Dec 09, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Anthropology: AA

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Associate of Arts | 63 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
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor Sidney McGuire Brown, AAB, (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
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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.

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
  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
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
Students will speak and write analytically and comparatively about anthropological themes, theories, methods, interpretations, arguments and ideas in a skilled and respectful manner 2
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

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

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

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from one of 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 cr
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4 cr
Humanities (HU)   3 cr
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3 cr
Social Science (SS)   3 cr
Physical Science (PS)   3 cr

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) 5 Credits


*LANG prefix does not exist-that prefix would be replaced by the prefix for the individual language chosen: ARB, CHI, FRN, GER, ITL,JPN, NAV, POR, RUS, SAM, SPN, TNG

Sample Schedule

Total: 13-15

Total: 17

Fall Semester

Total: 18

Spring Semester

  • Student Choice 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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