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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?

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.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

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)  Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18)

  1. Required Courses (15):
    • ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2020 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 2030 Archaeology and Prehistory (3)
    • World language at the 1002 or higher level (3)
  2. Select additional courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • ANTH 2040 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (3)
    • ENVS 1402 Plant Resources in the Environment (4)
    • GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3)
    • MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3)
    • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2)
    • PERS 2001 Perspectives on Comparative Culture (3)
    • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
    • World language at the 2001 level (3)
For the latest information about the required courses in the Anthropology pathway view the Associate-Level Undergraduate Catalog


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