Anthropology Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

Anthropology Focus

About The Program

Anthropology is the study of human biological, cultural and social diversity. With an emphasis upon a comparative perspective, anthropology studies the human condition on a global scale and throughout the course of human history. Within the discipline of anthropology, the four fields of study are biological anthropology (human evolution), cultural anthropology, archaeology and anthropological linguistics. Prepare for advanced studies in anthropology at a baccalaureate institution and eventual employment in government agencies or academic profession. Employment most often requires completion of post-graduate degree.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Recommended Electives

ART 227 History of Western Art II:DIV 5
BIOL 150 Human Genetics & Society 5
ENVS& 100 Survey of Environmental Science 5
SOC 225 Race and Ethnicity:DIV 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Minimum transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:


AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Gain a basic introduction to scientific reasoning as it applies to study of human evolution.
  • Gain a basic understanding of human beings as an aspect of the natural world and their interaction with the physical environment.
  • Gain a basic understanding of humans as a product of the contingencies of natural history with no more significance than any other species.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the history of scholarship which serves as foundation of modern cosmology and anthropological thought.
  • Achieve an appreciation of the diversity of cultures and the role it plays in determining human behavior.
  • Gain a comprehension of the nature of human language.
  • Gain a comprehension of the nature of human societies.
  • Develop the ability to apply the notion of relativism to the understanding of religion, values, world views, ideology and the concept of human nature.
  • Develop a conceptual understanding of the basic issues of multiculturalism.
  • Develop an informed understanding of the basic issues of class, ethnicity, race, gender, and religion as cultural constructs.
Revised August 2022 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements. Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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