Associate of Arts - Specialization in Anthropology


Study humankind, from its beginnings millions of years ago to the present day and learn principles of behavior that apply to all human communities. This program provides a well-rounded foundation in the primary subfields of anthropology, including archaeology and biological, cultural and linguistic anthropology.

This program prepares students to transfer as an anthropology major at the junior level at our primary transfer universities, including University of Washington-Seattle, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University and others.

All public universities in the state of Washington have a language requirement at the bachelor degree level. Students should review those requirements and ensure they meet them prior to transfer. World language credit can be applied toward humanities, multicultural and general elective requirements of the AA degree.


Degree Program

Associate of Arts Degree - Specialization in Anthropology
Career Options


Anthropology Specialization Requirements (25 credits)
Number Title

Core Requirements (15 credits) Select 3 courses:

ANTH& 204 Archaeology
ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology
ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology
ANTH& 207 Linguistic Anthropology
Core Electives (5 credits) Select 1 course:
ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology (Not a prerequisite for the core courses but a strongly recommended holistic overview; transfers as an Anthropology elective at 4-year institutions)
ANTH& 210 

Indians of North America

ANTH& 237  Human Osteology
ANTH& 245 Primatology
ANTH 220  Ethnographies of American Cultures 

Quantitative Skill Requirement (5 Credits) Select 1 course:

MATH 136 Inferential Statistics
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics


General Degree Requirements (90 credits total, including Specialization Requirements)
Number Title

Basic Requirements (15 credits)

Communication Skills (10 credits):

Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Communication Skills requirement

Quantitative Reasoning Skills (5 credits) Select 1 course:

MATH 136

Inferential Statistics (5)

MATH& 146

Introduction to Statistics (5)

Distribution Requirements (60 credits)

Individual credits may be counted in only one distribution or basic requirements area. ANTH& 100, 206, 207 and 210 may be used to fulfill the Multicultural degree requirement.

Humanities (15 Credits)

Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Humanities Distribution requirement. ANTH& 207 may be applied toward this requirement. Additional recommendations include a world language, Philosophy, Non-Western Literature, World Music, or Art Appreciation.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Social Sciences Distribution requirement. Up to 10 credits of ANTH courses in the Anthropology Specialization Requirements may be applied toward this requirement. Recommendations for remaining 5 credits include World History, Sociology and Psychology.

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Natural Sciences Distribution requirement. ANTH& 205, 237 or 245 may be applied to meet up to 5 credits of this requirement. Additional Natural Science recommendations include Human Biology, Geology or Environmental Science.

Physical Education (3 Credits)

Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Physical Education Distribution requirement.

Distribution Electives (12 credits)

Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Distribution Electives requirement. Select courses needed to fulfill the remaining Anthropology Specialization Requirements.

Other College-Level Electives (15 Credits)

Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Other College-Level Electives requirement.


Research jobs and careers for this area of study. Learn more about your career opportunities as an Anthropology major from the American Anthropological Association or view careers as an anthropologist or as an anthropologist teacher.

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Dr. Andrew Cho, Program Chair
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Dr. Elizabeth Fortenbery, Faculty Advisor
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