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

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

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 121ZComposition I4
WR 122ZComposition II4
or WR 227Z 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
Recommend: 200-level language courses for students seeking Bachelor's of Arts 2
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
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable. 239
Total Credits90-106

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) are not to be duplicated


Students seeking to obtain a Bachelor's of Art must complete all foreign language through the 200 level (i.e., 203). 200 level foreign language courses count as an Arts and Letters requirement. 100-level foreign language courses count as electives and, depending on language placement, may be required.

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 STAT 243Z Elementary 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 Social Science (recommend ANTH 103)4
Elective (recommend starting foreign language sequence)4
MTH 105ZMath in Society4
WR 121ZComposition I4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend ANTH 102)4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science4
Elective (recommend continuing foreign language sequence)4
WR 122Z
Composition II
or Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science (recommend ANTH 234)4
Oral Communication:3-4
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Elective (recommend continuing foreign language sequence)4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend second year foreign language)4
Discipline Studies Social Science4
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix)3
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend second year foreign language)4
Discipline Studies Lab Science4-5
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend ANTH 240)4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science3-5
Elective (recommend second year foreign language)4
 Total Credits90-97

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