Anthropology

What does it mean to be human?

A man stands on a mountain.Anthropology has been called the most scientific of the humanities and the most humanistic of the sciences as it takes a broad approach to the study of humanity, integrating biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic perspectives. The SBVC Anthropology Department offers courses in all four subfields and in selected areas including religion and visual culture. Faculty have expertise in the areas of North American archaeology, gender studies, culture and education, and urban horticulture, and their research has taken them to Vietnam, Morocco, and Armenia.

Taking classes in Anthropology develops skills of critical thinking and enriches understanding of human diversity. Anthropologists often aim for their work to be useful in solving real-world issues faced by humans today. Anthropology majors may find careers in teaching, cultural resource management, advocacy, marketing, or conflict resolution, although anthropological insights can be useful in a vast range of occupations.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Anthropology should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements. The AA-T in Anthropology is a transfer degree accepted by universities in the CSU system. Anthropology majors transferring to a university in the UC system do not need to fulfill requirements of the AA-T in Anthropology.

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa King at (909) 387-1633 or mking@valleycollege.edu. The Anthropology Department exists within the SBVC Social Science, Human Development, and Physical Education Division.