About the Program
Welcome to Foothill Anthropology!
We are an informative, exciting, and challenging science that should be part of every global citizen's education. Find out what Anthropologists do.
Local Field School is happening
Winter 2024 Lab Season (Anth 17L)
Spring 2024 Field Season
Summer - 2 Week July Field School!
Here is the link to our local California Field School on Fridays
Summer field programs (July-August)
Link for 2024 Hawai'i Program (August 1-21)
Link for 2024 Ireland Program (6/21-8/1) Not through Foothill
Link for 2024 Ecuador Program (hiatus)
A Broad Global Understanding
Anthropology, the science of humankind, explores what it means to be human from the broadest possible perspective. An anthropological perspective is essential to thriving personally and professionally in our 21st century globalized world.
Because of its study of culture and human behavior, anthropology is a social science; in its study of human physical traits, anthropology is a biological science.
To investigate human behavior, anthropologists collect and analyze data from every type of society, past and present. From this wide perspective, anthropology helps us understand other peoples and thereby enables us to better understand ourselves.
Anthropology at Foothill
with amazing faculty,
a diverse array of classes,
summer field programs in California, Ecuador, Ireland and Hawai‘i,
that shares your passion for research and discovery.
Ballintober castle where we are excavating in County Roscommon, Ireland
Kaloko Fishpond on the Island of Hawaii
Restoration of the fishpond
Explore our Center for Applied Anthropology
Room 3102 houses our Center for Applied Anthropology where students meet to design and carry out research projects aimed at helping the wider community. Check out the website. Come inside and say hello when the door is open.
A vision of archaeology by Foothill student Leela Salim
Degrees & Certificates
View the list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select a program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.
For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.
Note: Certificates of Proficiency and Career Certificates are non-transcriptable and consist of 13-35 units. These certificates are designed as a career advancement tool. Courses focus on practical knowledge and skill development.
Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
Associate in Arts Degree
Certificate of Proficiency
View academic catalog for Anthropology certificate of proficiency requirements.
We offer a broad range of anthropology courses in all four fields: Physical (Biological) Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistic Anthropology, as well as a number of courses in Applied Anthropology (including Forensics, Medical Anthropolog and Archaeology Field and Lab Methods).
See our course catalog for detailed descriptions.
See schedule of classes for courses offered this and upcoming term.
In the Classroom
The Department of Anthropology at Foothill College turns the traditional classroom inside out by emphasizing experiential learning.
We offer an excellent range of courses that expose students to all facets of anthropology, including cultural anthropology, archaeology, human evolution, forensics, linguistics, medical anthropology, magic and religion, lost civilizations, and modern and ancient cultures of California and the world.
Tutoring now available for all classes!
The drop-in tutoring hours for Anthropology students for Winter quarter. On campus - STEM Success Center in Building 4200, Room 4213. Online Zoom Room - use "Foothill Tutoring" link on your class site
Studying in Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is the hub of global technology change and its people are in the business of redefining traditional cultural barriers with technology.
As the world increasingly becomes integrated it is important that we understand ourselves and others from an anthropological perspective. Employers look to see that you have developed the tools necessary to compete in the world today. You are the next generation of anthropology students, those that understand the new world in which we live and use that knowledge to improve our way of life.
The number one thing that students are asked coming out of an anthropology course, is "What are you going to do with that degree?" The answers are limitless.
28% Projected employment growth for anthropologists
What can you do with a degree in anthropology?
- User Experience Researcher
- Field Archaeologist
- Laboratory Assistant
- UX Researcher
- Museum Technician
- Community Development Specialist
Applied Anthropology in the Community
Our faculty and students are actively conducting research and learning about social science research methods in the community.
Applied anthropology is the process of doing anthropology to serve the public.
A critically important aspect of the student experience at Foothill Anthropology has been to use the much needed anthropological perspective as a way to inform people about their world.
Community outreach and K-12 education has been a hallmark of our recent work. Our Anthropology in Action program has begun to connect with local grade schools and we are working to develop many new avenues for integrating with the community, such as working with local businesses to improve cultural competence and joining with public health institutions to improve their understanding of medical anthropology.
Additional Information Links
- Ireland Program: Castles in Communities (Facebook)
- Website for Ireland Program: Castles in Communities (Google Sites)
Division Office Contacts