Explore the mysteries of human populations past and present and enrich your own experiences of the world with Pierce College's anthropology and archaeology courses.

Anthropology and Archaeology Program Description

Areas of focus include:

  • Archaeology (the study of past cultures)
  • Cultural anthropology (the study of living cultures)
  • Anthropological linguistics (the study of world languages)
  • Biological anthropology (the study of human biology)

While anthropology courses are certainly valuable for personal enrichment, they can also serve as valuable electives for students wishing to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Anthropology Focus

Students wishing to major in anthropology at a four-year school are encouraged to take the following Pierce College courses:

  • Archaeology (ANTH& 204)
  • Biological anthropology (ANTH& 205)
  • Cultural anthropology (ANTH& 206)
  • Composition-Argumentation and Research (ENGL 103)
  • Intro to Statistics (MATH& 146)

It is also recommended that anthropology majors take at least two quarters of a world language.

Other recommended courses include:

  • American Mosaic (ANTH& 106)
  • Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (ANTH 240)
  • Indians of North America (ANTH& 210)
  • Northwest Coast Indians (ANTH& 216)
  • General Psychology (PSYC& 100) and/or Intro to Sociology (SOC& 101)
  • World Prehistory (ANTH& 104)
  • Forensic Anthropology (ANTH& 236)
  • General Biology (BIOL& 160)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL& 241 and 242)
  • Historical Geology (GEOL& 103)

Archaeology Focus

Explore past cultures and people by uncovering and studying artifacts. Learn to excavate and determine the age of artifacts, and to develop hypotheses about past societies based on these artifacts.

Students planning to major in archaeology at a four-year school should check with the school they wish to attend for specific transfer requirements.

Archaeology courses include:

  • World Prehistory (ANTH& 104)
  • Archaeology of Ancient Civilizations (ANTH 107)
  • Indians of North America (ANTH& 210)
  • Northwest Coast Indians (ANTH& 216)
  • Historical Geology (GEOL& 103)

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Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.


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The Associate of Arts (AA-DTA) is for liberal arts transfer students. It is also sometimes known as the DTA Associate degree. These degrees can be tailored to your university of choice.


Anthropology and archaeology courses may be taken as electives and are especially valuable to students planning on majoring in these fields at a four-year school. Also, Cultural Anthropology (ANTH& 206) and American Mosaic (ANTH& 106) often fulfill diversity requirements of four-year schools.


Students typically working toward their transfer degree take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Check with the school you wish to attend for detailed information on transfer requirements, and see your academic advisor.


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Program Contacts

Mary Russell
Kathryn Keith