Associate in Arts Anthropology Emphasis to BS

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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 (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
Anthropology (Bachelor of Science)

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. 

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Anthropologists and Archeologists $70,960
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $77,560
Curators $55,820
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 Credits
12-15
ASB102 or
ASM104 or
ASB222 or
ASB223
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World Critical course Gateway course Students must take ASB102 and ASM104 in either Term 1 or Term 2 or Term 3 but choose between ASB222 and ASB223.
ASB102 meets the SB Requirement, ASM104 meets the SG Requirement, ASB222 or ASB223 meet the HU Requirement
3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT187
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus 3–5
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-18
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CRE101 or
L value course
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry If testing out of CRE101, complete an elective course 3
MAT182 or
MAT220 or
MAT221
Plane Trigonometry or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3–5
ASB102 or
ASM104 or
ASB222 or
ASB223
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World Critical course Gateway course Students must take ASB102 and ASM104 in either Term 1 or Term 2 or Term 3 but choose between ASB222 and ASB223.
ASB102 meets the SB Requirement, ASM104 meets the SG Requirement, ASB222 or ASB223 meet the HU Requirement
3–4
Elective Elective Course Recommend ASB/ASM 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-18
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication 3
ASB102 or
ASM104 or
ASB222 or
ASB223
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World Critical course Gateway course Students must take ASB102 and ASM104 in either Term 1 or Term 2 or Term 3 but choose between ASB222 and ASB223.
ASB102 meets the SB Requirement, ASM104 meets the SG Requirement, ASB222 or ASB223 meet the HU Requirement
3–4
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I Complete an elective if MAT22+ was completed in term 2 4–5
HU Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
ASB or ASM Elective Choose any course that transfers to ASU as an ASB or ASM direct equivalent or as an ASB or ASM departmental elective 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 Credits
13
PSY230 or
MAT206 or
SWU225
Introduction to Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government 3
SQ Natural Sciences 4
Elective or
SB
Elective Course or Social-Behavior Sciences 3
Elective Elective Course Choose any course that transfers to ASU as an ASB or ASM departmental elective 3
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 Credits
6-10
ASB102 or
ASM104
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution Critical course Gateway course ASB102 meets the SB Requirement, ASM104 meets the SG Requirement 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 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 Credits
6-7
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
ASB102 or
ASM104
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution Critical course Gateway course ASB102 meets the SB Requirement, ASM104 meets the SG Requirement 3–4

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-8
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT187
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or Precalculus 3–5
ASB222 or
ASB223
Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World or Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World Critical course Gateway course ASB222 and ASB223 carry G, H, HU, SB Values 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CRE101 or
L value
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Literacy & Critical Inquiry 3
MAT182 or
Elective
Plane Trigonometry or Elective Course 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7-8
ASM or ASB Elective Choose any course that transfers to ASU as an ASB or ASM direct equivalent or as an ASB or ASM departmental elective. 3
MAT220 or
MAT221
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I or Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4–5

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication 3
PSY230 or
MAT206 or
SWU225
Introduction to Statistics or Elements of Statistics or Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
SB or
Elective
Social-Behavior Sciences or Elective Course 3
ASM or ASB Elective Choose any course that transfers to ASU as an ASB or ASM direct equivalent or as an ASB or ASM departmental elective. 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
HU Humanities, Arts, and Design Area ASB recommended 3
SQ Natural Sciences 4

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
Two Electives Two Elective Courses 6

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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 (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.