2020-2021 Catalog

Anthropology, Associate of Arts

The Anthropology Program at Western is committed to supporting the “Four-Field Method” of Anthropology. Offering courses in Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistics, and Physical Anthropology, plus sub-disciplines such as the Anthropology of North American Indians and World Culture, Western students graduate with the core courses necessary to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at any four-year institution or moving directly into the workforce. Field Courses in Archaeological Methodology and Paleoindian Rock Art round out the student experience. An Associate of Arts in Anthropology is valuable to employers in the public arm of Archaeology, termed Cultural Resource Management, for hiring at the crew level. CRM crews conduct archaeological surveys and excavations necessary for regulatory compliance to build on federal or state land, or land in which federal or state tax money is being utilized. This is a growing field, and students have an excellent opportunity to move upwards by completing the Bachelor’s degree. The AA in Anthropology is articulated with several four-year universities in the region, making transfer smoother for the student. These articulation agreements are based on the quality of the faculty in the program, and the proven performance of our students as they transition to other schools.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

APPROVED LANGUAGE COURSE

4

MATH 1400COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3

ANTH 1200INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

3

ANTH 1300INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes: 

  • In addition to ENGL 1010, students may be required to also take ENGL 1011 (2 credits) due to placement, adding 2 additional credits to their graduation total.
  • Any language may fulfill the language requirement, as long as 3 consecutive-semester sequence is completed.
  • Students may select from any course at MATH 1400 or above to fulfill this requirement.
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    APPROVED ENGLISH COURSE

    3

    LAB SCIENCE

    4

    APPROVED LANGUAGE COURSE

    4

    US & WYOMING CONSTITUTION

    3

    ANTH 2000INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS ANTHROPOLOGY

    3

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • U.S. & Wyoming Constitution can be fulfilled by HIST 1211, HIST 1221, HIST 1251, or POLS 1000. A course may only be counted once per pathway requirement.
  • Approved English Course can be fulfilled by ENGL 1020, ENGL 2005, or ENGL 2019. 
  • Any language may fulfill the language requirement, as long as a 2 consecutive-semester sequence is completed in a single language.
  • Lab science can be fulfilled by BIOL 1010, GEOL 1100, CHEM 1000, PHYS 1050, or ENTO 1001. Distance students may select BIOL 1006 which is completed totally online.
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    APPROVED APPLIED ARTS

    3

    APPROVED ANTHROPOLOGY COURSE

    2-3

    STAT 2070STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE

    4

    OR

    STAT 2050FUNDAMENTALS OF STATISTICS

    4

    ANTH 1100BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

    4

    BIS/BUSINESS ELECTIVE

    2-3

    Total Credit Hours:16-17

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Applied Arts: Students may select from ART 2410, COMM 2010, COMM 2110 to fulfill this requirement.
  • Anthropology: Students may select from ANTH 1350, 2200, 2210, 2310, 2410, or 2470. A course may only be counted once per pathway requirement.
  • Business Elective: Students may select from BADM 1000, CMAP 1530, CMAP 1705, CMAP 1905, CMAP 2600, ECON 1010, PEAC 1296, PEAC 1295, PEAC 1308, PEAC 2025. Students may also opt to explore via a Topics Course (any 2490 or other topics designation). 
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    ANTH 2410ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS

    1-2

    SOCIAL SCIENCE

    3

    SOCIAL SCIENCE OR HUMANITIES

    3

    APPROVED ELECTIVE

    3

    APPROVED ANTHROPOLOGY COURSE

    2-3

    Total Credit Hours:14

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes:

  • Anthropology: Students may select from ANTH 1350, ANTH 2200, ANTH 2210, ANTH 2310, ANTH 2410 or ANTH 2470.
  • Several courses may fulfill Social Science/Humanities requirement. Students should consult with their advisor.
  • Several courses may fulfill Social Science requirement. Students should consult with their advisor.
  • Elective courses must be 1000 level or higher.
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    Total Credit Hours: 64-67