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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.


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 options for the Anthropology program
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Associate in Arts, Anthropology Anthropology Emphasis to BA Arizona State University Anthropology (Bachelor of Arts)
Associate in Arts, Anthropology Anthropology Emphasis to BS Arizona State University Anthropology (Bachelor of Science)

Career Opportunities

The Anthropology program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Anthropologists and Archeologists $70,960
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $77,560
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $68,780
Curators $55,820
Social Science Research Assistants $48,960
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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.