Anthropology is the study of past and present humans and societies. As a student of Anthropology at SPSCC, you’ll focus on human biological and cultural origins, modern biological variation, past and present cultural variation, and the relationship between language and culture.

Some anthropologists study the past through language, culture, and archaeological remains. Others look to the future and apply their knowledge to solve contemporary human problems. Food acquisition and distribution, disaster preparedness, the impact of climate change, and cross-cultural communication in a globalized society – all of these continue to shape modern human culture and biology.

What’s different at SPSCC?

Continue your studies abroad. After earning your associate degree at SPSCC, you can continue to study anthropology abroad and earn your bachelor’s degree through one of our exciting international transfer programs. Soak in new experiences, broaden your horizons, and finish your 4-year degree abroad.

Join student-led culture, language, and identity clubs. SPSCC hosts a number of student-led clubs to help broaden your horizons and ensure you’ll always have a place to call home.

Careers in Anthropology

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Social Sciences and Business
Patrick Chapman