Prof. Renee Garcia |

Department of Anthropology






Anthropology is a diverse and comprehensive discipline that investigates the biological and cultural life of human beings in all times and in all places. An anthropology degree provides students with an appreciation of other ways of life, different systems of belief, and different ways of constructing knowledge, and perhaps most importantly, a better understanding of the world in which they live. The department of anthropology at Saddleback College is committed to teaching each of the four sub-fields of the discipline: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. The department also has a strong emphasis on the study of contemporary issues such as ethnic and transnational identity, political conflict, and social movements, human and indigenous rights, the cross-cultural making and meaning of race and gender, and the anthropological study of science. Saddleback College offers a wide range of anthropology courses taught both traditionally and online.

Why Major in Anthropology?

What do authors Michael Crichton, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Zora Neale Hurston, actors, Gabriel Byrne, Meryl Streep, and Tia Leone, singers Mick Jagger and Tracey Chapman and Barnes and Noble founder Steve Riggio have in common? They all majored in anthropology!
Majoring in anthropology can prepare students for a wide variety of occupations and careers. Students with a degree in anthropology have found employment in non –governmental organizations; museums; cultural resource management firms; government agencies; health care organizations; local, national and international businesses; and as translators, social workers, journalists, and teachers. In addition, an anthropology major is excellent preparation for students seeking advanced professional degrees in such areas as business law, or who plan to pursue graduate education in anthropology.