research using a relativistic framework.

Associate in Arts Degree in Anthropology for Transfer

Required Core
ANTH 001PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
or ANTH 001H HONORS PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 002CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY3
or ANTH 002H HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTH 003INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY3
List A
Select one of the following:3
LABORATORY IN PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTIC ANTHROPOLOGY
STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
List B
Select one course or Any List A course not already use:3-4
Area 1: Science Methods
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
Area 2: Sciences
HUMAN ANATOMY
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (with Lab)
List C
Select one from List A or B course not already used:3
ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION, MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT
ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARTIFACT ANALYSIS
GENDER, SEX AND CULTURE
AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURES
MEXICAN AND CHICANO CULTURE
APPLICATIONS OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD WORK
Required Subtotal18-19
CSU General Education or IGETC CSU Pattern37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total60

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree