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Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.

– Margaret Mead
Explore what it means to be human.

In our Anthropology courses you will study the physical, genetic, cultural, social and linguistic diversity of all humanity in the past and the present, at home, and around the world.

The Cypress College Anthropology Department offers a diversity of courses from the four traditional subfields of anthropology (physical/biological, cultural, archaeology and linguistics) and both an AA degree and an AA-T degree in Anthropology. We encourage you to check out our program and offerings in the current college catalog and class schedule.

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What You’ll Study
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaelogy
  • Comparative Cultures
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Human Prehistory and Ancient Civilizations
  • Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
  • Native North America
  • Anthropology of Death
  • Anthropology of Death for Mortuary Science
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Applied and Practicing Anthropology
  • Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America
  • Field Course in Archaeology

Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Anthropology.

Careers & Salary


  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Anthropology Teacher
  • Archeology Teacher
  • Manager


  • Low: $36k
  • Average: $98k
  • High: $208k

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What Students Say

“Professors Becky Floyd and Craig Goralski have been the two faculty members to get me on my way. After having already taken the basic courses in anthropology, Professor Floyd and Dr. Goralski were there to teach the two most important and difficult classes for my degree, Forensic Anthropology and Field Studies in Archaeology. These were the two classes I truly needed before I could move on to pursue higher education, an internship, or a job. Both have given me tremendous insight into their respective specialties while also providing sound advice as I continue my journey.”

Sarah Ormsby

“There are two faculty members that I would like to highlight: Professor Becky Floyd, to whom I owe my sincere gratitude for pushing me to continue my studies in the field of anthropology. She was my mentor and always open to helping to guide me through the choices of the field. She is a bright, energetic, and positive teacher and role model. Professor Craig Goralski, who made classes fun, educational, and interesting, but continued to be stern regarding completing assignments, reading the material, and being prepared for exams and quizzes. He also encouraged us to be more responsible and respectful about historical and contemporary cultures.”

Katherine Gendron

Adjunct Faculty
  • Giovanni Magginetti
  • Amanda Toth
  • Dia Vechayiem
  • Katie Zeoli
Anthropology Department

Location: Humanities Building, Room 238
T: (714) 484-7185
Department Chair: Craig Goralski,