Apr 23, 2024  
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Anthropology, Associate of Arts

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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)


Anthropology is the scientific study of human beings, both past and present, in all parts of the world. Anthropology has traditionally been divided into four distinct, but interrelated sub-disciplines or fields: Biological/Physical Anthropology; Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology; and Linguistic Anthropology. Applied anthropology applies the concepts, methods, and skills of anthropologists in solving community problems.

This two-year program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts in Anthropology from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from a 4-year college or university.

Educational Option Information

This educational option is an

  • Associate of Arts Degree.

This educational option can be completed

  • Part-Time or Full-Time.

This educational option can be started

  • Any term.

Primary course location

  • Any CNM Campus.

Special Requirements

Students are expected to purchase textbooks and personal safety equipment for Archeology lab.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career and Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

An Associate Degree is an important milestone for students pursuing either a baccalaureate degree or a graduate degree in the field. Core requirements for the baccalaureate are met through completion of the CNM Associate of Arts degree.

Students planning to transfer to UNM should keep in mind that the UNM Anthropology program offers four concentrations of study: Archaeology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Ethnology, and Linguistic Anthropology. Refer to the Student Handbook from the UNM Department of Anthropology. Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. College catalogs are generally available online.

Many of our courses are transferable to four-year degree programs, and CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.

Employment Information

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by placement exam scores  or specific course work.

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4


Associate of Arts in Anthropology 60-61 credit hours

This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to major in Anthropology. Specific requirements for transfer will vary from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the four year transfer school to confirm specific admission and degree requirements.

Please consult the UNM Anthropology Department’s Major Study Requirements to choose CNM courses according to your intended concentration at UNM.

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