masksWhat is Anthropology?
Anthropology courses at College of Alameda offer students the opportunity to study humankind from biological, historic, prehistoric and cultural perspectives. Anthropology introduces students to the investigation of what it means to be “human” in ways that are personally enriching and have practical applications in their lives. Courses include the evolution of human biological structures, human genetic and physical variation, cultural aspects of past and present societies around the world and the impact of cultural ideas on human behavior and biology.

Anthropology is a vibrant component of a well-rounded education plan for any major because of the unique characteristics of the discipline. Diversity, flexibility, understanding and empowerment are at the heart of the holistic perspective of Anthropology courses.

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)


    What can you do with a degree in Anthropology?
    A Bachelor of Arts degree or Master’s degree in Anthropology can open the door to employment in a number of fields, including education, human resources, corporate personnel integration, marketing, museum/gallery curation, public relations work, international development, non-profit management, travel and leisure fields, forensic science, cultural resource management, park services and public health, to name just a few.

    Anthropology students at CoA learn to:

      • Explain core concepts of Anthropology, including biological, socio-cultural and archaeological aspects of the discipline.
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific methods (skills) used by contemporary anthropologists.
      • Apply holistic perspective to discuss appreciation for the genetic and cultural diversity of humans in the past and present, around the world.