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Anthropology concerns all aspects of being human, throughout all time and worldwide. It is an examination of human nature, human society, and human past.  Anthropology teaches us what it means to be human. The program’s purpose is to promote understanding of the human condition and our tremendous diversity. What distinguishes us from other animals?   How did we get to where we are today? What different courses have human societies taken in solving their needs?   Why are we so diverse? Every society attempts to solve myriad problems of being human, how our different groups solve these problems make us alike or different. Anthropology prepares students for dealing with the challenges of an increasingly international economy, globally connected communities, and multicultural peoples.  
 
Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in anthropology include teaching at primary and secondary levels; Cultural Resource Management technicians; museum curators, registrars, or technicians in charge of maintaining collections, analyzing materials, photography, documenting events or peoples, and exhibit design and installation; national and state parks; medical or cultural liaisons; and almost any other profession that maintains records or documents or calls for working with people from a variety of backgrounds and in many different environments.  
 
Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include ethnographers, linguists, archaeologists, and medical anthropologists involved in fieldwork or teaching at the post secondary level; applied anthropologists also find employment in urban planning, business, social work, public health and medical fields.  Relatively few students will become anthropologists in the traditional sense; however students who take anthropology courses are provided a solid foundation for all other fields and types of employment.  Even students who choose not to major in Anthropology integrate what they learn in anthropology courses into all aspects of their lives; it makes them better people.
 
College of the Desert’s anthropology curriculum is designed to offer students general overviews in the disciplines various fields including physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology/ prehistory as well as more specialized classes that emphasize local Indian tribes and the community. 
 
Students pursuing an associate’s degree in anthropology may pursue (entry-level) positions in many of the fields previously listed or may choose to continue their study in the discipline towards a bachelor’s or graduate degree.  COD has transfer agreements with many of the California State Universities and University of California systems.  However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university.
 
Advisor: E. Hardy
 
ANTHROPOLOGY A.A. DEGREE
and Transfer Preparation
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
ANTH 2 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 3 Archaeology, An Introduction to Prehistory 3
Electives - 12 units to be chosen from the following:
AGEH 1 Horticulture 3
ART 2A History of Art 3
ART 31 Digital Photography 3
BI 4 Elements of Biology 4
ENG 35 Myth and Legend 3
G 1 Physical Geology 4
G 5 Environmental Geology 4
G 7 Introduction to Geology 3
GEOG 1 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 2 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 7 Regional Geography 3
GEOG 10 Geography of California 3
HIST 3 History of World Civilization 3
NR 1 Conservation of Natural Resources 1
NR 41A Native Plants - Mountain 3
NR 41B Native Plants - Desert 1
PH 1 Introductory Physics 4
PHIL 12 Religions of the World 3
SOC 3 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
  Required Subtotal 9
  Elective Subtotal 12
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 38-41
  Kinesiology (PE) Activities 2
​DEGREE TOTAL 61-64​