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Associate of Arts Degree

AA-GR 60802

Linda Blan

In order to understand the physical and behavioral diversity found in humankind, anthropologists study the biological and cultural factors that influence human behavior. Anthropology is internally divided into four sub-fields: physical anthropology (the study of man as a biological entity), archaeology (the study of past cultures), ethnology (the study of living cultures) and linguistics. The undergraduate anthropology student studies in each sub-field, preparatory to selecting an area of specialization.

As the single branch of social science dealing primarily with non-western pre-industrialized societies, anthropology adds a unique dimension to liberal education. A background in anthropology is generally useful in a variety of fields, including law, philosophy, social work, history and medicine.

High school students planning to major in anthropology should take two years of high school mathematics, preferably algebra, and some work in a foreign language, preferably, German, French or Spanish. A sound background in English is critical.

Graduates with bachelor's degrees in anthropology can find employment in all pursuits normally open to other graduates in the various liberal arts, or as teachers of social studies in secondary schools. Anthropology provides a suitable background for positions with a variety of federal, state, and local agencies.

Students seeking work as professional anthropologists should plan for advanced degrees in anthropology. Graduates with master's degrees may find work in government, community colleges or museums. For university teaching and research careers, a doctor's degree is usually necessary.

Since program requirements differ between universities, the official transfer guide of the school which you plan to attend upon leaving EAC should be consulted in order to adjust this program to your personal needs.


Curriculum Requirements

ANT 120

Indian American Culture

3 credits

ANT 210

Archaeology of the Southwest

3 credits

ANT 220

Principles of Archaeology

3 credits

ANT 222

Buried Cities and Lost Tribes

3 credits


Total Curriculum Requirements

12 credits


General Education Requirements


To complete your General Education requirements, one of the courses taken to fulfill degree requirements must be designated as an Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry course and another must be designated as a Global/International/Historical Awareness course.


ENG 101 Written Communications I

3 credits


ENG 102 Written Communications II

3 credits


MAT 154 College Algebra

3 credits

Lab Science

BIO 100 Biology Concepts

4 credits


Another Lab Science course from this list

4 credits


Select from Humanities list. Choose courses from more than one department and one course must be in the Arts.

9 credits

Social Science

ANT 101 Introduction to Physical Anthropology

3 credits


ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 credits


Another non-Anthropology department Social Science course from this list

3 credits


Total General Education Requirements

35 credits


Courses listed in Curriculum Requirements that qualify for General Education credit (see the General Education section of the catalog) may fulfill both General Education and Curriculum Requirements unless General Education Requirements are specified in the major.


Elective and Foreign Language Requirements

To obtain this degree you must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the 202 course level. To do this select from the following options:

  1. If you have no foreign language coursework completed, take the French or Spanish 101, 102, 201, 202 course sequence offered at EAC. This option will fulfill your foreign language requirement. You will need to select a one credit elective course from the approved list to obtain the 64 credits required for this degree.
  2. If you have completed two years of high school French or Spanish courses, take the 201, 202 course sequence at EAC. These two courses will fulfill your foreign language requirement. You will need to select nine credits of elective courses from the approved list to obtain the 64 credits required for this degree.
  3. If you have completed four years of high school foreign language courses or have obtained foreign language ability at the 202 course level in some other manner, testing options are available to demonstrate your proficiency. Contact the Records and Registration Office for more information. If you demonstrate foreign language proficiency by testing, you will need to complete 17 credits in courses of your choice from the approved list to obtain the 64 credits required for the degree.


Total Elective and Foreign Language Requirements

17 credits


Total Minimum Degree Requirements

64 credits


In addition to completing each of the courses listed above with a grade of "C" or better, you must meet the following general graduation requirements to obtain this degree:

  • Complete at least 16 degree credits at Eastern Arizona College.
  • Attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
  • Demonstrate a reading competency at the twelfth grade level or above by one of the following methods:
    1. EAC COMPASS reading assessment test score of 76 or higher*
    2. EAC ASSET reading assessment test score of 40 or higher*
    3. ACT Assessment Reading score of 18 or higher*
    4. SAT verbal score of 530 or higher*
    5. Completion of ENG 113, College Reading, with a grade of "C" or better
    6. Grade equivalency score of 12 or higher as demonstrated by the Nelson Denny, TABE, or ABLE tests*

*Your EAC COMPASS reading assessment test score is available on Student Information System terminals or from your advisor. If you took the ASSET test or submitted an ACT, SAT, Nelson Denny, TABE, or ABLE score, a derived EAC Compass score has been placed in your record and is available on Student Information System terminals or from your advisor.

  • File a Graduation Petition at least 60 calendar days prior to the end of the semester in which graduation is anticipated and pay the Graduation Fee of $25.

  • Remove any indebtedness to the College.

  • Complete the Sophomore Qualifying Examination that is administered each semester to students who have petitioned to graduate. The Sophomore Qualifying Examination is used as a measure of EAC's institutional effectiveness, and your score has no effect on your graduation status.