Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree (AA-T)


This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Anthropology major to achieve an Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer Degree (AA-T in Anthropology) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. This degree is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the four major fields of anthropology in order to give them the background knowledge needed by undergraduate anthropology majors. The course work emphasizes the practical applications of anthropological skills and knowledge in a diversity of careers and the utility of anthropological perspectives as a life-long learning tool for interpreting world events. Students successfully completing the AA-T in Anthropology will acquire a fundamental knowledge base of anthropology, learn basic knowledge and skills in data analysis and research methods, and possess a basic understanding of areas that have an interdisciplinary association to Anthropology. This degree will provide students with an introduction to the field including its scientific foundations and applied areas. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those seeking professional careers, completion of this degree is excellent general preparation for careers in academic and applied anthropology, museums, contract archaeology, zoos, education, academic counseling, international business, corporations, research, translation, government, journalism and technical writing, non-profit organizations, and many other careers. It gives students a solid basis for many career paths and can be enhanced with multidisciplinary study in related fields. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division course work in Anthropology or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. At the baccalaureate level students can continue an education in various areas of anthropology including biological/physical anthropology, socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology and linguistic anthropology. Graduate study is important in Anthropology. Those holding a Master’s or Doctoral degree may find employment in college and university teaching and other educational institutions such as museums and tribal relations, public and private research, ethnography, archaeology, primatology, museum curation, linguistics, forensic anthropology, and related fields. Those without a graduate degree will find limited career opportunity in direct areas of Anthropology. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer-college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university’s requirements.

Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746–66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. Students completing the AA-T are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system.

To earn an AA-T in Anthropology students must complete:

  1. a minimum of 19–21 semester or 28.5–31.5 quarter units in the Anthropology major with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC);
  3. completion of 60 semester units of CSU transferable course work; and
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core Courses (9 units):
ANTH 101 CBiological Anthropology3
or ANTH 101HC Honors Biological Anthropology
ANTH 102 CCultural Anthropology3
or ANTH 102HC Honors Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 103 C Introduction to Archaelogy (formerly ANTH 203 C)3
List A - Select 4-5 units from the following (ANTH 101LC plus one other):4-5
Biological Anthropology Lab1
Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
Human Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Native North America
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
List B - Select 3-4 units from List A courses if not already taken.3-4
List C - Select 3 units from List A courses if not already taken from the following:3
Comparative Cultures3
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology3
Anthropology of Death3
Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America3
Applied and Practicing Anthropology (formerly ANTH 211 C)3
Field Course in Archaeology I3
Field Course in Archaeology II3
Total Units19-21