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A window into the human experience

Anthropology helps you understand human development over time, from the rise and fall of societies, the development of culture, and how humanity has shaped the world around us. At MVC, you'll receive a foundational education in social, historical, cultural, linguistic and genetic anthropology.

Programs of Study

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    Associate Degree
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    Transfer Degree
  • C
    Credit Certificate
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  • Limited Enrollment
    Limited Enrollment
  • Online Options Available
    Online Options

Anthropology for Transfer

Associate in Arts for Transfer

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  • T
  • Online Options Available

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer affords students the opportunity to study the nature of the human diversity from a genetic, archeological, linguistic and cultural basis. The breadth of Anthropology will be examined to include the historical and contemporary theory and research as the basis from which to gain an in-depth awareness and understanding of humans and the world in which we live.

This program assists students with seamless transfer to a California State University.

Program Code



18 - 20 Units

Why study anthropology?

By studying anthropology, you'll be able to better understand your own culture and experience by examining the experiences, culture and histories of other humans. From cultural sensitivity to critical thinking, you'll learn how to research effectively, communicate complex anthropological ideas and concepts concisely and accurately, as well as challenge ethnocentric ideas, values and human nature. If you plan to pursue further study, you will have the opportunity to specialize in sociocultural, biological, linguistic or archaeological anthropology.

What You'll Learn

  • How to apply the holistic and comparative perspective inherent in anthropological knowledge to real world problems.
  • The ability to use information resources and technology to research current issues in all four subfields of anthropology.
  • How to synthesize and integrate theoretical perspectives specific to anthropology and general to the social and natural sciences.

Career Options

  • Teacher (K-12 or Post-Secondary)
  • Public Relations
  • Researcher
  • Library or Information Science
  • Community Educator
  • Conservationist (Museums, Zoos or Nature Centers)
  • Cultural Resource Management