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Anthropology 2020-2021

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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.
-Students will demonstrate a core knowledge base in anthropology appreciating and reflecting on human diversity in the past and present.
-Students will 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.
-Students will be able to articulate key concepts and events in the process of human evolution and demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities toward that end.
-Students will be able to 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: foothill.edu/anthropology/

Units Required

  • Major: 36
  • Certificate(s): 12-20

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, 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 education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General 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.

AA = Associate in Arts Degree.
CP = Certificate of Proficiency [Non-Transcriptable].

Additional Information:

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

Support Courses (24 units)


Select 12 units from the following:
ANTH 1L Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
or ANTH 1HL Honors 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 12 Applied Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 13 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 13L Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
ANTH 14 Linguistic Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 15 Medical Anthropology: Methods & Practice (4 units)
ANTH 16L Basic Archaeology Laboratory (1 unit)
or ANTH 17L Intermediate Archaeology Laboratory (2 units)
ANTH 20 Native Peoples of California (4 units)
ANTH 22 The Aztec, Maya, Inca & Their Predecessors: Civilizations of the Americas (4 units)
GEOG 1 Physical Geography (5 units)
or GEOG 2 Human Geography (4 units)
GLST 1 Introduction to Global Studies (4 units)
GLST 2 Global Issues (4 units)
PSYC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (5 units)
or SOC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (5 units)
PSYC 10 Research Methods & Designs (5 units)
or SOC 10 Research Methods & Designs (5 units)

And 12 units* from the following:
ANTH 51 Archaeology Survey (2 units)
ANTH 52 Archaeological Field Methods (4 units)
ANTH 55 Applied Cultural Anthropology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 56 Applied Physical Anthropology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 57 Applied Archaeology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 67B Cultures of the World: Belize (4 units)
ANTH 67C Cultures of the World: British Isles (4 units)
ANTH 70R Independent Study in Anthropology (1 unit)
ANTH 71R Independent Study in Anthropology (2 units)
ANTH 72R Independent Study in Anthropology (3 units)
ANTH 73R Independent Study in Anthropology (4 units)
BIOL 1C Evolution, Systematics & Ecology (6 units)
BIOL 10 General Biology: Basic Principles (5 units)
GIST 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning (4 units)
or GEOG 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning (4 units)
GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
or GEOG 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
HIST 4A History of Western Civilization to 800 CE (4 units)
HIST 8 History of Latin America (4 units)
HIST 18 Introduction to Middle Eastern Civilization (4 units)
HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units)
or HUMN 1H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units)
SOC 30 Social Psychology (4 units)
or PSYC 30 Social Psychology (4 units)
SOC 40 Aspects of Marriage & Family (4 units)
WMN 5 Introduction to Women's Studies (4 units)

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

Certificate Requirements

Cultural Resource Management Certificate of Proficiency

Units: 19-20 [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

ANTH 4 First Peoples of North America (4 units)
ANTH 8 Introduction to Archaeology (4 units)
ANTH 51 Archaeology Survey (2 units)
ANTH 52 Archaeological Field Methods (4 units)

And ONE course from the following:
ANTH 16L Basic Archaeology Laboratory (1 unit)
ANTH 17L Intermediate Archaeology Laboratory (2 units)

And 4 units from the following:
ANTH 3 World Prehistory: The Rise & Fall of Early Civilizations (4 units)
ANTH 12 Applied Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 20 Native Peoples of California (4 units)
ANTH 22 The Aztec, Maya, Inca & Their Predecessors: Civilizations of the Americas (4 units)
GIST 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning (4 units)
or GEOG 11 Introduction to Mapping & Spatial Reasoning (4 units)
GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
or GEOG 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)

Medical Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency (16-17 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 1H Honors Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 15 Medical Anthropology: Methods & Practice (4 units)

And ONE course from the following:
ANTH 5 Magic, Science & Religion (4 units)
ANTH 12 Applied Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 14 Linguistic Anthropology (4 units)
COMM 12 Intercultural Communication (5 units)

Applied Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency (17 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 1H Honors Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 12 Applied Anthropology (4 units)

And ONE course from the following:
ANTH 55 Applied Cultural Anthropology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 56 Applied Physical Anthropology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 57 Applied Archaeology Field Methods (1 unit)

And 4 units from the following:
ANTH 13 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 14 Linguistic Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 15 Medical Anthropology: Methods & Practice (4 units)

Cultural Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency (16 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

Select 12 units from the following:
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 2B Patterns of Culture (4 units)
ANTH 4 First Peoples of North America (4 units)
ANTH 5 Magic, Science and Religion (4 units)
ANTH 6 Peoples of Africa (4 units)
ANTH 12 Applied Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 14 Linguistic Anthropology (4 units)

And 4 units from the following:
Any course not used above
COMM 12 Intercultural Communication (5 units)
GEOG 2 Human Geography (4 units)
GEOG 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
or GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
GLST 1 Introduction to Global Studies (4 units)
GLST 2 Global Issues (4 units)
HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units)
or HUMN 1H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units)
HUMN 2 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires and Conflict (4 units)
MUS 7D Contemporary Musical Styles: The Beatles in the Culture of Popular Music (4 units)
MUS 8 Music of American Cultures (5 units)
or MUS 8H Honors Music of American Cultures (5 units)
SOSC 20 Cross-Cultural Perspectives for a Multicultural Society (4 units)

Forensic Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency (14 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 1H Honors Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 1L Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
or ANTH 1HL Honors Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
ANTH 13 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 13L Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
ANTH 15 Medical Anthropology: Methods & Practice (4 units)

Physical Anthropology Certificate of Proficiency (13 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 1H Honors Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 1L Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
or ANTH 1HL Honors Physical Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)

And 8 units from the following:
ANTH 13 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (4 units)
ANTH 13L Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
ANTH 15 Medical Anthropology: Methods & Practice (4 units)
ANTH 55 Applied Cultural Anthropology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 56 Applied Physical Anthropology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 57 Applied Archaeology Field Methods (1 unit)
BIOL 1C Evolution, Systematics & Ecology (6 units)
BIOL 10 General Biology: Basic Principles (5 units)
BIOL 12 Human Genetics (4 units)
SOC 30 Social Psychology (4 units)
or PSYC 30 Social Psychology (4 units)
SOC 40 Aspects of Marriage & Family (4 units)
WMN 5 Introduction to Women's Studies (4 units)

Archaeology Certificate of Proficiency (12 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiency requirements for this certificate.

Select 8 units from the following:
ANTH 3 World Prehistory: The Rise & Fall of Early Civilizations (4 units)
ANTH 4 First Peoples of North America (4 units)
ANTH 8 Introduction to Archaeology (4 units)
ANTH 16L Basic Archaeology Laboratory (1 unit)
ANTH 17L Intermediate Archaeology Laboratory (2 units)
ANTH 51 Archaeology Survey (2 units)
ANTH 52 Archaeological Field Methods (4 units)

And 4 units from the following:
Any course not used above
ANTH 20 Native Peoples of California (4 units)
ANTH 22 The Aztec, Maya, Inca & Their Predecessors: Civilizations of the Americas (4 units)
ANTH 55 Applied Cultural Anthropology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 56 Applied Physical Anthropology Field Methods (1 unit)
ANTH 57 Applied Archaeology Field Methods (1 unit)
GEOG 1 Physical Geography (5 units)
GEOG 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
or GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology (4 units)
HIST 8 History of Latin America (4 units)
HIST 18 Introduction to Middle Eastern Civilization (4 units)
HIST 19 History of Asia: China/Japan (4 units)
HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units)
or HUMN 1H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World (4 units)
HUMN 2 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict (4 units)


Control Information:
2020-2021 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2020-04-27 13:47:13 | Dept Code: ANTH

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