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Anthropology

The Anthropology Program at Olympic College is designed to prepare a student for entrance into this field or industry.

Anthropology is the study of humankind in all places and at all times. It is a holistic discipline that is traditionally classified as a social science, but embraces the humanities and sciences as well. Anthropology in the United States is usually divided into four subfields: Archaeology, Cultural, Linguistics, and Biological (see Anthropology at OC for more information). Anthropology majors may find careers in lab work, archaeology, museums, research, government, business, education, media, etc.

OC students wishing to major in anthropology will find a variety of courses to choose from and to prepare them for transfer to a university. Whether students want to specialize in a particular subfield of anthropology or are interested in anthropology in general, they can tailor their anthropology classes at OC to fit their educational goals.

To minor in anthropology, OC students can combine anthropology with another field of study. Anthropology, because of its holistic approach and emphasis on understanding cultural meaning and context, fits well with many disciplines such as health care, law, government, social work, business, banking, advertising/media, engineering, biology, environmental studies, psychology, art, education, etc.

Other majors and disciplines may require or encourage students to take anthropology courses. For example, nursing, dental hygiene, lab technician, and education majors are typically required to take cultural anthropology as a prerequisite for their programs. Education majors will also find linguistic anthropology beneficial. Students majoring in biology or other sciences frequently take biological anthropology to supplement their understanding of the natural world. And geology majors often find archaeology complementary to their major.

OC has an anthropology classroom that is used for both lectures and labs. It is located on the northwest corner of theHumanities and Student Servicesbuilding, HSS 224. The anthropology program also owns a variety of materials for hands on experience in anthropology. These materials include a number of fossil replicas and tool kits.


Scheduled to begin in Summer Quarter 2015, OC will offer an Archaeological Field School, training students in field techniques and analysis. The field site will be the historic Yama community.  Located on Bainbridge Island, Yama was occupied from approximately 1880 to the early 1920s.  This Japanese village contained approximately 50 homes and 300 people.  The residents worked at the Port Blakely Mill along with other neighboring immigrant communities.  Yama is of national significance and represents one of the best preserved historic Japanese communities in the Pacific Northwest.

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Last reviewed/updated on: 8/14/2015