Anthropology

School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

Dean: Silvia Nadalet, Ed.D.

Department Chair: Erin Browder, Ph.D.

Office: 60-125 (619) 482-6344

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

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General Description

Anthropology is the broadest of the social sciences and is the study of human biological and cultural origins and change. The anthropology program goals and objectives have been developed to provide students with a broad introduction to the anthropological perspective including the cross-cultural and comparative approach. The program aims to introduce a wide variety of biologically and culturally relevant topics including, but not confined to, evolution, social organization, genetics, language, cultural bias, globalization, religion, technology, and recovery and study of material remains relevant to the human past. The anthropology program emphasizes the role of the scientific method in evaluating humans biologically and culturally, as well as in the development of theoretical perspectives relevant to studying human societies past and present including evolution and contemporary existence in a technological age.

Career Options

Anthropology has a high degree of relevance to many careers and occupations. Some of the following careers require education beyond the bachelor’s degree. A sample of possible career options includes: archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, environmental anthropologist, exhibit designer, expedition guide, film ethnographer, folklorist, forensic anthropologist/archaeologist, health researcher, linguist, medical anthropologist, museum curator, paleoanthropologist, peace studies, primatologist, professor, public health employee, trans-cultural nurse specialist, teacher, travel consultant, urban planner, zoological collections.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Anthropology 01720
Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)
Anthropology for Transfer (SB 1440) 01725

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Erin Browder, Ph.D.
ebrowder@swccd.edu

Maria Jelaca-Tavakoli, Ph.D.
mjelaca@swccd.edu

ANTH 101

BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces a natural history of humankind and scientific evidence for human evolution. Includes the study of genetics and heredity, taxonomy, the study of primates, evolutionary theory, and modern population adaptations and variation. Emphasizes skeletal analysis and the evaluation of the hominid fossil record. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID ANTH 110]

ANTH 101L

LABORATORY IN BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Corequisite: ANTH 101 (may be taken previously).

Lecture 0.50 hours, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides a practical study of biological anthropology. Explores field and laboratory studies in genetics, human variation, human osteology, anthropometry, hominid/hominin evolution, comparative primate anatomy, primate behavior, and forensic anthropology. Intended for anthropology majors and all students interested in life and/or behavioral sciences. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID ANTH 115L]

ANTH 102

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the social and cultural adaptations of various peoples around the world to geographic, historical, and socioeconomic conditions. Focuses on comparative systems of communications, economics, family/kingship, government, and religion. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID ANTH 120]

ANTH 103

ARCHAEOLOGY AND PREHISTORY

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the fundamentals of the history, methods, and theoretical approaches of archaeology and its application to the study of ancient civilizations. Emphasizes the techniques of data collection and analysis, cultural reconstruction and interpretation, and cultural resource management work. Uses a globally comparative case-study approach. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID ANTH 150]

ANTH 112

CULTURES OF MEXICO

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or equivalent or through the Southwestern College multiple measures placement processes.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: FALL, SPRING

Explores the culture history of indigenous societies in the zone known anthropologically as Mesoamerica. Focuses on the unique character of selected cultures, including ecological adaptations and major technological and cultural innovations. Explores the impact of Old World cultural and biological elements in creation of the region's modern society. [D; CSU; UC]

ANTH 115

MAGIC, RELIGION, WITCHCRAFT, AND HEALING

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: SPRING

Explores cross-cultural perspectives on spirituality, magic, religious beliefs, health/healing, and diversity of globally found religious and/or ritual practitioners who construct emotional, spiritual, physical health, and well-being. Emphasizes the understanding of cosmologies, religious practices, and beliefs of others assists in understanding the modern multi-cultural world. Assesses cultural perspectives concerning human existence, relationship to universe, meaning of life, health, birth, and death. [D; CSU; UC]

ANTH 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of Anthropology of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.