Anthropology  is the study of "us" everywhere in time. This includes who we are biologically and culturally. Anthropologists do this by observing current cultures, studying skeletal material, and in the case of archaeologists, by digging up the past. The  Anthropology  Program at Columbia College introduces students to the four subfields of  Anthropology: archaeology, biological  anthropology , cultural  anthropology , and linguistics. Students receive a hands-on real-world approach to this incredibly fascinating field.

Core classes include:

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology and Cultural Prehistory

Related electives include:

  • Physical Geology
  • Introduction to the History & Philosophy of Science
  • Native People of North America
  • World Religions & Spirituality 
  • Ethnicity & Ethnic Relations in America
  • Intercultural Communications

Anthropology Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Associate's Level:
At the Bachelor's Level:
At the Master’s/Doctorate Level:

Administrative Assistant

Teach outside of USA

College Professor

Grant writing

Peace Corps


Assistant Social Worker

Int'l Development Research


Research Assistant

Human Resources


Museum Employee

Marketing/Public Relations

Forensic Specialist

Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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