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:

  1. Organize the cultural, historical, and biological aspects of humanness into an integrated perspective of humans as unique and adapted bio-cultural animals.

  2. Use key concepts, methodologies and developments in anthropology to recognize, describe, evaluate and analyze various aspects of human behavior.

Anthropology Courses

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

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Icon Associate in Arts for Transfer More information on the Associate in Arts for Transfer

Prepare yourself to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU).

If you are considering a transfer to a UC, private, or out-of-state university, please consult a counselor before applying to transfer, as that institution’s transfer requirements might be different from those required for the AA-T.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Associate in Arts for Transfer - AnthropologyAssociates in Arts Degree icon

18 units + General Education Requirements

Upon successful completion of the Santa Monica College AA-T in Anthropology, the student will have a strong academic foundation in the field and be prepared for upper-division baccalaureate study. This coursework will satisfy most of the lower-division Anthropology requirements at many institutions at both the UC and CSU university systems*. This degree is intended for students who are interested in the theory of Anthropology and are planning on transferring to a four-year university and majoring in Anthropology.

*Completion of this degree will likely give you priority admission consideration in the major at some CSU campuses. In addition, you will need to complete no more than 60 semester/90 quarter CSU units of coursework after transfer to complete your degree. If you are considering transferring to a UC, private, or out of state university, please consult a counselor before applying to transfer, as transfer requirements might be different than those required for the AA-T in Anthropology.

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Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Anthropologists Master's Degree $62,410
Archaeologists Master's Degree $62,410
Evolutionary Biologists Bachelor's Degree $79,610
Forensic Science Technicians Bachelor's Degree $58,230
Geneticists Doctoral Degree $84,167
Museum Curator Master's Degree $71,873
Anthropology & Archaeology Teachers, Postsecondary Doctoral Degree $82,451

Additional career options: Cultural Resource Management, Human Resources Manager, International Law & Policy Analyst, Linguist, Peace Corps Manager/Volunteer, Primatologist, Public Health Analyst, and Public Relations Officer.
(This list is by no means comprehensive.)

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