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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Anthropology

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Anthropology provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to receive an education in the broad field of anthropology - an examination of the human experience. Depending on their preferred focus, students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Coursework in this program surveys both cultural and biological aspects of what it means to be human, and students will develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of real-world anthropological case studies. As such, students receive a holistic training in their worldview that is valued highly by employers in many fields, including health and human services, media, business, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and government agencies.

Details

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Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Anthropology (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Develop an understanding of anthropology and how the subfields interrelate. (ASB100, ASB102, ASB222, ASB223, ASB230, ASB276, ASM104, ASM/FOR275, GPH210)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of cultures, past and present, including ecological relationships, subsistence, social organization, and belief systems. (ASB100, ASB102, ASB222, ASB223, ASB276)
  • Apply a holistic anthropological and culturally relativistic approach to understanding cultural similarities and differences and applying anthropology to local, national, and global human issues. (ASB100, ASB102, ASB222, ASB223, ASB276, [FYC], [G], [H], [SB])
  • Develop and apply critical thinking and observation skills through the analysis of real world anthropological case studies using the scientific method and multiple perspectives. (ASB100, ASB102, ASB222, ASB223, ASB230, ASB276, ASM104, ASM/FOR275, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, [FYC], [MA], (COM))
  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain, critically read, analyze, summarize and critique anthropological research through use of appropriate source material. (ASB100, ASB102, ASB222, ASB223, ASB230, ASB276, ASM104, ASM/FOR275, MAT206, PSY230, SWU225, [FYC], [MA], [L], (COM), (CRE))
  • Utilize the scientific method to investigate the foundations of human biological variation through a critical evaluation of both ancient and recent human biological adaptation and evolution. (ASM104, ASM/FOR275, BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, [MA], [SQ])
  • Evaluate, through archaeological research, the processes of human cultural evolution, such as the origins of: language, agriculture, settled village and urban life, writing, religion, social inequalities and state formation. (ASB102, ASB222, ASB223, ASB276, GPH211)
  • Apply anthropological ethical principles through the critical analysis of real world case studies. (ASB100, ASB102, ASB222, ASB223, ASB230, ASB276, ASM104, ASM/FOR275)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:13
ASB102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ASB222Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: Old World (3) OR
ASB223Buried Cities and Lost Tribes: New World (3)3
ASM104Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution4
MAT206Elements of Statistics (3) OR
PSY230Introduction to Statistics (3) OR
SWU225Statistics for Social Research/Justice and Government (3)3
Note: MAT206 is required for NAU, MAT206 OR PSY230 is required for U of A
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-32
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Completion of a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrating proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Anthropology, Bachelor of Science
ASB100Introduction to Global Health (3) OR
ASM/FOR275Forensic Anthropology (4) OR
GPH210Society and Environment (3) OR
GPH211Landform Processes (4)3-4
(partially fulfills the ASU CLAS Science and Society Elective requirement)
Complete six (6) credits that transfer to ASU as a direct equivalency or departmental elective in the ASB or ASM prefix.
Transfer Plan 3: Northern Arizona University, Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts
ASB276Nature of Language3
Additional Anthropology Coursework Credits:0-9
Complete zero to nine (0-9) credits of coursework that transfers to NAU as 200-level ANT courses.
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Completion of a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrating proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 4: University of Arizona, Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Completion of a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrating proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 5: University of Arizona, Anthropology (Archaeological Sciences Emphasis), Bachelor of Science
ASB230Principles of Archaeology3
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182++General Biology (Majors) II4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 6: University of Arizona, Anthropology (Human Biology Emphasis), Bachelor of Science
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182++General Biology (Majors) II4
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 15-28
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts; Northern Arizona University, Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts; and University of Arizona, Anthropology, Bachelor of Arts
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
University of Arizona, Anthropology (Human Biology Emphasis), Bachelor of Science
MAT212Brief Calculus (3) OR
MAT213Brief Calculus (4) OR
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite. (4-5)3-5
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Anthropology, Bachelor of Science and University of Arizona, Anthropology (Archaeological Sciences Emphasis), Bachelor of Science
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite. (4-5)4-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by MAT206, PSY230, or SWU225 in the Required Courses area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts, and Design [HU] area.3
AND
Met by ASB222 OR ASB223 in the Required Courses area.
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area3
AND
Met by ASB102 in the Required Courses area.
May be met by ASB100, ASB230, or ASM/FOR275 in the Restricted Electives area
Recommend selecting a course in the ASB prefix
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0-4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area4
AND
Met by ASM104 in the Required Courses area
May be met by BIO181++, BIO182++, CHM150 and CHM151LL, CHM150AA, CHM151 and CHM151LL, CHM151AA, CHM152 and CHM152LL, CHM152AA, or GPH211 in the Restricted Electives area
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by ASB102, ASB222, or ASB223 in the Required Courses area
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.
Recommended:
AFR/ASB/CCS202Ethnic Relations in the United States3
ASB100Introduction to Global Health3
ASB211Women in Other Cultures3
ASB214Magic, Witchcraft and Healing: An Introduction to Comparative Religion3
ASB220Anthropology Goes to the Movies3
ASB226Human Impacts on Ancient Environments3
ASB230Principles of Archaeology3
ASB231Archaeological Field Methods4
ASB234Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ASB235Southwest Archaeology3
ASB245Indians of the Southwest3
ASB252Sports and Culture3
ASB253Death and Dying Across Cultures3
ASB282++Service-Learning Experience in Anthropology1-3
ASB298++Special Projects1-3
ASM/FOR275Forensic Anthropology4

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