Associate in Arts Degree Anthropology


The Associate in Arts Degree in Anthropology 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 for university transfer and coursework, while emphasizing 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.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units
  4. complete all graduation requirements, and
  5. have an overall GPA of 2.0. At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Students pursuing more than one specified departmental major may double count a maximum of 7 units to fulfill major requirements. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.
Required Courses (13 units):
ANTH 101 CBiological Anthropology3
or ANTH 101HC Honors Biological Anthropology
ANTH 101LCBiological Anthropology Lab1
ANTH 102 CCultural Anthropology3
or ANTH 102HC Honors Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 105 C Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH 103 C Introduction to Archaelogy (formerly ANTH 203 C)3
or ANTH 106 C Human Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations
Anthropology Elective Courses
Select 6 units from the following list:6
Human Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations3
Introduction to Archaelogy (formerly ANTH 203 C)
Comparative Cultures3
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion3
Native North America3
Anthropology of Death3
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology3
Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America3
Field Course in Archaeology I3
Field Course in Archaeology II3
Total Units19