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Anthropology, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Anthropology Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy for MAT 1260  
  • College Readiness for Algebra for MAT 1340  

Anthropology imparts a global, comparative, and historical (evolutionary) approach to human studies. Its subject is cultural diversity and biological variation among humans both contemporary and ancient. It seeks to answer who we are, where we come from, what is learned, and what is instinctual. Anthropology is divided into two major categories: cultural and physical. Cultural anthropology tests the accuracy of beliefs about human behavior. Physical anthropology seeks accuracy of beliefs about human biological nature and development. Specializations in anthropology include archeology, linguistics, cultural resource management, forensics, paleontology, medical anthropology, and counseling among others. In any professional career, it is increasingly important to have a concrete understanding of human behavior in a cultural context. Anthropology offers that understanding.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the Anthropology degree program, students should be able to:
  • Define and recall key aspects of all four sub‐disciplines of Anthropology
  • Recognize and describe the main characteristics of culture
  • Discuss the most important cultural processes at work in each society
  • Analyze the evolutionary process of sociocultural change
  • Use methodological processes and terminology appropriate to the field of Anthropology
  • Apply an anthropological perspective to real life situations
  • Examine diversity and global processes and how they relate and contribute to the understanding of humanity
  • Locate and synthesize relevant information

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three-four (3-4) credit hours

 ; prefer MAT 1260 , except:

  • University of Colorado, Denver requires either MAT 1260  or MAT 1340  
  • Western State Colorado University requires MAT 1340  


Three (3) credit hours


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours


Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours



Five-six (5-6) credit hours selected from the


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