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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Anthropology

The Anthropology Program educates students to understand and value the cultural and social diversity on a global scale, both past and present. By studying cultural, physical and linguistic anthropology and archaeology, students gain valuable skills and knowledge to prepare them for transferring to a four-year university and for careers and success in the workplace. Through innovative learning experiences, the anthropology program connects students to the community, and heightens their awareness of today's critical human problems. Through these activities the program introduces more educated citizens into our community who seek to solve problems and improve our world.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • understand and apply cultural relativism; they will be able to convey an understanding of multiple cultural perspectives.
  • demonstrate a core knowledge base in anthropology appreciating and reflecting on human diversity in the past and present.
  • integrate their knowledge and understanding of anthropological concepts and methods to creatively and ethically solve real-world human problems at the local, regional, and global scales.
  • articulate key concepts and events in the process of human evolution and demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities toward that end.
  • critically assess the important role that the past plays on the present, and conversely, the important role that the present has on the past from both local, regional, national and worldwide perspectives.

Career Opportunities

Anthropology serves as a basic springboard for understanding and working within the global arena. Anthropology graduates find opportunities in colleges, universities and museums as teachers and researchers, in federal and state governments as community planners, social science and public health analysts, archaeologists and education officers. There are also employment possibilities with the United Nations, UNESCO and World Health organizations. International corporations with offices and plants overseas need anthropologists, as do consulting firms that deal with both private corporations and governments. With the basic anthropology courses, the student can transfer to most of the universities in the country. The student may want to add statistics and business principles to enhance employment possibilities. Please visit the Anthropology website for further information.

Associate Degree Requirements

Units required for Major: 36
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.

A minimum of 90 units is required to include

  • Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:
    • Foothill General Education
    • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or
    • the Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (12 units)
  • Support courses (24 units)
  • Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

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


Support Courses (24 units)

Select 12 units from the following:
ANTH 1L Physical Anthropology Laboratory 1
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 Peoples of Africa 4
ANTH 12 Applied Anthropology 4
ANTH 13 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology 4
ANTH 14 Linguistic Anthropology 4
ANTH 15 Medical Anthropology: Methods & Practice 4
ANTH 16L Basic Archaeology Laboratory 1
or 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
GEOG 1 Physical Geography 5
or GEOG 2 Human Geography 4
GLST 1 Introduction to Global Studies 4
GLST 2 Global Issues 4
PSYC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or SOC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
PSYC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
or SOC 10 Research Methods & Designs 5
AND 12 Units of the following: *
ANTH 51 Archaeology Survey 2
ANTH 52 Archaeology Field Methods 4
ANTH 67B Cultures of the World: Belize 4
ANTH 67C Cultures of the World: British Isles 4
BIOL 10 General Biology: Basic Principles 5
GIST 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spacial Reasoning 4
or GEOG 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spacial Reasoning 4
GIST 12 Introduction to Geospacial Technology 4
or GEOG 12 Introduction to Geospacial Technology 4
HIST 4A History of Western Civilization to 800 CE 4
HIST 8 History of Latin America 4
HIST 18 Introduction to Middle Eastern Civilization 4
HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
HUMN 1H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
SOC 30 Social Psychology 4
or PSYC 30 Social Psychology 4
SOC 40 Aspects of Marriage & Family 4
WMN 5 Introduction to Women's Studies 4

 * Students may also use courses listed in the first section of support courses to fulfill the requirement for the second section of support courses.

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 Anthropology 2020-2021 Degrees & Certificates.

Based on the 2020 - 2021 degree program.