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.

Course Code Title Units
Required Core CoursesUnits
ANTH 001Human Evolution: Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 002Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 003Archaeology, Introduction to Prehistory3
List A
Select one course from the following (3-4 units):
MATH 014Statistical Methods4
SOC 003Fundamentals of Statistics3
List B
Select one course from the following (3-4 Units):
BI 013Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
G 001Physical Geology4
G 005Environmental Geology4
G 010The Earth Sciences4
NR 021Introduction to GIS3
PHIL 018Philosophy of Science3
PSY 025Intro to Research Methods for Soc Sciences3
List C
Select one course from the following (3 units):
GEOG 002Cultural Geography3
PHIL 012Religions of the World3
SOC 001Introductory Sociology3
SOC 014Introduction to Race & Ethnicity3
SOC 015Mexican American Culture & Society3
Required Subtotal18-20
Select one of the following: 137-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.


Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

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