Sep 18, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Anthropology Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

Anthropology imparts a global, comparative, and historical (evolutionary) approach to human studies. Its subject is cultural diversity and biological variation among humans both contemporary and ancient. It seeks to answer who we are, where we come from, what is learned, and what is instinctual. Anthropology is divided into two major categories: cultural and physical. Cultural anthropology tests the accuracy of beliefs about human behavior. Physical anthropology seeks accuracy of beliefs about human biological nature and development. Specializations in anthropology include archeology, linguistics, cultural resource management, forensics, paleontology, medical anthropology, and counseling among others. In any professional career, it is increasingly important to have a concrete understanding of human behavior in a cultural context. Anthropology offers that understanding.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of the Anthropology program, students should be able to:
  • Define and recall key aspects of all four sub‐disciplines of Anthropology
  • Recognize and describe the main characteristics of culture
  • Discuss the most important cultural processes at work in each society
  • Analyze the evolutionary process of sociocultural change
  • Use methodological processes and terminology appropriate to the field of Anthropology
  • Apply an anthropological perspective to real life situations
  • Examine diversity and global processes and how they relate and contribute to the understanding of humanity
  • Locate and synthesize relevant information

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website .

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three-four (3-4) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours.

Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours.


Five-six (5-6) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list can be found at Approved Electives Course List of AA Degrees and Course of Study .

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