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No field is better suited to understanding our increasingly interconnected world than Anthropology. Anthropology is the study of human beings and the incredible cultural and biological diversity that exists throughout the world. Anthropologists study human beings by investigating every aspect of humanity in both the past and the present. Through the study of cultural practices, language, the material remains left behind by ancient societies, and our physical bodies themselves and how they changed over millions of years, Anthropologists strive to better understand what makes us all human. Such a wide ranging approach allows anthropologists to analyze and derive solutions for problems in a wide variety of fields including academia, business, government, sustainability, and international philanthropic organizations.

MCC’s anthropology courses focus on issues such as ethnic relations, prehistoric societies, global health, cultural diversity, human evolution, the interaction of humans with their environments, and linguistics. This diversity of offerings will help you develop the analytical and critical thinking skills needed to understand humans, past and present, and build a dynamic career from this diverse pathway.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Anthropology (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8109
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Anthropology (Bachelor of Arts)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Develop an understanding of anthropology and how the subfields interrelate.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of cultures, past and present, including ecological relationships, subsistence, social organization, and belief systems.
  • Apply a holistic anthropological and culturally relativistic approach to understanding cultural similarities and differences and applying anthropology to local, national, and global human issues.
  • Develop and apply critical thinking and observation skills through the analysis of real world anthropological case studies using the scientific method and multiple perspectives.
  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain, critically read, analyze, summarize and critique anthropological research through use of appropriate source material.
  • Utilize the scientific method to determine the bases for contemporary human biological variation that includes a critical evaluation of both ancient and recent human biological adaptation and evolution.
  • Evaluate, through archaeological research, the processes of human cultural evolution, including domestication of plants and animals; agricultural origins and possible consequences; settled village and urban life; the origins of social inequalities; and state formation.
  • Apply anthropological ethical principles through the critical analysis of real world anthropological case studies.

Career Opportunities

In our diverse society, anthropologists are needed to help solve problems pertaining to human interaction. Studying anthropology can offer a wide range of career opportunities. Anthropology majors can find opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts, 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* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Anthropologists

$72,610

Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers

$56,457

Archeologists

$72,610

Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers

$56,457

Curators

$62,635

Social Science Research Assistants

$49,771

* 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

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
13-19
ASB102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Critical course Gateway course G, SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5
Lang 101 Any 101 level Foreign Language Course 4–5
CPD150 Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
17-18
ASM104 Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution Critical course Gateway course SB, SG 4
ASB222 or
ASB223
Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World Critical course Gateway course G, H, HU, SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 or
L Value Course
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3
Lang 102 Any 102 level Foreign Language Course 4–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
13-14
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110, COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 carry the L Value.
SB or L or SB 3
MAT206 or
SWU225
Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government CS 3
HU Humanities, Arts and Design ASB recommended 3
Lang 201 Any 102 level Foreign Language Course 4–5
Meet with ASU Transfer Specialist

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
14-15
Elective elective Course 3
SQ Natural Sciences 4
Elective or
SB
Elective or Social-Behavior Sciences ASB or ASM recommended 3
Lang 202 Any level 202 Foreign Language Course 4–5
Completion of Associate in Arts and Completion of AGEC-A
A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6-10
ASB102 or
ASM104
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution Critical course Gateway course G, SB or SB, SG 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
CPD150 Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6-7
ASB102 or
ASM104
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution Critical course Gateway course G, SB or SB, SG 3–4
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6-8
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Critical course Gateway course MA 3–5
ASB222 or
ASB223
Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World Critical course Gateway course G, H, HU, SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
CRE101 or
L value course
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry L 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110, COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 carry the L Value.
SB or L or SB 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7-8
Lang 101 Any 101 level Foreign Language Course 4–5
MAT206 or
SWU225
Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government Meets the CS Requirement CS 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7-8
Lang 102 Any 102 level Foreign Language Course 4–5
Elective or
SB
Elective Course or Social-Behavior Sciences 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
7-8
HU Humanities, Arts and Design ASB Recommended 3
Lang 201 Any 201 level Foreign Language Course 4–5

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
8-9
Lang 202 Any 202 level Foreign Language Course 4–5
SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
3
Elective Elective Course 3

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts, Anthropology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm10?id=134155).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019