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Anthropology, the study of humans and society, is an engaging field with many opportunities.  

MC’s anthropology discipline provides a strong foundation in both cultural and physical anthropology/archaeology. Students in our cultural classes have the opportunity to complete a hands-on ethnographic research project, while students in our physical anthropology classes can participate in behavior research projects and an archeological excavation.

You can take anthropology classes at each MC campus—in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring.

Whether you want to take an anthropology class or prepare for an anthropology bachelor’s degree, we are here to help. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your academic goals.  

About Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans—past and present—using knowledge drawn from the social, biological, and physical sciences, and the humanities.

Sociocultural anthropology focuses on human behavior in all it variations, analyzing and comparing cultural systems, in order to better understand the differences and similarities among human groups.

Human evolution and archaeology focuses on the biological part of human behavior looking at human evolution and current human variation as well as adding a time dimension by studying past civilization and their cultures.

MC offers courses in anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and human evolution. Courses are offered each semester, including Introduction to Archaeology and World Cultures, and archaeological field research projects.

Program and Transfer Opportunities

MC does not offer a degree or certificate in anthropology, though the courses fulfill social science requirements for the general studies social sciences, administration, and health (SSAH) core and social science distribution requirements for the General Education Program. In addition, ANTH 201: Intro to Sociocultural Anthropology and ANTH 256: World Cultures fulfill the global/cultural perspectives requirement.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should follow the general studies degree in the social sciences, administration and health (SSAH) core, which allows you the flexibility take courses according to the requirements of your transfer school. Anthropology courses lay a solid academic foundation for numerous majors. Many MC students plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their BA or BS in anthropology. 

If you are planning to transfer to a four-year school, you will need to look at the transferability of the individual classes you want to take. Check with each school of interest to determine which MC courses are required at the lower level by visiting a school’s anthropology major site.  

Anthropology Courses

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. 

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.