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2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog 
2015-2016 SLCC General Catalog [**** ATTENTION: YOU ARE VIEWING AN ARCHIVED CATALOG **** ]

Anthropology: AS

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Associate of Science | 61 credits minimum

History, Anthropology and Political Science Department
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, AAB 165
Associate Dean: Marianne McKnight, AAB 165Q, 801-957-4547
Administrative Assistant: Laura Rice, AAB 165, 801-957-4307
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor: Sidney McGuire Brown, AAB 237B, 801-957-3866

General Information, 801-957-4073

Program Faculty:
Associate Professors − James Dykman, Jude Higgins, Melissa Schaefer

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: See for updated career opportunities and information.

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 AS at SLCC may satisfy pre-major courses for all of these programs.

Admission into a major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimated Cost for Students: $100-$150 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
Students will acquire substantive knowledge of:
  1. the similarities and differences of diverse cultures
  2. archaeological techniques, methods and theories that anthropologists rely upon to reconstruct the past life ways in order to understand cultural adaptation to various environments
  3. cultural approaches to the study of indigenous narratives and stories
  4. ethnographic data collection and analysis
  5. biological variation of past and present humans and their closest relatives
  6. evolutionary theories and processes
  7. the holistic approach used by anthropologists
  8. the scientific method and how it is used by anthropologists
1 - Substantive Knowledge
Students will speak and write analytically and comparatively about anthropological themes, theories, methods, interpretations, arguments and ideas in a skilled and respectful manner 2 - Communicate Effectively
Students will think critically when they:
  1. gather, identify, differentiate and analyze ethnographic data
  2. evaluate different anthropological approaches and arguments.
  3. analyze empirical data, make observations, and generate and test hypotheses
  4. compare, contrast, interpret, and weigh multiple disparate lines of evidence and points of view about human evolution
4 - Think Critically

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) Choose one Course (3-4 Credits) from the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Social Science (SS)   3
Physical Science (PS)   3

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.


*Course taught Spring semesters in odd years

Additional Electives: (3 Credits)

Select 3 credits from any college level courses numbered 1000 or above.

Sample Schedule

Total: 16

Total: 15

Fall Semester

Total: 15

Spring Semester

  • ELEC 3
  • Distribution (3) 9

Total: 15

Advising Notes:

It is recommended students take MATH 1040 - Intro to Statistics (QL)  as QL course.

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