Anthropology Department

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing courses in Anthropology will

  • Differentiate between individual choices and choices made for us by our culture
  • Identify ethnocentrism (centered in one's own culture) in self and others, and assess the effects of ethnocentrism on cross-cultural relations among individuals, groups and nations
  • Demonstrate in written or oral work, or lab exercise, knowledge and application of scientific method and the development of cultural and biological theory about humans
  • Classify universal shared elements of culture and assess alternative ways that human groups meet needs for stability, reproduction and social control.
  • Name and describe living patterns and world views of several groups in the world today as well as that of their own group
  • Investigate past life and culture, educating others through oral and creative projects about the value of preservation and reconstruction of the past.
  • Learn the place of humans in the biological continuum, identify and critique principles of human evolution, and see humans and themselves as part of Nature, not apart from nature.

Students will demonstrate analysis and mastery of program materials through written tests, quizzes, term papers or projects, oral presentations and discussions.


Career Options
  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeology Technologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Environmental Impact Analyst
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Transcultural Health-Care Worker
  • Instructor
  • Museum Curator
  • Population Analyst

Some career options may require work beyond the AA or AS degree.

Degree / Certification

A.A. Degree

Anthropology is the study of people, ranging from the origin and biological evolution of our species to tracing the prehistory and history of cultures to defining group behavior in non-western and western cultures. Thus, anthropology is considered to be the most holistic of the social sciences. The goal of anthropology is to answer the question, "What is humankind?" from a biological, prehistoric, and behavioral perspective. The integrative approach to the discipline links anthropology with the life and social sciences, and has strong ties with disciplines ranging from biology and psychology to political science, history, and the arts, providing a humanistic perspective. Anthropology is particularly suited to persons with a wide range of interests as well as offering specific insights to others in more specialized disciplines. The study of anthropology offers preparation for careers in teaching, law enforcement, medicine and health care, and museums, to name just a few. Increasingly, business and industry leaders are employing anthropologists in key positions because their holistic perspective and broad cultural understanding prepare them to address modern-day challenges.

Catalog & Course Information