masksWhat is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of the biological basis of human evolution, genetic variation within the human species and patterns of global cultural change in modern humans.

Studying Anthropology at College of Alameda exposes you to cutting edge coursework looking at the evolution of human biological structures and cultural adaptations that contribute to human variation and change over time.  Coursework in Anthropology at College of Alameda meets Anthropology major lower division transfer requirements for University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU).  Anthropology classes also satisfy UC  and CSU general education requirements in biological/life sciences and social sciences and cultural diversity requirements for several other majors.

Courses offered include:

  • Anthr 1 Physical Anthropology
  • Anthr 1L Physical Anthropology Lab
  • Anthr 2 Archaeology
  • Anthr 3 Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthr 7 Magic, Religion and Witchcraft
  • Anthr 19 Sex and Gender
  • Anthr 21 Forensic Anthropology (what you see on TV is only part of the story)
  • Anthr 48 Field Studies Abroad (destinations change every year)


    Careers in anthropology include: anthropologist, archaeologist, artifacts conservator, curator, ethnologist, Foreign Service officer, government leader, immigration service official, international aid agencies director, international business manager, multicultural education instructor, museum curator, park ranger, park service official, professor/ teacher, refugee worker, researcher, social science teacher,
    social worker, travel consultant and urban planner.


    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

      • Analyze the progressive evolutionary stages of human biological development and modern human variation.
      • Use anthropological methodology to investigate the evidence of human prehistory and archaeology.
      • Critically assess and discuss patterns of human cultural behavior and beliefs of modern populations around the world.
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the inter-related nature of human beings, the environment, the physical record of evolution and the processes of cultural change throughout time.