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    May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED]

Anthropology, AA

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Students majoring in Anthropology will focus on the nature and implications of human behavior and interactions through the integration of the four major sub-disciplines of Anthropology. Knowledge and use of the scientific method will allow students to explain evolutionary theory in light of the human fossil record, analyze the relationship between modern humans and non-human primates and objectively evaluate non-Western customs and beliefs. The major is ideal for those who intend a career obliging a high degree of such interaction, particularly of a bi-cultural or multicultural form. Students considering careers in social work, international affairs, teaching, politics, public health, and journalism will find the Anthropology major appropriate. Students intending to specialize in anthropology on the professional level almost always attend graduate school, since employment in the field usually requires an advanced degree.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe how the sub-disciplines of Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archeology, and Linguistics (the four-field approach) are integrated and provide a theoretical basis for understanding human behavior past and present.
  • Explain evolutionary theory and have an understanding of the fossil record of human evolution as well as the relationship between non-human and human primates.
  • Apply the concepts of cultural relativism, a holistic approach, and ethnocentrism to critically evaluate traditional non-Western customs and beliefs as well as cultural change.
  • Identify and explain current archeological fieldwork techniques and the importance of the scientific method in Anthropology.
  • Describe the relationship between language and culture and how the anthropological linguist conducts fieldwork.

Total Units Required: 21-22

To earn the associate degree:

See Earning an Associate Degree  for associate degree graduation requirements.

To transfer:

Courses required for the associate degree major at IVC may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor to identify the courses needed for the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals. View more information about transferring at Transfer to a Four-Year Institution .

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