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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

Ancient Egyptian mummies and their tombs. Thousands of miles of Inca roads. The Bunlap people’s tower diving ritual. Million-year-old pre-human hominin fossils. The incredible precision of the ancient Mayan calendar. These are only a few examples of the kinds of things Anthropologists study.

Anthropology is the study of humanity. It is a broad and diverse discipline that examines the origin, behavior, and development of humans and what it means to be human in the cultural, biological, and historical sense.

In the MCC Anthropology program, you’ll learn about who you are as a participant in a culture, where and when human life arose, and how you fit into nature. You’ll learn what we humans share in the ways we behave and the ways we’ve come to play such a major role in the world. You’ll examine what past societies and civilizations were like, what drives us to war, how religion is shaped differently across different societies, and how unequal distribution of resources and wealth within societies can impact those societies.

Transfer Degree

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer degree options for the Anthropology program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Anthropology Anthropology Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Anthropology
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Anthropology
(Bachelor of Science)
Northern Arizona University Anthropology
(Bachelor of Arts)
University of Arizona Anthropology
(Bachelor of Arts)
University of Arizona Anthropology
(Bachelor of Science)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Anthropology program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers


Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers


Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers


Public Relations and Fundraising Managers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Anthropology program is available through the Cultural Science department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.