Anthropology, Humanities and Social Sciences Area of Concentration, Associate of Arts

This area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Anthropology. Beyond the General Education requirements and other degree, concentration, and elective requirements, this pattern should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with an advisor for information about specific requirements.

Four-year institutions vary in their requirements for an Anthropology major. It is recommended that a student consult with an advisor at the transfer institution as soon as possible in order to choose courses at CCBC that meet the requirements at the four-year institution.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. determine the focus of each of the "four fields" of anthropology and the relationship of anthropology to the other social sciences;
  2. apply the concept of culture and cultural relativism approach in class discussion and/or the writing about cultures different from their own;
  3. prepare and execute written and oral communication with objectivity, conciseness, and clarity;
  4. evaluate and critique research methods used in anthropological and other social science fieldwork;
  5. analyze cultural diversity as it plays a role throughout the coursework;
  6. evaluate examples of applied anthropology in order to determine the effectiveness of using anthropological knowledge to address social problems; and
  7. evaluate sources of print and Internet information on cultural diversity and other topics.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (HIST 101 or HIST 1113 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences (with lab) 4 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives 9 Credit(s).

Semester 4

  • Program Requirement - Two-Semester Sequence (HIST 102 or HIST 1123 Credit(s).
  • Gen. Ed. Elective - Biological and Physical Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Program Electives 8 Credit(s).

Important Information

Short Description

This area of concentration is designed for students who want to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. Anthropology is the study of what makes us human. This includes the study of cultures around the world (cultural anthropology), human biology and evolution (biological anthropology), and ancient societies (archaeology).

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Area of Concentration – Anthropology

Program Code

A 110

Contacts and Additional Information

Program Coordinators:

West Side, Ann Merck MacLellan
443-840-4202 or

East Side, Nelda Nix-McCray
443-840-1920 or

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Area of Concentration*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity course.

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.

  • Arts and Humanities (PHIL 101, PHIL 103, or PHIL 240 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (one must have a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology (CSIT 101 or CSIT 120 recommended) 3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics (MATH 125 recommended) 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Concentration Requirements and Electives - 24-26 Credits

Concentration Requirements:
Two-Semester Sequence

Choose a two-semester sequence from the list:

Critical Thinking

Choose one course from this list.

Additional Concentration Requirements
Program Electives:

Select 9-17 credits from the following list of recommended electives to attain 60 credits for the degree. Additional electives beyond this list may be selected to complete the degree requirements with the approval of the Program Coordinator/Academic Dean. Electives should be chosen based on transfer institution requirements.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**May also be used to satisfy General Education electives.