About the Anthropology Program
Anthropology is an ambitious intellectual venture that examines the origin, development, and organization of humans from both a biological and behavioral perspective. As such, Anthropology is arguably the most comprehensive discipline to examine the framework of human existence.
At Santa Monica College, we are committed to developing an Anthropology Program that not only introduces non-majors to the enormous breadth of anthropological inquiry but also preparing interested students for a career within the academic discipline. We believe that our diversified department provides the needed foundation to achieve these goals. In fact, Santa Monica College is recognized throughout the academic community as a leader in anthropological instruction.
Academic Programs Within Anthropology
Archaeology: Scientific study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their cultures by analysis of the physical record.
Cultural Anthropology: Scientific study of the origins, history, and development of human culture, and including in its scope the fields of archaeology, ethnology, and ethnography.
Linguistic Anthropology: Scientific study of the role language plays in society, with particular attention to the relationship between communication and broader socio-cultural processes.
Physical Anthropology: Also known as Biological Anthropology, is the scientific study of the evolution of humans, their variability, and adaptations to environmental stresses.
Program Level Outcomes
Upon completion of Anthropology classes, students will:
Organize the cultural, historical, and biological aspects of humanness into an integrated perspective of humans as unique and adapted bio-cultural animals.
Use key concepts, methodologies and developments in anthropology to recognize, describe, evaluate and analyze various aspects of human behavior.
All classes meet IGETC and GE transfer requirements. Courses are not sequential; there are no prerequisites.
Anthropology 1: Physical Anthropology
Anthropology 2: Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 3: World Archaeology
Anthropology 4: Methods of Archaeology
Anthropology 5: Physical Anthropology with a Lab
Anthropology 7: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
Anthropology 9: Paleoanthropology
Anthropology 14: Sex, Gender, and Culture
Anthropology 19: The Culture of Food
Anthropology 20: Traditional Peoples and Culture of Africa
Anthropology 21: Peoples and Power in Latin America
Anthropology 22: Magic, Religion, and Witchcraft
Anthropology 35: Archaeological Field Studies in Latin America
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