Anthropology

Division: Social Sciences
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Anthropology is the natural and social science that studies the history, evolution, culture and society of humans. Students will acquire skills and abilities in critical thinking and communication and will become more informed about the interconnectedness of people and systems (culturally and biologically). Students will also recognize common features of the human experience around the world and throughout history and be able to demonstrate respect for the rights and views of others.

The most common career opportunities with a baccalaureate degree include advertising, administration, market research, sales management, public relations, banking, merchandising, medical, editing, journalism, utilities, management consulting, foreign service, urban planning, social services and environmental studies.

Transfer requirements in Anthropology are available in the Counseling Department. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Contact Information

Social Sciences Division Chair

Alicia Crumpler | (559) 737-4816 | aliciacr@cos.edu
Kern: 728F | Visalia Campus

Dean of Business, Social Science, and Consumer Family Studies

Jesse Wilcoxon | jessew@cos.edu
Kern: 716 | Visalia Campus

ANTH 010 Cultural Anthropology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: ANTH 010H
This course explores how anthropologists study and compare human culture. Cultural anthropologists seek to understand the broad arc of human experience focusing on a set of central issues: how people around the world make their living (subsistence patterns); how they organize themselves socially, politically and economically; how they communicate; how they relate to each other through family and kinship ties; what they believe about the world (belief systems); how they express themselves creatively (expressive culture); how they make distinctions among themselves such as through applying gender, racial and ethnic identity labels; how they have shaped and been shaped by social inequalities such as colonialism; and how they navigate culture change and processes of globalization that affect us all. Ethnographic case studies highlight these similarities and differences, and introduce students to how anthropologists do their work, employ professional anthropological research ethics and apply their perspectives and skills to understand humans around the globe. (C-ID ANTH120)
Prerequisites: ENGL 251 or ENGL 261 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
ANTH 011 Biological Anthropology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course introduces the concepts, methods of inquiry, and scientific explanations for biological evolution and their application to the human species. Issues and topics will include, but are not limited to, genetics, evolutionary theory, human variation and biocultural adaptations, comparative primate anatomy and behavior, and the fossil evidence for human evolution. The philosophy of science and the scientific method serve as foundations to the course. (C-ID ANTH110)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
ANTH 012 Archaeology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Equivalent Course: ANTH 112
This course is an introduction to the study of concepts, theories, and methods of anthropological archaeology as well as a review of significant data and models that contribute to knowledge of the human past. The course includes a discussion of the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques and methods of survey, excavation, and analysis; cultural resource management; and selected cultural sequences. Approved for Distance Learning format. (C-ID ANTH150)
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with a "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures.

Anthropology

Prochnow, Marla, Ed.D.
B.A., California State University, Fullerton
M.A., California State University, Fullerton
Ed.D., California State University, Fresno