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What is Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humanity. It introduces students to the concept of ethnocentrism, cross-cultural perspectives of the world, and the importance of diversity and equity. Anthropologists and archaeologists typically work in research organizations, government, and consulting firms. Some analyze samples in laboratories and do fieldwork. 

Cultural Anthropology deals with the social lives of people around the world, including our own society: economic systems, legal practices, kinship, religions, medical practices, folklore, arts and political systems, as well as the interrelationship of these systems in environmental adaptation and social change.
Archaeology focuses on the material remains of human societies from the remote and recent past with emphasis on reconstructing and understanding past modes of human cultural adaptation and change.
Physical Anthropology describes and compares world human biology. The focus is on humans and their primate order, seeking to document and understand the interplay of culture and biology in the course of human evolution and adaptation. 
Linguistics deals with varied aspects of human language and the characteristics of nonhuman communication systems, to achieve an understanding of past and present human language systems and their significance in social life.

If I major in Anthropology, what kind of job can I get?

Environmental Impact Analyst
Museum Curator
Health Researcher
Redevelopment Specialist
Industrial Consultant
Artifacts Conservator
Cultural Resource Manager
Ethnic Relations Specialist
Population Analyst
Urban Planner
Exhibit Designer
Expedition Guide
Film Ethnographer 
Social Gerontologist
College Faculty Instructor
Medical Anthropologist
Bilingual Education Consultant

Zoo Director
Museum Program Director
Museum Registrar
Forensic Anthropologist
Urban Planner
Travel Agent/Guide
Human Resources Manager
Marketing Manager
National/State Park Interpreter 
Coroner/Medical Examiner 
State/Federal Government Policy Analyst 
Social Worker
Public Health Educator
Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist Teacher

If I receive an AA degree in Anthropology, can I transfer to a four-year college?

Cañada College offers everything you need to finish an AA degree in Anthropology as well as to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Analyze social science concepts and theories
  • Evaluate diverse viewpoints related to the human experience
  • Produce evidence-based arguments