Associate in Arts, Anthropology Anthropology Emphasis

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Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

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 Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Anthropology Emphasis program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science Anthropology
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts Anthropology
Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Arts Anthropology
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts Anthropology
University of Arizona Bachelor of Science Anthropology

What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Develop an understanding of anthropology and how the subfields interrelate.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of cultures, past and present, including ecological relationships, subsistence, social organization, and belief systems.
  3. Apply a holistic anthropological and culturally relativistic approach to understanding cultural similarities and differences and applying anthropology to local, national, and global human issues.
  4. Develop and apply critical thinking and observation skills through the analysis of real world anthropological case studies using the scientific method and multiple perspectives.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to obtain, critically read, analyze, summarize and critique anthropological research through use of appropriate source material.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 this 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. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers

$66,408

Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers

$66,408

* 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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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
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 FYC 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MAT14+ for Bachelor of Arts (BA), MAT22+ for Bachelor of Science (BS) MA 3–6
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating 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
ASB102 or
ASM104
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution Critical course Gateway course G, SB or SB, SG 3–4
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 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking If testing out of CRE101, complete an elective course L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 (SB) OR COM225 (L) Recommended SB or L or SB 0–3
MAT206 or
PSY230 or
SWU225
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government MAT206 or SWU225 required for ASU; MAT206 or PSY230 required for NAU and U of A CS 3
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Area ASB recommended 3
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
SQ Natural Sciences 4
SB or
L or
Elective
Social-Behavioral Sciences or Literacy & Critical Inquiry or Elective SB OR L needed if not satisfied by COM, CRE101, and/or HU requirements 3
Completion of Associate in Arts and Completion of AGEC-A

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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 areas if not otherwise met by other program 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
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 FYC 3
CPD150 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating 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
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 FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142 or
MAT145 or
MAT146 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics with Review or College Mathematics with Review or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I MAT14+ for Bachelor of Arts (BA), MAT22+ for Bachelor of Science (BS) MA 3–6
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
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
MAT206 or
PSY230 or
SWU225
Elements of Statistics or Introduction to Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government MAT206 or SWU225 required for ASU; MAT206 or PSY230 required for NAU and U of A CS 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100 (SB) OR COM225 (L) Recommended SB or L or SB 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Area ASB recommended 3
SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB or
L or
Elective
Social-Behavior Sciences or Literacy & Critical Inquiry or Elective ASB or ASM recommended 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits

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Disclaimer

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.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Anthropology Emphasis program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019