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Anthropology - AA

Anthropologists put their endless curiosity to good use by providing unique expertise in addressing many of the challenges our communities face today. With their in-depth knowledge of humankind and deep understanding of how humanity has evolved over many centuries, anthropologists offer a valuable perspective on everything from public health concerns to longstanding issues of inequality. In an Anthropology program, you will learn how to identify and study how different cultures developed and changed with the passing of time. An anthropology degree aligns with a career in archaeology or paleontology but can also lead to opportunities in education, government, business, and several other fields.

An associate degree in Anthropology can be a first step toward a role as a historic preservationist, market researcher, human rights advocate, or museum director. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology.

Math and Science Faculty

The first year of an Anthropology program will include math and English courses to meet general education requirements. The completion of introductory math and English courses in your first year is proven to greatly increase the likelihood of crossing the graduation stage, boosting your momentum along the academic pathway you select. Other general education courses on your pathway will cover topics in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences. 

Program-specific courses may begin as soon as your first semester. These courses will become more advanced as you move along your degree pathway. Through this sequence of courses, your knowledge of anthropology will deepen and grow. Coursework will include Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Introduction Archaeology. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degrees.

Anthropology - AA (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (32-33 Credit Hours)
  Credit Hours Course Number and Title
(Written) Communication 6 ENG 121/1021 English Composition I and ENG 122/1022 English Composition II
ENG 122/1022 English Composition II and a GT Pathways approved CO3 course
Mathematics 3 One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1), prefer MAT
135/1260 Introduction to Statistics, except:
• University of Colorado Denver requires either MAT 135/1260 Introduction to Statistics or MAT 121/1340
College Algebra;
• Western Colorado University requires MAT 121/1340 College Algebra.
Arts & Humanities  6 Two GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4)
History  3 One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) 
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural & Physical Sciences 8 Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses (22 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours Course Number and Title
3 COM 115/1150 Public Speaking OR
COM 125/1250 Interpersonal Communication OR
COM 220/2300 Intercultural Communication
3 One GT Pathways Arts & Humanities course (GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GT-AH3, or GT-AH4)
3 ANT 101/1001 Cultural Anthropology
3 ANT 107/1003 Introduction to Archaeology
4 ANT 111/1005 Biological Anthropology, with Lab
3 One GT Pathways ANT course in Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS3)
3 One GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences course (must be GT-SS2 OR GT-SS3)
Electives: 5-6 credit hours

Please note: Additional ANT courses beyond the 4 courses (12 credit hours) identified above may not count toward the Anthropology major at the receiving 4-year institution.

Otero College is a part of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete your bachelor’s degree. If you attend full-time and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years.

The following Colorado public four-year institutions will accept your completed Anthropology AA degree from Otero College.

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.A. Anthropology]

Fort Lewis College
[B.A. Anthropology]

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.A. Anthropology]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.A. Anthropology]

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
[B.A. Anthropology]

University of Colorado Denver
[B.A. Anthropology]

University of Northern Colorado
[B.A. Anthropology]

Western Colorado University
[B.A. Anthropology]