Degree in Anthropology (AA-T)

Anthropology Degree

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Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree enables students to develop a foundation in qualitative and quantitative scientific methodologies and a comprehensive understanding of human diversity and complexity.

Students take classes in three of the discipline’s primary subfields: archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology.

Through these courses, students cultivate strong critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for the requirements of upper-division course work and a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology (or in a related major).

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate in written or oral work, or lab exercise, knowledge and application of the scientific method, and the development of cultural and biological theory about humans.
  • Students will classify universal shared elements of culture and assess alternative ways that human groups meet needs for stability, reproduction, and social control.
  • Students will identify ethnocentrism (centered in one’s own culture) in self and others and assess the effects of ethnocentrism on cross-cultural relations among individuals, groups, and nations.
  • Students will name and describe living patterns and world views of several groups in the world today as well as that of their own group.

What is an AA-T?

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) is intended for student who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these transfer degrees:

  • will earn an Associate's Degree from Mission College;
  • are guaranteed admission to a similar major at a campus in the CSU system;
  • will be prepared to start upper division coursework at the CSU;
  • and will not have to complete more than 60 units after transfer.

A complete and up-to-date listing of the similar CSU majors can be found at

Meet the Following Requirements
  1. Completion of the following major courses with grades of C or P or better.
  2. Completion of  60 CSU-transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  3. Certified completion of either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-B) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).


  • Completing courses that satisfy CSU’s U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer is highly recommended.
  • Requirements here apply to the current catalog year and are subject to change.  Visit DegreeWorks in My Mission Portal to view requirements based your catalog year.

Core Curriculum Courses Required (9.0 units)
Code Class Units
ANT 001 Biological Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ANT 003 Cultural Anthropology (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

List A: Select 3.0 Units Minimum from the Following List

Only one course can be a statistics course: MAT 010, MAT 010H, MAT 010X, SOC 016

 For sections with honors courses, select either the honors version or the non-honors version. 

Code Class Units
SJS 001 Social Justice (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SJS 002 Introduction to Gender Studies (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HIS 017A History of the United States to 1877 (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HIS 017AH History of the United States to 1877 - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HIS 017B History of the United States Since 1877 (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HIS 017BH History of the United States Since 1877 - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
MAT 010 Elementary Statistics (4.0 Lecture) 4.0
MAT 010X Elementary Statistics with Additional Support (6.0 Lecture) 6.0
SOC 016 Introduction to Statistics in Social And Behavioral Sciences (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

List B: Select One to Two Courses (3.0 to 5.0 Units)
Code Class Units
PSY 015 Introduction to Research Methods (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
PSY 015H Introduction to Research Methods - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
BIO 047 Human Anatomy (3.0 Lecture/2.0 Lab) 4.0

List C: Choose One Course From the Following (3.0 Units Minimum)

Any course not selected from List A or B; and/or any Anthropology course; and/or any other non-Anthropology course from the humanities of social sciences on cultural diversity.

Code Class Units
CHD 013 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
COM 012 Introduction to Intercultural Communication (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
ENG 013 Chicana/o-Latina/o Literature (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HIS 031 History of East Asia (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 016A Hispanic Roots and Culture (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 018 African-American Culture and Humanities (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 018H African-American Culture and Humanities - Honors (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 020 Asian Roots and Culture (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 022 Introduction to Islam (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
HUM 024 The Asian-American Experience (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
MUS 017 Music of the World (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
POL 006 Politics of Race, Class and Gender (3.0 Lecture) 3.0
SOC 021 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (3.0 Lecture) 3.0

Required Units for the Major

Required units for the major 18.0-23.0
GE and electives as needed to reach 60 units.  
Total required units for the AA-T 60.0

Anthropology Degree Careers
Career Outlook
Skills Needed
  • Research
  • Human Diversity
  • Collecting and Understanding Information
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Time Management
  • Interest in history and social interaction
Careers in the Field
  • Charity Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • International aid worker
  • Goverment official
  • Market and Social researcher
  • Chaptalin
  • Equity, diversity or inclusion officer
  • Museum/Gallery Curator
  • Social Worker
  • UX Researcher