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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA Transfer Anthropology

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree (AA-T) prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for anthropology majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific CSUs.

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree will enable students to develop a strong foundation in research methods, statistics and both cultural and biological aspects of behavior and will also offer a wide variety of elective courses in anthropology and other related fields for students to develop a broad knowledge base. In addition, students will develop strong critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for the requirements of upper division course work.

Learn more about the program on the Anthropology website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply an understanding of cross-cultural realities both past and present.
  • Students will know how to critically analyze and interpret anthropological data.
  • Students will apply anthropological principles for solving human problems on the local, regional and world scales.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 90 units is required to include:

Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)
  • Core and suppport courses (27-28 units of which 24 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

Online Courses for Anthropology

 The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Core Courses (12 units)

ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 4
or ANTH 1H Honors Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthroplogy 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthroplogy 4
ANTH 8 Introduction to Archaeology 4
or ANTH 8H Honors Introduction to Archaeology 4

Support Courses (15-16 units)

List A

Complete 5 units from List A

ANTH 1L Physical Anthropology Laboratory 1
or ANTH 1HL HonorsPhysical Anthropology Laboratory
ANTH 14 Linguistic Anthropology 4
MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5
or PSYC 7
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or SOC 7
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5

List B

And complete ONE course from List B

Any course not used in List A (minimum of four units), or any of the following:

GEOG 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology 4
or GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology 4
PSYC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
or SOC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5

List C

And complete 6 units from List C

Any course not used in List A or List B, or any of the following:

ANTH 2B Patterns of Culture 4
ANTH 3 World Prehistory: The Rise & Fall of Early Civilizations 4
ANTH 4 First Peoples of North America 4
ANTH 5 Magic, Science & Religion 4
ANTH 6 Perspectives from Africa 4
ANTH 12 Applied Anthropology 4
ANTH 13 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 4
ANTH 13L Forensic Anthropology Laboratory 1
ANTH 15 Medical Anthropology: Methods & Practice 4
ANTH 16L Basic Archaeology Laboratory 1
ANTH 17L Intermediate Archaeology Laboratory 2
ANTH 20 Native Peoples of California 4
ANTH 22 The Aztecs, May, Inca & Their Predecessors: Civilizations of the Americas
ANTH 51 Archaeological Survey 2
ANTH 52 Archaeological Field Methods 4
ANTH 55 Applied Cultural Anthropology Field Methods 1
ANTH 56 Applied Physical Anthropology Field Methods 1
ANTH 57 Applied Archaeology Field Methods 1
ANTH 70R Independent Study in Anthropology 1
Intercultural Communication 5
ETHN 1 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 4
Introduction to African American Studies 4
Introduction to Latinx Studies 4
Introduction to Asian American Studies 4
GEOG 2 Human Geography 4
MUS 2D World Music: Roots to Contemporary Global Fusion 5
PHIL 24 Comparative World Religions: East 4
or PHIL 25 Comparative World Religions: West 4
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology 5
SOC 23
Race & Ethnic Relations 4

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Transfer-Anthropology 2022-2023.

Based on the 2022 - 2023 degree program.