Overview

Completing the Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) with an anthropology concentration will give students the opportunity to study contemporary languages and cultures; interactions between culture and biology; human evolution, variation, and adaptation; and the cultural developments of past human societies.

A concentration in anthropology at MTC introduces students to the foundational cultural understandings applied by ethnographers, archaeologists, Foreign Service workers, forensic anthropologists, human rights and social justice advocates, museum curators, market researchers, language and communication specialists, and development anthropologists. During this course of study, students will question and learn what it means to be human, build foundational knowledge in anthropological research methods, statistics, and study the cultural and biological aspects of human behavior. This degree will also develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication. The program will prepare students for various professions across many different fields from business to biology. Some coursework may be applied toward a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree by other institutions.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
ANT-101 General Anthropology

General Anthropology

ID: ANT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of physical and cultural anthropology. This course explores subfields of anthropology to examine primetology, human palentology, human variation, archeology and ethnology.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
ART-101 Art History and Appreciation

Art History and Appreciation

ID: ART-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.

3
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
PHI-101 Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

ID: PHI-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a topical survey of the three main branches of philosophy -- epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics -- and the contemporary questions related to these fields.

3
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

ID: SOC-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions.

3
HIS-104 World History I

World History I

ID: HIS-104

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers world history from prehistory to circa 1500 A.D., focusing on economic, social, political, and cultural aspects of people before the onset of western dominance and identifying major patterns and trends which characterized the world in each era.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
Semester 3
(15 Credit Hours)
ANT-202 Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

ID: ANT-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics.

3
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

3
REL-101 Intro. to Religion

Intro. to Religion

ID: REL-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of religion and the nature of religious belief and practice.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
PSC-205 Politics and Government

Politics and Government

ID: PSC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the concepts and problems involved in man's relationships with governments and political change. This course emphasizes comparative institutions of government, analysis of political behavior, and political ideology.

3
Semester 4
(17 Credit Hours)
ANT-203 Physical Anthropology and Archaeology

Physical Anthropology and Archaeology

ID: ANT-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration of human origins, human evolution, human prehistory, and cultural existence from its less complex forms to early civilizations. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of physical, biological, and archaeological anthropology.

3
BIO-205 Ecology

Ecology

ID: BIO-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces basic principles of population biology, ecology, and environmental science as applied to the study of the interactions between human kind and the biosphere.

3
BIO-206 Ecology Lab

Ecology Lab

ID: BIO-206

Credit Hours: 1

This ecology laboratory experience consists of discussions, demonstrations, experiments, films, and field trips pertaining to the relationships of man to the biosphere, human ecology, resource use, and environmental impact.

1
ECO-201 Economics Concepts

Economics Concepts

ID: ECO-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of micro- and macro-economic concepts and selected economic problems. Topics include the economizing problem and opportunity cost, operation of product and factor markets and the mechanics of pricing, production costs and profit maximizing behavior of business firms, short run instability and long run economics growth, fiscal policy and budget deficits, AD-AS Model, money and monetary policy, and international trade.

3
SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

Elementary Spanish I

ID: SPA-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including an introduction to the Hispanic cultures.

4
PSY-203 Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

ID: PSY-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the physical, cognitive, and social factors affecting human growth, development, and potential.

3
      Total Credit Hours 62
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,656.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Credits
Semester 1
(6 Credit Hours)
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
Semester 2
(9 Credit Hours)
ANT-101 General Anthropology

General Anthropology

ID: ANT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of physical and cultural anthropology. This course explores subfields of anthropology to examine primetology, human palentology, human variation, archeology and ethnology.

3
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
ART-101 Art History and Appreciation

Art History and Appreciation

ID: ART-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
PHI-101 Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

ID: PHI-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a topical survey of the three main branches of philosophy -- epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics -- and the contemporary questions related to these fields.

3
Semester 4
(9 Credit Hours)
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

ID: SOC-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts and principles of sociology, including culture, socialization, interaction, social groups and stratification, effects of population growth, and technology in society and social institutions.

3
HIS-104 World History I

World History I

ID: HIS-104

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers world history from prehistory to circa 1500 A.D., focusing on economic, social, political, and cultural aspects of people before the onset of western dominance and identifying major patterns and trends which characterized the world in each era.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
Semester 5
(9 Credit Hours)
ANT-202 Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

ID: ANT-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics.

3
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

3
REL-101 Intro. to Religion

Intro. to Religion

ID: REL-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of religion and the nature of religious belief and practice.

3
Semester 6
(6 Credit Hours)
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
PSC-205 Politics and Government

Politics and Government

ID: PSC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the concepts and problems involved in man's relationships with governments and political change. This course emphasizes comparative institutions of government, analysis of political behavior, and political ideology.

3
Semester 7
(7 Credit Hours)
ANT-203 Physical Anthropology and Archaeology

Physical Anthropology and Archaeology

ID: ANT-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration of human origins, human evolution, human prehistory, and cultural existence from its less complex forms to early civilizations. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of physical, biological, and archaeological anthropology.

3
BIO-205 Ecology

Ecology

ID: BIO-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces basic principles of population biology, ecology, and environmental science as applied to the study of the interactions between human kind and the biosphere.

3
BIO-206 Ecology Lab

Ecology Lab

ID: BIO-206

Credit Hours: 1

This ecology laboratory experience consists of discussions, demonstrations, experiments, films, and field trips pertaining to the relationships of man to the biosphere, human ecology, resource use, and environmental impact.

1
Semester 8
(10 Credit Hours)
ECO-201 Economics Concepts

Economics Concepts

ID: ECO-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of micro- and macro-economic concepts and selected economic problems. Topics include the economizing problem and opportunity cost, operation of product and factor markets and the mechanics of pricing, production costs and profit maximizing behavior of business firms, short run instability and long run economics growth, fiscal policy and budget deficits, AD-AS Model, money and monetary policy, and international trade.

3
SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

Elementary Spanish I

ID: SPA-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including an introduction to the Hispanic cultures.

4
PSY-203 Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

ID: PSY-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the physical, cognitive, and social factors affecting human growth, development, and potential.

3
      Total Credit Hours 62
      Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,656.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Archaeologist

Archaeologists study past human behavior by excavating, dating and interpreting material remains from sites of prehistorical and historical interest. They carry out and manage excavation projects, preserve archaeological remains, and collect data that informs our understanding of the past. Archaeologists are employed by a variety of different employers such as state and federal agencies and private cultural resource management firms.

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • National, State, and Local Park Services

Careers

Ethnographer

Ethnographers look at living people’s ideas, values, and viewpoints by observing daily rounds or the day-to-day activities of individuals within communities. Ethnographers attempt to understand human behavior in the context of all of humanity. Ethnographic research is conducted in small remote cultures as well as in small subunits of larger, more complex cultures. Ethnographers are employed by a variety of different employers including international business corporations and non-governmental organizations.

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Government Agencies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

University of South Carolina: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
After completing an Associates of Arts with an anthropology focus at Midlands Technical College, students can transfer to the University of South Carolina to continue their studies in anthropology. At UofSC, students will have the opportunity to conduct research and fieldwork locally and abroad. The interdisciplinary approach to cultural, prehistoric and historic, linguistic, and biological anthropology helps teach cultural and biological diversity. Anthropology graduates work in a variety of fields such as business, museum curation, and health-related professions.

Coastal Carolina University: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Geography
After completing an Associate of Arts degree with an anthropology focus at Midlands Technical College, students can transfer to Coastal Carolina University. Beginning with foundational courses in world regional geography, cultural anthropology, and human evolution, the B.A. at Coastal Carolina University in anthropology and geography includes in-depth consideration of the way humans interact with the world around them, past and present. The program promotes effective writing, critical thinking, and fundamental research skills. Courses provide an integrated perspective that includes the technological and analytical tools needed for careers in cultural heritage, resource management, sustainability, planning, and globalization.

College of Charleston: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Archaeology
After completing an Associate of Arts degree with an anthropology focus at Midlands Technical College, students can transfer to the College of Charleston. CofC’s programs offer majors the opportunity to study in each subfield of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology). Students learn what each subfield entails and how each interacts with the others. Graduates from the College of Charleston are prepared to work in academia, the corporate world, or just about any realm of the field.