About the Program
In the Classroom
The Department of Anthropology at Foothill College turns the traditional classroom inside out by emphasizing experiential learning.
We offer an excellent range of courses that expose students to all facets of anthropology, including cultural anthropology, archaeology, human evolution, forensics, medical anthropology, magic and religion, lost civilizations, and modern and ancient cultures of California and the world.
A Broad Global Understanding
Essential to an understanding of the global arena and sensitivity to the people who have inhabited it, anthropology, the science of humankind, views humans from the broadest possible perspective.
Because of its study of culture and human behavior, anthropology is a social science; in its study of human physical traits, anthropology is a biological science.
To investigate human behavior, anthropologists collect and analyze data from non-literate societies as well as communities in industrial nations of the world. From this wide perspective, anthropology helps us understand other peoples and thereby enables us to better understand ourselves.
It is an informative, exciting, and challenging science that should be part of every informed citizen's education.
Studying in Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is the hub of global technology change and its people are in the business of redefining traditional cultural barriers with technology.
As the world increasingly becomes integrated it is important that we understand ourselves and others from an anthropological perspective. Employers look to see that you have developed the tools necessary to compete in the world today. You are the next generation of anthropology students, those that understand the new world in which we live and use that knowledge to improve our way of life.
The number one thing that students are asked coming out of an anthropology course, is "What are you going to do with that degree?" The answers are limitless.
What can someone do with an Anthropology major? Download the Major in Anthropology document to learn what you can do.
28% Projected employment growth for anthropologists
What can you do with a degree in anthropology?
- User Experience Researcher
- Field Archaeologist
- Laboratory Assistant
- UX Researcher
- Museum Technician
- Community Development Specialist
Degree & Program Types
Check out this list for a quick view of our anthropology programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.
Associate in Arts Degree
Associate for Transfer Degree
Certificate of Proficiency
We offer a broad range of anthropology courses. Here are just a few. See our course catalog for detailed descriptions, with links to currently scheduled classes.
ANTH 1L Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
ANTH 2B Patterns of Culture (4 units)
ANTH 3 World Prehistory: The Rise & Fall of Early Civilizations (4 units)
ANTH 4 First Peoples of North America (4 units)
ANTH 5 Magic, Science & Religion (4 units)
ANTH 6 Peoples of Africa (4 units)
ANTH 15 Medical Anthropology: Methods & Practice (4 units)
ANTH 20 Native Peoples of California (4 units)
Applied Anthropology in the Community
Our faculty and students are actively conducting research and learning about social science research methods in the community.
Applied anthropology is the process of doing anthropology to serve the public.
A critically important aspect of the student experience at Foothill Anthropology has been to use the much needed anthropological perspective as a way to inform people about their world.
Community outreach and K-12 education has been a hallmark of our recent work. Our Anthropology in Action program has begun to connect with local grade schools and we are working to develop many new avenues for integrating with the community, such as working with local businesses to improve cultural competence and joining with public health institutions to improve their understanding of medical anthropology.
Additional Information Links
- Ireland Program: Castles in Communities (Facebook)
- Website for Ireland Program: Castles in Communities (Google Sites)
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