This department is in the division of Social Sciences, Human Development & Physical Education.


Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human.


A man stands on a mountain.

What is distinct about us as a species? What are all the ways we are diverse and what does this mean for us? Anthropology uses scientific and humanistic perspectives, pulling together the study of human evolution, language, culture, and history to better understand who we are as humans and what our responsibilities are to one another and to the places we live.

Anthropology has been described as “open-ended, comparative, and critical.” No way of being human is the only possible one or the most natural one. Anthropology asks questions about humans that acknowledge our flexibility, vulnerability, and choices. Anthropology asks: Why this way rather than that one? Anthropology values diverse ways of thinking and problem-solving, and Anthropology is “not content with things the way they are” but seeks to positively contribute to a better future. (2018 Ingold, Tim. Anthropology and/as Education. New York: Routledge.)

The SBVC Anthropology Department offers introductory courses in the four primary subfields: Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeology. Additional courses focus on food, religion, and visual culture. Faculty have expertise in the areas of North American archaeology, gender, education, and urban gardening, and their research has taken them to Vietnam, Morocco, and Armenia.

All SBVC Anthropology courses transfer to CSU and UC schools. Taking an Anthropology course will help you to improve your critical thinking skills and enrich your understanding of human diversity.

Anthropology majors may find careers in teaching, healthcare, cultural resource management, organizational research, marketing, or law, although anthropological insights can be useful in a vast range of occupations. SBVC Anthropology majors 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 The Anthropology Department exists within the SBVC Social Science, Human Development, and Physical Education Division (SSHDPE). The SSHDPE Dean is Dr. Wallace Johnson and his office is located in NH 345.


Anthropology Associate of Arts Transfer Degree Transfer Degree, AA-T

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human. It 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. Anthropologists often aim for their work to aid in understanding and solving real-world issues faced by humans today. The courses within this program are designed to provide students with applicable skills useful in a vast range of occupations.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. To earn this Anthropology AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

•completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;

•completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of a least 2.0; and

•certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 37-39 units.

It is highly recommended that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.

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.
Core Courses: (9 Units) Units
ANTHRO 100 Introduction to Archaeology 3
ANTHRO 102 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTHRO 102H Cultural Anthropology - Honors 3
ANTHRO 106 Biological Anthropology 3
ANTHRO 106H Biological Anthropology - Honors 3
List A: Select one course from the following: (3 units minimum) Units
ANTHRO 125 Language and Culture 3
ENGL 102 Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking 4
ENGL 102H Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors 4
MATH 108 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
PSYCH 105 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
List B: Select one to two courses: (4 units maximum) Units
BIOL 260 Human Anatomy 4
GEOL 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 3
GEOL 111 Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory 1
GIS 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
PSYCH 201 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 4
List C: Select one course (3 units minimum) or
Any course from List A or B not already used:
ANTHRO 103 Anthropology of Food 3
ANTHRO 106L Biological Anthropology Laboratory 1
ANTHRO 108 North American Indians 3
ANTHRO 109 Visual Culture and Art 3
ANTHRO 110 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion 3
ART 108 Art of Mexico and Mesoamerica 3
COMMST 174 Intercultural Communication 3
ENGL 163 Chicano Literature 3
ENGL 165 African-American Literature 3
ENGL 280** World Literature: To 17th Century 3
ENGL 281** World Literature: 17th Century to Present 3
HIST 107 Native American History 3
HIST 137 Racial and Ethnic Groups in United States History 3
HIST 139 African-American History 1877 to Present 3
HIST 140 Chicano History 3
HIST 150 Introduction to Latin American History 3
HIST 170 World History to 1500 3
HIST 171 World History Since 1500 3
MUS 107 Music of the World 3
POLIT 141 Introduction to World Politics 3
POLIT 141H Introduction to World Politics - Honors 3
RELIG 101 Introduction to World Religions 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 100H Introduction to Sociology - Honors 3
SOC 141 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
Major Total: 18-21 Units
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU requirements: 37-39 Units
Total units that may be double-counted for CSUGE or IGETC: 19 Units
CSU electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 19-24 Units
Total Units 60
  1. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the conceptual framework that guides anthropology including aspects related to archaeology, culture, language and biology evaluated by written or objective assessments
  2. Students will develop an awareness of people in different parts of the world and the interdependence of a multicultural global community evaluated by written or objective assessments

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