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Academic Program


Studying anthropology at TCC will give you a solid introduction to the concepts, terminology, and current advances in this fascinating field.  Areas of anthropological study at TCC include sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, medical and forensic anthropology, and as well as the study of primates, primate ecology and conservation.  As you prepare for transfer to a 4-year university, our Anthropology faculty and curriculum will help you reach your academic and career goals in Anthropology and the social sciences.


Our Mission

TCC’s Anthropology Program’s Mission is focused on student success.  We are committed to:

  • Educate you, to support you, and to put relevant opportunities within your reach to assist you in achieving your educational objectives;
  • Create meaningful and relevant learning, inspire greater equity, and celebrate success in our lives and our communities; and
  • Deepen understanding of the anthropological aspects of human behavior, interactions and practices.



Associate in Arts (Option A) (PDF)— The Associate in Arts degree – Anthropology track is a 90 credit hour program that enables you to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s program at a 4 year university.



  • Guided Pathway (Full Time Students): Associate of in Arts (AA) – Anthropology Track (under construction)
  • Part time (under construction)



Our anthropology faculty advisors look forward to supporting you on your educational and professional pathway. Faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year and can provide general and detailed advising and career counseling to help you achieve your educational goals.  We recommend that you reach out to us if a career in Anthropology interests you so that our faculty advisors may guide you toward completion of your Associate Degree and successful transfer into a bachelor degree program.

Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will be available to support you throughout your studies at TCC.  Make your first appointment today!



The Anthropology Program offers courses under two prefixes, ANTH& and ANTH, and includes:

  • An introduction to the discipline of anthropology that asks what it means to be human. A survey of the subfields of physical anthropology, archaeology, anthropological linguistics and sociocultural anthropology through the examination of selected problems in human biological and cultural evolution.
  • Introduction to the study of the prehistory of humankind as revealed by material remains, including excavation techniques, analyzing and dating artifacts, and a survey of world prehistory from the beginning of culture to the appearance of writing.
  • Study of the origins and adaptations of the human species. An examination of the fossil record and living populations of monkeys, apes and humans.
  • Introduction to linguistic methods and theories used within anthropology, including the structure of language, anatomy and evolution of language, the relationship between language and culture, the study of language variation and of language change.
  • An examination of the diversity of cultures among the Indians of North America, this course is an ethnographic survey of Native American societies before European contact and includes discussion of contemporary issues.
  • An introduction to the comparative study of human and other mammalian skeletons as used for identification in forensic and biological anthropology. Includes various methods of identifying human skeletons (from others) as well as dental analyses, bone formation, and preservation.
  • Exploration of the origins and evolutionary trends of primates, from modern relationships to growth, development, and behavioral adaptations, as well as primate ecology and conservation.

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At TCC we are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.  In Anthropology this typically requires a bachelor degree or higher.  Here are some of the local options available:    

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: Anthropology and Museum Studies

UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND: Sociology & Anthropology


WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY:Anthropology, Anthropology-Archaeology Concentration

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Global Studies



Program Overview: Academic Program Information, Associate Degree Options

Academic Program: Academic Program, Degree Planning and Advising, Curriculum, Bachelor Degree and Transfer Options

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Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or if you have any questions, suggestions or need guidance. Thank you!


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