Anthropology Department

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Anthropology is a diverse and comprehensive discipline that investigates the biological and cultural life of human beings across time and space. An anthropology degree provides students with an appreciation of other ways of life and 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: archeology, 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 rights 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.

Career Choices for Anthropology Majors

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, and local 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 or law, or who plan to pursue graduate education in anthropology.

For more information about anthropology careers, visit the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Careers in Anthropology webpage.


Full-Time Faculty

Claire Cesareo View profile information for Claire Cesareo website Claire Cesareo
Department Chair
Office BGS 305
(949) 582-4739

Renee Garcia View profile information for Renee Garcia website Renee Garcia
Office BGS 348
(949) 582-4832

Erica Vogel Ph.D. Erica Vogel Ph.D. redman
Office BGS 302
(949) 582-4384

Part-Time Faculty

Lindsay Donaldson View profile information for Claire Cesareo

Sandra Kennedy View profile information for Claire Cesareo

Ben Kerridge 

Melissa Medich View profile information for Claire Cesareo

Holly Pittaway View profile information for Claire Cesareo

Mark Zajac View profile information for Claire Cesareo

Katie Zeoli View profile information for Claire Cesareo



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is the study of human cultures, both past and present, through the analysis of material remains. It uses scientific methods to decipher how people, often with no written history, have lived and worked in the past.

Biological Anthropology

concentrates on the evolution, biology, and comparative behavior of human and non-human primates. It is linked to the other sub-fields by its commitment to the study of evolution and biology within the context of culture and society, as well as in relation to human rights issues.

Cultural Anthropology

is the study of contemporary cultures and peoples throughout the world. It seeks to understand the differences and similarities in human behavior, thought, and feelings.

Linguistic Anthropology

examines language in the context of human social and cultural diversity. It seeks to understand language variation and use as a central expression of culture.


Upon completion of an AA or AA-T degree in anthropology, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the breadth of anthropology and be able to characterize anthropology’s distinctive theoretical and methodological approaches with respect to other disciplines.
  2. Explain the fundamental processes of human biological evolution.
  3. Describe modern human biological diversity.
  4. Articulate an understanding of the cultural construction and historical uses of the concept of race.
  5. Define and critically analyze the concepts of culture and cultural relativism.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to think holistically and comparatively in describing human cultural diversity.
  7. Critically analyze the processes of globalization and its effects upon cultures around the world.
  8. Articulate an anthropological perspective in relation to contemporary issues and concerns, including the politics of inclusion and exclusion both locally and globally.
  9. Discuss the importance of the scientific method in anthropological research.
  10. Identify the correct methods and ethical responsibilities involved in conducting archeological, biological, ethnographic, and/or linguistic research.

Course Student Learning Outcomes for 2020-2021


Core Courses

  • ANTH 1 - Biological Anthropology (3 units) or
    ANTH 1H - Honors Biological Anthropology (3 units)
    ANTH 1L - Biological Anthropology Laboratory (1 unit)
  • ANTH 2 - Cultural Anthropology (3 units) or
    ANTH 2H - Honors Cultural Anthropology (3 units)
  • ANTH 3 - Culture and Language (3 units)
  • ANTH 9 - Introduction to Archaeology (3 units)


  • ANTH/ES 4 - Introduction to Native American Studies (3 units)
  • ANTH 5 - Anthropology of Latin America: Culture, Identity, and Power (3 units)
  • ANTH 6 - Global Issues in Anthropological Perspective (3 units)
  • ANTH 8 - World Prehistory (3 units)
  • ANTH 13 - Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (3 units)
  • ANTH 15 - The World of Primates (3 units)
  • ANTH 17 - The Biological Evolution of Human Nature (3 units)
  • ANTH 19 - Forensic Anthropology (3 units)
  • ANTH 21 - Women, Gender, and Culture: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 units)
  • ANTH 22 - Medical Anthropology (3 units)
  • ES 1 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 units)
  • ES 3 - Introduction to Chicanx and Latinx Studies (3 units)


A young chimpanzee resting in a treeStudent Anthropology Club
For information, contact Professor Claire CesareoProfessor Renee Garcia, or Professor Erica Vogel.

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"I was attracted to anthropology as the science that dares to be different. Anthropology considers the voices and perspectives of all humans on the planet in its pursuit of understanding the human condition."