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Degrees & Certificates

Anthropology – Department Chair Anthony Powell


A study of Anthropology at Merritt College is intended to provide students with knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of cultural and biological contributions to human adaptations, in the past and in the present.

To qualify for the Associate of Arts in Anthropology degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. See the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog for more information on the local AA/AS overall requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).


Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the degree will be able to:

  • Analyze human biological and cultural adaptations, including the different factors that have affected and continue to affect humans biologically and culturally.
  • Analyze the factors that cause modern human biological and cultural diversity and demonstrate an appreciation for, and sensitivity to, human biological and cultural diversity.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
ANTHR 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3
ANTHR 1L Physical Anthropology Laboratory 1
ANTHR 2 Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory 3
ANTHR 3 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTHR 5 American Indian History and Culture 3
MATH 13 Introduction to Statistics 3
Select 2 courses(6 units) from the following:
ANTHR 4 Ancient Civilizations: Aztec, Inca, Maya 3
ANTHR 7 Magic, Religion, and Witchcraft 3
ANTHR 13 Urban ANthropology 3
ANTHR 16 Sex and Society 3
Total Required Units for AA Degree: 23

Strongly recommended:

Biol 10 – Introduction to Biology (4)
CIS 1 – Introduction to Computer Information Systems (4)
CIS 5 – Introduction to Computer Science (5)