Associate of Arts Anthropology

Associate Degree
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LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Intersession 2023 - Spring 2024
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Anthropology is the study of humanity throughout time. Anthropology is closely interconnected with other disciplines in the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities in order to understand human behaviours and cultures. Students who study anthropology are curious about other cultures and are inquisitive about their own place in society. Anthropology students gain a broad knowledge of other cultures past and present as well as develop skills in observation, analysis, research, critical thinking, writing, and working with people from different cultures. Anthropology students can choose to continue past their time at CNC to earn a degree in one of anthropology’s four subfields: archaeology, biological/physical, linguistic, or socio-cultural.

Careers and Opportunities:

Anthropology students are sought after for their cultural awareness and understanding of human diversity, research and analysis skills, and their communications skills. A background in anthropology is a strong foundation for a wide range of eventual careers, including:

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Ethnographer
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Heritage Preservation Officer
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Medical Anthropologist
  • Museum Curator / Technician
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Research Consultant
  • Social Service Worker (government and non-governmental agencies)
  • Teacher / Professor

Graduates may also continue their education in diversity studies, education, gender and sexuality studies, history, or specific fields within anthropology.

Associate degrees from CNC transfer into university programs and give you preferential admission at public universities and university-colleges in BC. (Consult the British Columbia Transfer Guide and check with CNC advisors to verify transferability of credits.)

What You Will Learn:

Anthropology teaches students:

  • How to take a holistic approach to the study of people
  • How to understand human interactions more deeply
  • How to interpret social and cultural events
  • How to conduct ethical research
  • Cultural awareness
  • Cultural relativistic thinking
  • Persuasive writing and communication
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Accurate observation and interpretation of information
  • How to understand ethical issues

Anthropologists appreciate all peoples and their cultures and discourage judgments of cultural superiority or inferiority. Thus, students will be introduced to a wide range of cultures from around the world.

CNC’s Associate of Arts degree with an anthropology concentration includes courses focused on Aboriginal peoples in the CNC region.

Associate of Arts Anthropology Courses

Anthropology is the study of humans, both past and present. It draws on and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences. There are four main subfields: Physical/Biological, Linguistic, Socio-cultural, and Archaeology.

Required Courses

ANTH-101 Intro to Socio-Cultural Anthro 3 15 weeks
ANTH-102 Physical Anthro. & Archaeology 3 15 weeks
ANTH-215 Qualitative Methods 3 15 weeks
ANTH-225 Intro. to Human Prehistory 3 15 weeks
ENGL-103 Composition & Style 3 15 weeks


6 additional credits 200-level ANTH 
3 credits of 200-level Philosophy (PHIL 235 is recommended)
6 credits of 100-level Aboriginal Studies (ABST 100 and 101 recommended)
6 credits of Social Sciences or Humanities, including 3 credits of Sociology (SOC 101 recommended)
9 credits of 100-level or higher university studies courses
3 credits of 200-level Arts

English Requirement

3 additional credits 100-level university studies ENGL

Math Requirement

3 credits of university studies MATH or CSC or Statistics
Note: MATH 104, or PSYC 201 are recommended

Science Electives

6 credits of BIO, CHEM, GEOG (201 or 201 only), or PHYS
Note: One 3 credit science must be included a two hour or longer supervised practice. (BIO 104 is recommended)




Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for an ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE, a student must have:

1. Completed 60 semester credits of courses that have articulated assigned or unassigned university transfer credit at the 100-level or higher;

2. Completed at least 30 of these 60 semester credits at the College of New Caledonia; of which, at least 12 credits have assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200 level.

3. Completed at least 6 semester credits in courses that have assigned or unassigned university transfer credit at the 100-level in English;

4. Completed 36 credits in Arts courses which shall include:
a) Six (6) credits in the Social Sciences
b) Six (6) credits in Humanities including Creative and Performing Arts other than English.

5. Completed at least 18 semester credits in Arts courses that have assigned or unassigned university transfer credit at the 200-level or higher; these credits must be in at least two different subject areas;

6. Completed 9 credits in Science which shall include at least:

  • Three (3) credits in Mathematics or Computing Science or Statistics (Statistics courses taught in subject areas such as Business, Commerce, Economics, Psychology, etc. may also be used to meet this requirement)
  • Three (3) credits in a laboratory science (must include a lab of at least 2 hours);

7. Completed at least 9 semester credits in courses that have assigned or unassigned transfer
credit at the 100-level or higher in Arts, Science, or other areas;

8. Achieved a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 calculated on all courses
counting towards the Associate Degree;

9. Transfer Credits: Up to 30 transfer credits, assigned or unassigned will be accepted for Associate Degrees;

10. No course can be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements.

*Note: Students are advised to consult with an advisor in order to determine specific courserequirements for entry to a particular university degree.


Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Intersession 2023 Prince George In Class 2 years
Spring 2024 Prince George In Class 2 years

Entry Requirements 

You’ll need one of the following:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 (with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples)
  • ABE/CCP Advanced Certificate
  • GED Certificate
  • Completion of Grade 11 with an outstanding academic record in the year of application.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Open admission

Any program of study that does not have a selective admission process or fixed capacity and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

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