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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Anthropology

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Anthropology provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to receive an education in the broad field of anthropology - an examination of the human experience. Depending on their preferred focus, students can pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Coursework in this program surveys both cultural and biological aspects of what it means to be human, and students will develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of real-world anthropological case studies. As such, students receive a holistic training in their worldview that is valued highly by employers in many fields, including health and human services, media, business, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and government agencies.

Details

Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Degree Type
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Anthropology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
8109
Total credits required
60-64
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Develop an understanding of anthropology and how the subfields interrelate.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of cultures, past and present, including ecological relationships, subsistence, social organization, and belief systems.
  3. Apply a holistic anthropological and culturally relativistic approach to understanding cultural similarities and differences and applying anthropology to local, national, and global human issues.
  4. Develop and apply critical thinking and observation skills through the analysis of real world anthropological case studies using the scientific method and multiple perspectives.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to obtain, critically read, analyze, summarize and critique anthropological research through use of appropriate source material.
  6. Utilize the scientific method to investigate the foundations of human biological variation through a critical evaluation of both ancient and recent human biological adaptation and evolution.
  7. Evaluate, through archaeological research, the processes of human cultural evolution, such as the origins of: language, agriculture, settled village and urban life, writing, religion, social inequalities and state formation.
  8. Apply anthropological ethical principles through the critical analysis of real world case studies.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

$80,950

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

$66,900

* Wage information sourced from the . Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the available transfer institutions and what degrees you may be able to transfer into.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Critical course Gateway course G, SB or SB, SG 3鈥4
or
or FYC or FYC 3
Math requirement is dependent on the transfer plan selected MA 3鈥6
Second Language or
Elective
Second Language Requirement, 101 Level or Elective See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Critical course Gateway course G, SB or SB, SG 3鈥4
or
or Critical course Gateway course G, H, HU, SB or G, H, HU, SB 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
Second Language or
Elective
Second Language Requirement, 102 Level or Elective See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
or
or or or SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3
or
or
( and
)
or
or
or or ( and ) or or OR OR required for ASU BA, is required for NAU, OR is required for U of A CS or CS or CS and or CS or CS 3鈥4
ASB course recommended HU 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ 4
ASB course recommended SB 3
L 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥4
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Critical course Gateway course G, SB or SB, SG 3鈥4
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Critical course Gateway course G, SB or SB, SG 3鈥4
or
or FYC or FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Math requirement is dependent on the transfer plan selected MA 3鈥6
or
or Critical course Gateway course G, H, HU, SB or G, H, HU, SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
or
or
or
or or or SB or SB or L or SB 0鈥3
or
or
( and
)
or
or
or or ( and ) or or OR OR required for ASU BA, is required for NAU, OR is required for U of A CS or CS or CS and or CS or CS 3鈥4

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASB course recommended HU 3
SQ 4

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ASB course recommended SB 3
Second Language or
Elective
Second Language Requirement, 101 Level or Elective See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
L 3
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥4
Second Language or
Elective
Second Language Requirement, 102 Level or Elective See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 201 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Transfer Option Transfer Option 0鈥3
Second Language Second Language Requirement, 202 Level See your program advisor to determine if your transfer option requires language proficiency

General Electives

Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.

Recommended:
AFR/ASB/ Ethnic Relations in the United States
Introduction to Global Health
Women in Other Cultures
Magic, Witchcraft and Healing: An Introduction to Comparative Religion
Anthropology Goes to the Movies
Human Impacts on Ancient Environments 
Principles of Archaeology
Archaeological Field Methods
Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Southwest Archaeology
Indians of the Southwest
Sports and Culture
Death and Dying Across Cultures
Service-Learning Experience in Anthropology
Special Projects
ASM/ Forensic Anthropology 4
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

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