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What Is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity across time. The discipline includes four sub-areas: socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and biological anthropology. Anthropology students are taught holistic and comparative approaches to the study of the human condition and develop a strong grasp of the causes and consequences of globalization. The Anthropology guided pathway at Perimeter College provides the freshman and sophomore coursework required by most four-year institutions.

Why Study Anthropology?

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Students of anthropology explore cultures around the world or throughout time. They examine artifacts of ancient people and study the human body to reveal clues to the past.

For the latest information about the required courses in the Anthropology pathway view the Associate-Level Undergraduate Catalog

Anthropologists work for corporations, governmental agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. A background in anthropology opens the door to a variety of career fields, among them:

  • Primary, secondary and university-level education
  • Educational administration
  • Ethnographic government studies
  • Forensic anthropologist (CSI specialist)
  • Human resources
  • Liaison for multinational corporations

The Anthropology pathway leads to an Associate of Arts degree.

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours) Required Courses (15 Credit Hours):

  • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
  • ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
  • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
  • ANTH 2030 Archaeology and Prehistory (3 Credit Hours)
  • World language at the 1002 or higher level (3 Credit Hours)
Select additional courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
  • ANTH 2040 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3 Credit Hours)
  • [ENVS 1402] Plant Resources in the Environment (4 Credit Hours)
  • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3 Credit Hours)
  • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2 Credit Hours)
  • PERS 2001 Perspectives on Comparative Culture (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
  • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality (3 Credit Hours)
  • World language at the 2001 level (3 Credit Hours)
For the latest information about the required courses in the Anthropology pathway view the Associate-Level Undergraduate Catalog


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