Anthropology AA-T Degree

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 the 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.

Required Core CoursesUnits
ANTH 001Introduction to Physical Anthropology3
ANTH 002Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 003Archaeology, Introduction to Prehistory3
List A
Select one course from the following:3-4
Statistical Methods
Fundamentals of Statistics
List B
Select one course from the following:3-4
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Physical Geology
Environmental Geology
The Earth Sciences
Introduction to GIS
Philosophy of Science
Intro to Research Methods for Soc Sciences
List C
Select one course from the following:3
Cultural Geography
Religions of the World
Introductory Sociology
Introduction to Race & Ethnicity
Mexican American Culture & Society
Required Subtotal18-20
Select one of the following: 137-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).