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Anthropology A.A.-T. Degree (22000.AAT)

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The Anthropology curriculum is designed to meet the lower division requirements of most universities offering a major in Anthropology. Students that complete an AA-T in Anthropology from Merced College will be prepared for upper division course work in Anthropology at a California State University.

The Anthropology program integrates concepts and information from various disciplines to provide a holistic understanding of mankind through the fields of Biological Anthropology, Socio-cultural Anthropology and Archaeology. Upon completion, students with an AA-T in Anthropology will be eligible to transfer with junior standing into an equivalent major within the California State University (CSU) system.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

A. Examine the goals of the discipline of anthropology.

B. Evaluate the methods used in the discipline of anthropology.

C. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity.

For an Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer (AA-T), students must complete the following:

  1. 60 semester CSU-transferable units.

  2. the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

  3. a minimum of 18 semester in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district.

  4. obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.

  5. earn a grade of C (or P) or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Note: Students are not required to complete any additional local graduation requirements for the AA-T (e.g., PE and Computer and Information Literacy courses).

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Program Core: (19-21 Units)
Required Core (10 units)


ANTH-01 Introduction to Biological Anthropology


ANTH-02 Sociocultural Anthropology


ARCH-01 Introduction to Archaeology


List A: Select (3 units)

ANTH-10 Southeast Asian Culture: Hmong (3)
ANTH-12 Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Central America (3)
GEOG-02 World Geography (3)
MATH-10 Elementary Statistics (3)
PSYC-05 Introduction to Statistics in Psychology (3)

List B: Select (3-4 units)

Any course from List A not used above (3)
GEOG-01 Physical Geography (3)
GEOL-01 Physical Geology (4)
GEOL-03 Earth Science (3)


List C: Select (3-4 units)


Any course from List A or List B not used above (3-4)
ARCH-01L Field Archaeology (1)
COMM-30 Introduction to Intercultural Communication (3)
GEOG-12 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
HIST-07 History of Southeast Asia (3)
HIST-09A Introduction to East Asian Civilization: China (3)
HIST-09B Introduction to East Asian Civilization: Japan (3)
HIST-22 History of African Americans (3)
HIST-23 Chicana/o American History and Culture US (3)
HUM-15 Comparative Cultures (3)
NUTR-12 Culture and Cuisine of the World (3)
PHIL-15 Comparative Religions (3)
SOC-01 Introduction to Sociology (3)


Total Units toward the Major: (19-21 Units)

Total Units that may be double counted: (16-19 units)

General Education (CSU-GE or IGETC) Units: (37-39 Units)

Elective (CSU Transferable) Units: (18-23 units)

Total Degree Units: (60 Units)

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Contact Information


John Albano


(209) 384-6073

School Office

IAC-A Social Sciences BLDG., 2ND Floor


(209) 381-6478

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