The study of anthropology provides students with the academic foundation necessary to understand the diversity and complexity of the human experience from a holistic approach. Students will learn to ask challenging questions, engage critically with the material, utilize statistical analysis, and appreciate the interconnected relationship between humans and the environment from an evolutionary perspective.
This program can be completed fully online and prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for further studies with a strong background in problem-based research, technical writing, communication, and presentation skills, as well as an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Program coursework is supplemented by opportunities to engage in archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork with state and local partners. Completion of the required courses is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree in Anthropology and meets the general-education requirements at all Idaho public universities. Course selection should be coordinated to meet requirements for your intended transfer institution (if known).
Anthropologists work in a variety of contexts including but not limited to: cultural resource management (CRM), museum collections, archaeological surveys, colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, non-profit associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), corporations (business anthropology), criminal justice (forensic anthropology), and healthcare (medical anthropology). Research and communication skills, along with diversity awareness training and bilingualism, are increasingly valued in a globalized marketplace, which makes anthropologists uniquely equipped for future employment in a number of fields and industries.
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