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Anthropology offers concepts and analytic practice toward understanding the deeply held values and assumed social structures that characterize each culture. The student finds the basis for becoming conversant with an ever broadening world. In our culturally diverse society, the awareness of difference as well as human commonality is pertinent to all professions. When going on to a four-year institution, a minor or second major in anthropology deserves consideration. An anthropological eye will enhance foreign study and travel.

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A.A. with Emphasis, Anthropology (60 credits)

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Purpose: This program is designed to introduce students to the field of anthropology as a whole, encourage them to find their own anthropological directions and prepare them for more rigorous future education.

Program Information: Anthropology is the study of humanity. This comprehensive field typically is divided into several subfields, including archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistics. Connecting these various subfields is a series of approaches that encourage the individual to be comparative in scope, evolutionary in depth and holistic in perspective.

Note: To earn the A.A. with Emphasis in Anthropology, students need to complete all requirements for a general A.A. degree, incorporating the specific requirements of their chosen emphasis. Careful planning with an academic counselor as well as with a member of the anthropology department is strongly advised to tailor the emphasis to meet the requirements of the student’s chosen four-year college or university. Honors within the anthropology emphasis is an option.

Anthropology curriculum (12 credits)

Course Number    Title Credits
ANTH 1110 Cultural Anthropology
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
ANTH 1130 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
(MnTC Goals 3, 10)
Choose two additional anthropology courses, 6 cr
ANTH 1101 Introduction to American Culture
(MnTC Goals 7, 8)
ANTH 1120 Introduction to Archaeology,
(MnTC Goals 5, 7)
ANTH 1150 Introduction to American Indian Culture
(MnTC Goals 7, 10)
ANTH 2100 Visual Anthropology 3cr
ANTH 2130 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
(MnTC Goals 8, 9)

Courses outside of the emphasis program

Course Number    Title Credits
ANTH 1100 Introduction to Anthropology1
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
ANTH 2120 Field Experience in Anthropology
(MnTC Goals 5, 7)
1Note: ANTH 1100 Introduction to Anthropology is recommended as a first course when pursuing any interest in Anthropology, but it is not required as part of the emphasis.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (40 credits)
Courses from the Anthropology curriculum may be applied to the MnTC requirements. The specific requirements for the MnTC are outlined as part of the Associate in Arts degree. See A.A. degree requirements section of the catalog.

Electives (18 credits)
Courses from any department numbered 1000 or higher. Courses from the Anthropology emphasis not applied to the MnTC should be incorporated into the elective category.

Health/Physical Education (2 credits)
The specific requirements for Health/Physical Education are outlined as part of the Associate in Arts degree. See A.A. degree requirements section of the catalog.