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Anthropology

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Get your Associate Degree in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humankind throughout space and time. This field of study brings together humanities plus social and natural sciences. Your archeology classes will explore the wide range of diversity in the human past, human biology and in cultural lives and practices. 

Normandale is one of a select group of community colleges in the nation that offers an associate’s degree in anthropology. Anthropology classes are fascinating; you’ll explore what it means to be human, cultural diversity, tracing racism’s roots, archeology of Minnesota, and so much more. 

You also can choose to take archeology classes and enjoy doing hands-on archeological field work in our working excavation site. 

Earn your associate’s degree in anthropology in two years, and then seamlessly transfer as a junior to one of several Minnesota State universities to earn a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. 

Careers In Anthropology

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A degree in anthropology prepares you for jobs in a variety of fields, including:
  • Academia - teaching, laboratory research in anthropology history, sociology or even nursing
  • Archaeology – evaluating past cultural and natural resource management
  • Archival collections/museum curation
  • Corporate and business positions in all areas of human interactions
  • Environmental areas such as geology and geography/park ranging
  • Forensic (legal) positions working with human remains

Why take Anthropology classes at Normandale?

You get to find out what makes humans tick as you earn anImage of people from different cultures, which is the focus of earning an associate's degree in anthropology.  associate’s degree in anthropology. And you’ll learn to think with an evolutionary lens about our biological, social, economic and cultural world. Further, you’ll explore: 

  • How to use analytical tools to study human behavior, culture and evolution 
  • How to think more critically about cultural differences them 
  • Cultural differences and how to identify gaps in services for minority cultures
  • The relationship between theory, research methods and data
You’ll gain knowledge and skills that will serve you well in not only careers in anthropology but in communities you interact with.

Program Basics

Anthropology Faculty

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