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What will I learn?

What makes us human? Find out when you study contemporary cultures and the evolution of our biological makeup under the five subfields of anthropology. Our credentialed professors will work alongside you as you explore the latest developments in:

  • cultural anthropology
  • biological anthropology
  • archaeology
  • linguistics
  • medical anthropology

If you’d like to move beyond our introductory courses and continue your studies of human diversity, gender studies, qualitative and quantitative research, or health and human service improvement, then consider majoring or earning a minor in anthropology.

And if the supernatural and paranormal pique your interest, we’ve got those classes, too.

Why JCCC?

Our faculty are engaged in ongoing research – you’ll learn about topics they are investigating and more as you:

  • Get on-site fieldwork experience – common for advanced students, rare for undergrads.
  • Enjoy small classes – start a discussion about your interests and find out what others think.
  • Examine our extensive artifact collection – learn about the past and grasp the scope of diversity.
  • Experience the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art’s renowned modern American Indian Art Collection – JCCC hosts the area’s most extensive collection and it’s used for classroom learning.
  • Participate in hosting a Health and Wellness PowWow – get real-world experience interacting with members of area American Indian tribes.
  • Collect data using archeological methods – uncover and understand the prehistory of the Kansas City area while working at a dig site near Longview Lake.
  • Consider applying for an Honors Program contract – you’ll get a deeper learning experience and it looks great on your transfer application and résumé.

During lectures, you’ll learn about the ways of life, languages and health of people in many parts of the world. You can also apply for an internship with JCCC’s Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS) to gain hands-on work experience.

Travel to South Dakota as part of a service-learning field study sponsored by CAIS. If you want to major in a healthcare field and are interested in working with American Indians, this experiential trip could impact your future goals. JCCC partners with the Center for American Indian Community Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. You’ll get firsthand experience educating reservation residents about health and wellness. 

Ready to take the next step? Apply now

The courses you take at JCCC cover the same material at the same level of rigor as at four-year schools. Meet your general education requirements or build a strong foundation in anthropological principles before moving on to your specialized field of study. You’ll get seamless transfer credits from two courses (ANTH 125 and ANTH 165) at Kansas Board of Regents schools.

JCCC also works with area colleges to develop transfer program guides. Make an appointment with an academic counselor who specializes in this area to develop your enrollment plan.

Anthropologists are valued in any industry that is related to human society — governments, nonprofits, corporations, and businesses from retail to technology. Anthropologists also work in disaster areas, such as ground zero in New York City and the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Four main career paths for anthropologists are:

  1. Academic ­– teaching, researching and writing books in medicine, public health, ethnic studies, linguistics, ecology
  2. Corporate and business ­– conducting market research and focus groups, studying consumer patterns
  3. Government – planning, researching and managing government-funded projects in international development, natural resource management and security sectors
  4. Nonprofit and community-based – working in local, community-based settings like the YMCA, local schools or environmental organizations

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.