Program Description

Anthropology is the comprehensive study of humans, our ancestors, and our non-human primate relatives. The field explores what it means to be human, from prehistoric times to the present. Anthropologists investigate contemporary human social behaviors (cultural anthropology), the origins and nature of languages (linguistic anthropology), human evolution, variation and adaptation (physical anthropology), and the ancient life ways and cultural development of past human populations (archaeology). The anthropology program at Pasadena City College provides courses that enable students to complete lower division prerequisites and general education requirements for transfer to institutions of higher learning and/or receive an associate degree. The goal of the anthropology program is to prepare students to use the discipline’s holistic perspective, research methods, and general knowledge in order to find reasonable solutions to human dilemmas.  The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree is designed to prepare the student for seamlessly transferring to the CSU to earn a baccalaureate degree in anthropology.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units.
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements 


  • ANTH 001 – Physical Anthropology (3)
    or ANTH 001H – Honors Physical Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 002 – Cultural Anthropology (3)
    or ANTH 002H – Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 003 – Introduction to Archaeology (3)

LIST A: Select 1 - 2 Courses (3 UNITS)

  • ANTH 001L – Laboratory in Physical Anthropology (1)
  • ANTH 005 - Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
  • STAT 018 – Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences (4)
    or STAT 050 – Elementary Statistics (4)

LIST B: Select 1 - 2 Courses (3-5 UNITS)

Any courses not selected from List A and/or any combination of coursework from List B.

  • Area 1- Science Methods: 
    • PSYC 005 – Research Methods in Psychology (4)
      or SOSC 017 - Introduction to Research Methods in Social Sciences (3)
  • Area 2 - Sciences:
    • ANAT 025 – General Human Anatomy (4)
    • GEOL 001 –  Physical Geology (4)
    • GEOL 003 – Earth and Space Science (4)
    • GEOG 011 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Techniques, with Lab (3)

LIST C: Select One Course or from any List A or B Course not used above (3 UNITS)

  • ANTH 004 – Anthropology of Religion, Magic, Witchcraft (3)
  • ANTH 006 – Origins of Civilization (3)
  • ANTH 007 – Archaeology Artifact Analysis (3)
  • ANTH 009 – Gender, Sex, and Culture (3)
  • ANTH 012 – American Indian Cultures (3)
  • ANTH 031 – Mexican and Chicano Culture (3)
  • ANTH 040 – Applications of Archaeological Fieldwork (2)

Unit Requirements

  • Required Subtotal: 19-23
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern:  37-39
  • Degree Total: 60 Units

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and its application to anthropological research.
  2. Identify patterns and analyze the adaptive relationships between organisms and their environments.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of past human societies and a comprehension of how archaeological evidence is used to reconstruct past processes of culture change.
  4. Understand and articulate the breath of cultural beliefs and practices found across cultures and throughout time, with special emphasis on indigenous traditions.
  5. Articulate an understanding of ethical principles and responsibilities in anthropological research using a relativistic framework.

Catalog Year
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