Associate of Arts in
Associate of Arts - Specialization in Anthropology Tacoma Community College
Study humankind, from its beginnings millions of years ago to the present day, and learn principles of behavior that apply to all human communities. This program provides a well-rounded foundation in the primary subfields of anthropology, including archaeology and biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology.
This program prepares students to transfer as an anthropology major at the junior level at our primary transfer universities, including the University of Washington-Seattle, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, and others.
All public universities in the state of Washington have a language requirement at the bachelor's degree level. Students should review those requirements and ensure they meet them prior to transfer. World language credit can be applied toward humanities, multicultural and general elective requirements of the AA degree.
Anthropology Specialization Requirements (25 credits)
Core Requirements (15 credits) Select 3 courses:
- ANTH& 204 Archaeology
- ANTH& 205 Biological Anthropology
- ANTH& 206 Cultural Anthropology
- ANTH& 207 Linguistic Anthropology
Core Electives (5 credits) Select 1 course:
- ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology (Not a prerequisite for the core courses but a strongly recommended holistic overview; transfers as an Anthropology elective at 4-year institutions)
- ANTH& 210 Indians of North America
- ANTH& 237 Human Osteology
- ANTH& 245 Primatology
- ANTH 220 Ethnographies of American Cultures
Quantitative Skill Requirement (5 Credits) Select 1 course:
- MATH 136 Inferential Statistics
- MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics
General Degree Requirements (90 credits total, including Specialization Requirements)
Basic Requirements (15 credits)
Communication Skills (10 credits):
- Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Communication Skills requirement
Quantitative Reasoning Skills (5 credits) Select 1 course:
- MATH 136 Inferential Statistics (5)
- MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics (5)
Distribution Requirements (60 credits)
Individual credits may be counted in only one distribution or basic requirements area. ANTH& 100, 206, 207, and 210 may be used to fulfill the Multicultural degree requirement.
- Humanities (15 Credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Humanities Distribution requirement. ANTH& 207 may be applied toward this requirement. Additional recommendations include a world language, Philosophy, Non-Western Literature, World Music, or Art Appreciation.
- Social Sciences (15 Credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Social Sciences Distribution requirement. Up to 10 credits of ANTH courses in the Anthropology Specialization Requirements may be applied toward this requirement. Recommendations for the remaining 5 credits include World History, Sociology, and Psychology.
- Natural Sciences (15 Credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Natural Sciences Distribution requirement. ANTH& 205, 237, or 245 may be applied to meet up to 5 credits of this requirement. Additional Natural Science recommendations include Human Biology, Geology, or Environmental Science.
- Physical Education (3 Credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Physical Education Distribution requirement.
- Distribution Electives (12 credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Distribution Electives requirement. Select courses needed to fulfill the remaining Anthropology Specialization Requirements.
- Other College-Level Electives (15 Credits)
Fulfill the Associate of Arts (DTA) Other College-Level Electives requirement.