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The anthropology program at Centralia College is designed for students wishing to transfer to a four-year college or university. Students pursuing the Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Anthropology at Centralia College will receive state-of-the-art instruction in all four fields of anthropology cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. In surpassing strict national curriculum standards, students receive unparalleled instruction and insight into human diversity, both biological and culturally, as well as human societies past and present around the globe.

In addition to preparing students for a wide-range of professions which benefit from an international perspective and a cross-cultural understanding of peoples of the world, including education, health care, communications, travel, the arts and business, the anthropology program at Centralia College also prepares students for further study and employment in other related fields to anthropology; such as genetics, primatology, evolutionary biology, and prehistory. For additional information concerning the anthropology major feel free to consult the Centralia College Campus Anthropologist/ Anthropology Faculty Advisor, Tobias R. Avalos, PhD.

Dr. Avalos received his Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. In addition to having taught anthropology for over a decade nationally and internationally at various institutions of higher education, he brings a host of global anthropological experiences and perspective to his courses, least of which are his discoveries of Homo erectus fossils in Africa and Asia.

Anthropology Courses

  • Anthropology 100 (ANTH& 100)
    Survey of Anthroplogy

    Participate in a four-field approach to the study of the diversity of humans and human cultures past and present around the globe. Gain a privileged view of the traditional subfields of anthropology : cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology. archaeology, and anthropological linguistics.

  • Anthropology 206 (ANTH&206)
    Cultural Anthropology

    Explore the whole of the human social and cultural world by means of investigating other peoples' beliefs and behaviors. Through a cross-cultural perspective we attempt to understand others in order to better learn about ourselves.

  • Anthropology 205 and 215 (ANTH& 205, ANTH& 215)
    Biological Anthropology

    Biological Anthropology ANTH&215 and ANTH&205 (online) are both 5 credit-hour natural science courses that explore human biological evolution and adaptation through the study of the history of evolutionary theory, the primate and hominin fossil record, and comparisons of human and non-human primate morphology, genetics, and behavior. The biological basis of life (DNA) will be discussed as it pertains to heredity, evolution, and adaptation. Included will be an overview of the scientific method and subfields of anthropology as well as modern human biological variation and culture.

    ANTH&215 - Credits: 5 Hours: (4 Lecture/1 Lab/0 Clinical/0 Field experience), Prerequisites: none; Corequisites: none; Natural Sciences).

    *ANTH&205 (Online) - Credits: 5 Hours: (5 Lecture/0 Lab/0 Clinical/0 Field experience), Prerequisites: none; Corequisites: none; Natural Sciences).

    *Note that the online course offering for biological anthropology (ANTH&205) has no lab component and counts for 5 lecture credits in the natural sciences exclusively (0 lab credit).

  • Anthropology 210 (ANTH& 210)
    Native Cultures of North America

    Investigate the wide and varied cultural systems of beliefs, behaviors and technology practiced by traditional North American Indian peoples. Learn about such topics as subsistence patterns, exchange and trading relationships, marriage and the family, political organization, the life cycle, and religion, belief and knowledge.

  • Anthropology 225
    Cultural Faces of Diversity

    Join in an examination of ethnicity, ethnic identity, and the cultural characteristics of established and more recent ethnic and social groups in North America as well as around the world. Achieve an understanding of the relationship between social organization and forms of social, economic, and political domination and subordination.

  • Anthropology 235
    Myth, Ritual, and Magic

    Experience the supernatural and religious beliefs of peoples and cultures past and present around the globe. Examine different modes of constructing "reality" and "belief" as well as their methods of ritual application in societies worldwide.


Tobias R. Avalos
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
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