About Anthropology at SMC

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 prepares interested students for a career within the academic discipline. We believe that our diversified department provides the needed foundation to achieve this goal. In fact, Santa Monica College is recognized throughout the academic community as a leader in anthropological instruction.

Academic Programs Within Anthropology

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology

Degrees and Certificates

At this time, the Anthropology Program offers an PDF FileAA-T Degree in Anthropology.

Career Options

This list is not comprehensive.

  • Applied Anthropology: Human Resource Development and AIDS Awareness
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Evolutionary Biologist
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Geneticist
  • International Law and Policy
  • Linguist
  • Museum Curator
  • Peace Corps
  • Primatologist
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Primatologist
  • University Professor



Cultural Anthropology

Linguistic Anthropology

Physical Anthropology

* Denotes full-time faculty.

Program Level Outcomes

Upon completion of Anthropology classes:

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

  2. Students will 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

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