Dec 05, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 

Anthropology: AA

Associate of Arts | 63 credits minimum

Program Website
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Program Description
Anthropology is the study of humanity. Anthropology is distinguished from other disciplines by its emphasis on a holistic and evolutionary approach to the study of humans. Anthropologists consider culture, history, language, and biology essential for a complete understanding of humankind. The 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:

NOTE: Fees may vary based upon specific registration and are subject to change.

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses.


Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Students will demonstrate that they understand and can apply the theories and methods used by anthropologists (e.g. the holistic approach, fieldwork, the scientific method, etc.) [1,3,4,8]
  • Students will 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. [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
  • Students will 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. [1,2,3,4,7,8]
  • Students will 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. [1,2,3,4,7,8]
  • 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; and compare, contrast, interpret, and weigh multiple disparate lines of evidence and points of view. [1,2,3,4,8]