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Anthropology is the comparative study of human societies and cultures. Anthropology concerns all aspects of being human, throughout all time and worldwide. It is an examination of human nature, human society, and human past. The study of Anthropology provides an understanding of the globally interconnected world in which we live, the human past and present, and the unity and diversity that characterize the human species. Anthropology prepares students for dealing with the challenges of an increasingly international economy, globally connected communities, and multicultural peoples.
The three anthropology courses offered at College of the Desert (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology/ Prehistory introduce fundamental concepts, theories, methods, data, and references in ways that are exciting and informative for students.
The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer, also called Anthropology AA-T Degree, requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-20 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
Advisor: Ellen Hardy
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses: 9 Units
ANTH 1 Introduction To Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 2 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 3 Archaeology, An Introduction to Prehistory 3
List A - Select one course from the following: 3 - 4 Units
MATH 14 Statistical Methods 4
SOC 3 Fundamentals Of Statistics 3
List B - Select one course from the following: 3 - 4 Units
BI 13 Human Anatomy And Physiology I 4
G 1 Physical Geology 4
G 5 Environmental Geology 4
G 10 The Earth Sciences 4
NR​ 21​ Introduction to GIS​ 3​
PHIL​ 18​ Philosophy Of Science​ 3​
​PSY ​25 ​Intro To Research Methods For Soc Sciences ​3
 List C - Select one course from the following: 3 Units
GEOG 2 Cultural Geography 3
PHIL 12 Religions Of the World 3
SOC 1 Introductory Sociology  3
SOC 14 Intro To Race & Ethnicity  3
SOC 15 Mexican American Culture & Society  3
  Required Subtotal 18-20
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
  Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.
2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog