Anthropology

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Overview

Do you wonder what makes humans different from other species? Are you curious about human origins? Are you fascinated by human behavior and how it can impact current societies? If these questions are on your mind, then Anthropology may be the right degree choice for you!

Anthropology is the scientific study of humans, human behavior and societies in the past and present. This field is generally broken down into subfields. Social anthropology studies patterns of behavior and cultural anthropology studies cultural meaning, including norms and values. Linguistic anthropology studies how language influences social life. Biological or physical anthropology studies the biological development of humans. Archaeology studies past human activity through investigation of physical evidence.

Why Choose Anthropology at TMCC?

TMCC’s Anthropology major offers several key advantages:

  • Anthropological studies at TMCC are designed as a university-transferable degree, accepted at the University of Nevada, Reno as well as most four-year schools in the nation. 
  • TMCC Associates program allows students to gain practical knowledge to enter the workforce at an entry level. 
  • Most courses are offered both in-person and online so that you can choose the options that best support your learning style and schedule.
  • TMCC’s entire Anthropology degree can be completed online if you prefer the flexibility of this format.
  • TMCC’s small class sizes give you the optimal opportunity to learn and discuss the material and get the personalized help you need to be successful in college. 
  • Our Anthropology faculty will mentor you and/or partner with you to do research, projects and more to gain valuable experience and build your resume. They will work with you to find rewarding internship and field school opportunities. They can even connect you to opportunities to go on digs!
  • You can participate in TMCC’s Anthropology Club which will connect you to other students majoring in Anthropology as well as to professionals in the field.

What Will I Study?

Your courses in the Anthropology Program at Truckee Meadows Community College will teach you theoretical, methodological, and topical applications in anthropology as you work to obtain your Associate of Arts Degree in Anthropology. Our degree is designed to seamlessly to transfer to UNR. You can complete your lower division courses at TMCC and then transfer to UNR to complete a bachelor of arts in Anthropology. UNR also offers both a masters and doctoral degree program if you wish to continue your studies.  

As you progress through your courses in this program, you will understand the theories and methods used by anthropologists as well as the core concepts of the discipline including stewardship of cultural heritage, the differences between ethnocentrism and cultural relativism, and why anthropologists assert that race is a social construct. You will have the opportunity to conduct research, perform data analysis, and learn report writing on specific topics within anthropology. The program is also one of the few degree programs that offer students the opportunity to choose elective courses so that you can explore other educational topics that interest you and benefit from a true liberal arts education. 

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TMCC offered me opportunities to actively participate in research, attain a holistic way of thinking, and develop my love of Anthropology through helping my fellow students; this is what spurred me though my Bachelor’s degree and into my current Master’s program.

Erin M., TMCC Anthropology Graduate

Career Paths

An anthropology major will provide you with diverse skills that you can apply to many different types of jobs, in institutions ranging from public health to land management to education. Students with an undergraduate degree in anthropology commonly follow any of four main career paths: positions in government, academia, business or community service organizations. Of course, many graduates of anthropology programs choose to become archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, or primatologists. The knowledge and skills you will gain through your study of anthropology is applicable to a wide array of careers. Some careers that are options to consider with your anthropology foundation include:

  • Archaeologist 
  • Educator
  • Cultural Resource Manager
  • Disaster Relief Worker
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Museum/Curation/Project Designer
  • Human Rights/Social Justice Advocate
  • Forensics Specialist
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Manager
  • Attorney
  • Diversity Officer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Resources Representative
  • International Nonprofit Administrator
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Media Planner
  • Organizational Development Specialist
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Social Media Specialist

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