Anthropology, AA

The Associate of Arts in  Anthropology is designed for students seeking careers in anthropology or related fields. The degree requirements include general education requirements to gain a breadth of knowledge in a wide array of disciplines. Students will also specialize in the theoretical, methodological, and topical concerns of anthropology. This course of study is designed as a university transfer degree or can be tailored for those wishing an emphasis in applied anthropology to gain the practical knowledge to enter the workforce in entry level positions. The Associate of Arts degree is fully accepted at any four-year institution in the NSHE system and is fully transferable to most four-year schools in the nation.


Students completing the degree will:

  • Understand the theories and methods used by anthropologists.
  • Discuss core concepts of the discipline including stewardship of cultural heritage, the differences between ethnocentrism and cultural relativism, and why anthropologists assert that race is a social construct.
  • Conduct research, data analysis, and report writing on specific topics within anthropology.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.

 Required Coursework

General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
MATH 120 or Higher
Introduction to Physical Anthropology 2
Select 3 additional units from General Education Science list
Social Science3
Peoples and Cultures of the World 2
Additional College Requirements
Peoples and Cultures of the World 2
Foreign Language0-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 23
ANTH 110LPhysical Anthropology Laboratory 21
ANTH 202Archaeology 23
ANTH 281Introduction to Language 23
Elective Requirements 39-26
Total Units60

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better and must earn a “C” or better in each Anthropology course.


For a list of transferable electives, please consult with Academic Advisement.

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
Foreign Language 6 4
Humanities 4 3
Mathematics 4 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
ANTH 110L Physical Anthropology Laboratory 1
ANTH 102 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
Foreign Language 6 4
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 4 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
 Semester Total14
3rd semester
Elective 5 3
ANTH 201 Peoples and Cultures of the World 3
ANTH 281 Introduction to Language 3
Foreign Language 6 3
Science 4 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
Electives 5 6
ANTH 202 Archaeology 3
Fine Arts 4 3
Foreign Language 6 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units60