Dec 08, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Anthropology: AA

Associate of Arts | 63 credits minimum

History, Anthropology and Political Science Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
AAB 165
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4307
Program Website
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Program Faculty
Associate Professors - Melissa Seaboch Ph.D.
Assistant Professors - Meredith Wismer Ph.D., John Gauthier

Program Description
Anthropology is the study of humanity. Anthropology is distinguished from other disciplines by its emphasis on a holistic approach to the study of human behavior. Anthropologists consider culture, history, language, and biology essential for a complete understanding of humankind. The History and Anthropology Department provides a wide variety of courses that range from general surveys to specialized topics. The program goes far beyond an emphasis on coverage and content; it is designed to teach students to think critically, and communicate effectively. Additionally, most core course requirements carry the General Education designation. This means that this program is also a vehicle for students to broaden their perspectives and deepen their understandings of the world around them.

Career Opportunities
Higher education, marketing, businesses (sensitivity training, international relations), medical field, public health; human resource departments, museums, non-profits; Cultural Resource Management firms; private archaeological or preservation firms, state historical departments; national and state parks/monuments; BLM, military, cultural translation organizations, zoos; law enforcement, labs.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who complete the program will transfer more easily to other Anthropology Programs across the State of Utah. The following institutions offer BA and/or BS degrees in Anthropology: University of Utah, Utah State University, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, and Weber State University. Students who complete the Anthropology AA at SLCC may satisfy pre-major courses for all of these programs.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books: $50-$100 for textbooks per semester.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Demonstrate that they understand and can apply the theories and methods used by anthropologists (e.g. the holistic approach, fieldwork, the scientific method, etc.)

1, 3, 4, 7

Demonstrate that they understand cultural diversity and can communicate about cultures using cultural relativity. They will employ ethnographic research methods in the community and interpret data.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Demonstrate that they understand and can communicate about archaeological methods and techniques and how archaeologists interpret cultural remains and data to reconstruct past life-ways.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate that they understand and can interpret the biological variation of past and present humans and their closest relatives, as well as evolutionary theories and processes. They will effectively communicate their understanding of the evidence for human evolution.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Students will:  

  • Have the skill to post a signature assignment and reflection on an electronic portfolio
  • Use scholarly publications in their research with regard to the writing
  • Use credible sources in their work and properly cite them
  • Analyze empirical data, make observations, and generate and test hypotheses
  • Compare, contrast, interpret, and weigh multiple disparate lines of evidence and points of view

1, 2, 3, 4, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV)

NOTE: Courses that meet General Education requirements may be used to meet program requirements. If this option is chosen, student must complete additional elective courses to meet the total credit hour requirement. Please meet with an academic advisor to discuss options.

Language (LN) 1 course

Students who want to earn a BA degree after transfer from SLCC are advised to take a language that the chosen school offers as upper-division to meet the BA language requirement. Not all colleges and universities offer all languages; consult with the chosen school’s language department.

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