Bellevue College - Bellevue, WA

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Anthropology is the broadest and most diverse of the Social Sciences, covering the study of humans and our ancestors at all times and all places around the globe. The Anthropology Department offers a wide variety of courses, covering the four fields of the discipline and has dynamic experts in each of these fields: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Archaeologists dig into ancient cultural diversity by recovering and analyzing the material remains of prehistoric and modern societies. By reconstructing past lifeways and constructing culture histories, archaeologists are able to explain the dynamics and evolution of cultural systems. Biological (Physical) anthropologists investigate the biological diversity, behavior, and evolution of humans and other primates (such as lemurs, howler monkeys, baboons, and chimpanzees). Cultural anthropologists discover the unique and universal aspects of contemporary cultures by living with the people under study. They travel to all corners of the globe in order to understand the full range of modern cultural diversity. Linguists examine languages from around the world, as well as other forms of communication of humans and other primates. Major topics researched by linguists include the history and origins of languages, the structure of language, how language relates to social aspects (such as race, class, age, and gender), and language and cognition. All four fields of anthropology are characterized by first-hand observation, or fieldwork. The fieldwork experience is recreated in the college classroom, with hands-on opportunities for students to appreciate what itÕs like to be an anthropologist. If you are interested in exploring what anthropology is all about, enroll in ANTH& 100, Survey of Anthropology, an introduction to the four fields. Or take a class that will provide you with particular knowledge about one of the exciting fields. Most of our classes are offered on campus, on-line, and in a hybrid mode.

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ANTH& 204

ANTH 106 Great Discoveries in Archaeology
ANTH 209 Ancient North America
ANTH 211 The Incas & Their Ancestors
ANTH 212 Aztecs, Mayas, & Their Ancestors


ANTH& 205
Biological Anthropology (Science credit) OR
ANTH& 215
Bioanthropology with Lab
(Lab Science credit)

ANTH& 235 Cross-Cultural Medicine
ANTH& 236 Anthropological Forensics


ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 108 Food, Drink, & Culture
ANTH 180 American Life & Culture
ANTH 220 Sex, Gender, & Culture
ANTH 222 Environment & Culture
ANTH 230 REEL Culture
ANTH& 234 Religion & Culture


ANTH 208
Language, Culture, & Society
(Social Science or Humanities credit)

The majority of anthropology courses provide credits that fulfill the Social Science distribution requirement for the collegeÕs degree programs, but a few of our offerings fulfill the Humanities requirement (ANTH 180; ANTH 208), or a Science (ANTH& 205) or Lab Science (ANTH& 215) requirement. All courses are transferable to Washington state four-year institutions.

In addition to the AAS degree, students may elect to earn a CONCENTRATION IN ANTHROPOLOGY by successfully completing 20 credits in four required core courses (ANTH& 204, ANTH& 206, ANTH 208, ANTH& 215) that reflect the broad range of the discipline. Faculty experts in each of the four fields provide active learning experiences, combining classroom and fieldwork components.

All BC students are welcome to join the ÒWeird Anthropology ClubÓ to further explore fascinating issues and multiple ways of being human that are not considered in other forums. More information is available by contacting the club advisor, Tony Tessandori (

To plan your anthropology courses for forthcoming quarters, visit the BC online Class Schedule or the Distance Education Website for information about the distance program and our online class offerings. For more information about the Anthropology classes, distribution requirements, and special topics, please consult the BC Course Catalog. Additional information about the department can be obtained on this website, or by contacting the Department Chair, Tony Tessandori (