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
Degrees and Certificates
At this time, the Anthropology Program offers an AA-T Degree in Anthropology.
This list is not comprehensive.
- Applied Anthropology: Human Resource Development and AIDS Awareness
- Cultural Resource Management
- Evolutionary Biologist
- Forensic Anthropologist
- International Law and Policy
- Museum Curator
- Peace Corp
- Public Health
- Public Relations
- University Professor
* 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.
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