Anthropology - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in anthropology is designed for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and work in fields such as public service, conservation and heritage management, museum studies, and social work. Those completing graduate degrees may work in anthropology, law, public health, medicine, science, or education.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:

Arts & Letters

  1. Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
  2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

Cultural Literacy

  1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.


  1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.


  1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
  2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

Science or Computer Science

  1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
  2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
  3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

  1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
  2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
  3. Build and manage relationships.

Writing and Information Literacy

  1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
  2. Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
  3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline Studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose at least three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose at least four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose at least four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Recommend: ANTH 234
General Electives39
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

In general, very few bachelor’s degrees in anthropology have specific science requirements. However, if the interest is primarily archaeological, then geology would fulfill lab requirements. If the interest is primarily in biological anthropology, then it is recommended to select the biology sequence or the human anatomy and physiology sequence.

In choosing electives, consider two years of a world language since many bachelor of art degrees (including many anthropology programs) require two years or equivalent of a world language. Some anthropology degrees may also require an upper-division statistics course. Taking MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I and MTH 244 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 2 is good preparation for the upper-division requirement. Either of these could count toward the non-lab requirement in the science/math/computer science general education requirement.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Oral Communication:3-4
MTH 105Math in Society4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend ANTH 102)4
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix) 13
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend ANTH 103)4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend ANTH 234)4
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend ANTH 240)4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
 Total Credits90-101

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