About Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humankind across time and place, bridging all aspects of human life.

Anthropology offers a unique four-field approach to humanity, which includes biological anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Studying anthropology enables students to better understand and appreciate human diversity in all forms, and gain insight into local and global issues, which are both essential skills for today’s complex, interconnected, and increasingly globalized world.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Anthropology can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Education, higher education, community education/outreach
  • Archaeology, cultural resource management, historic preservation, and museum curation
  • Tourism/heritage and eco-tourism
  • Folklorist, archivist
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), international/national humanitarian aid, international development
  • Social justice, community development, social work, advocacy work
  • Medical anthropology, public/international health, healthcare management, healthcare services
  • Forensics, law, and criminal justice, surveyor
  • Linguistics, translation services, bilingual/bicultural program, teaching English as a second language
  • Environmental and natural resource management
  • Public and private sector administration and management, policy research and analysis
  • Market research, social impact assessment
  • User experience (UX) research

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ANTH 1 Biological Anthropology 3  
ENGL 1A + AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  
CSU Area E Life Long Learning 3  
CSU Area C1 Arts 3  
Transfer Elective See Counselor 2-3  

Total Units: 15-17

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ANTH 2 Archaeology and Prehistory 3  
MATH 80+80S, PSYC 5, ECON 5, ANTH 4 CSU Area B4 3-7  
CSU Area A1 Oral Communication 3  
CSU Area A3 Critical Thinking 4  
Transfer Elective See Counselor 2-3  

Total Units: 15-19 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
ANTH 3 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 3  
GEOL 10 or GEOL 30 Physical Geology or Environmental Geology 3  
GEOL 10L or GEOL 30L Physical Geology Lab/Environmental Geology Lab 1-2  
CSU Area C2 Humanities 3  
Additional Major Requirement See Counselor 3  
Transfer Elective See Counselor 2-3  

Total Units: 15-17

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CSU Area C1/C2 Arts & Humanities 3  
POLS 1 American Government 3  
US HIST= CSU Graduation Requirement See Counselor 3  
Transfer Elective See Counselor 3  
Transfer Elective See Counselor 3  

Tota Units: 15

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Anthropology programs at the following institutions: 

  • California State Universities 
  • University of California 

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.