Department Chair and Faculty Advisor for
Dr. Erin Hayes
Faculty Advisor for
Dr. Brian Pierson
Faculty Advisor for
Adrian Youhanna, GISP
Jason Finley, Ph.D., CCM, GISP
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT PIERCE COLLEGE
The first class in anthropology at Pierce College was taught in 1956 by Richard “Doc” Tullar, one of the founding faculty members of the college. Doc taught zoology, but he had an interest in physical anthropology. Physical Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology were added to the catalog.
The Anthropology Curriculum
Physical Anthropology (Anthropology 101-Human Biological Evolution) is the course that receives the greatest enrollment because it fulfills the general education requirement in the biological sciences. Over the years we have developed an anthropology collection consisting of human and primate skeletal material, fossil casts, archaeological material, and much more to use in teaching this class. The other course that fits into this category is Anthropology 119, Introduction to Forensic Anthropology.
The largest field is cultural anthropology that fulfills both social science and humanities general education requirements. The courses that fall into this category are Anthropology 102 (Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology), Anthropology 109 (Gender, Sex and Culture), Anthropology 121 (Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft), Anthropology 132 (Native Peoples of North America), and Anthropology 141 (Culture, Illness and Healing).
Anthropology is an active participant in the PACE program. Anthropology 101 and 102 are routinely offered. Anthropology 101, 102, and 121 are frequently given as honors classes. We are also active in the Oasis/Encore program participating in the faculty lecture series each semester.
The anthropology program at Pierce College continues to be robust one and one of the largest community college anthropology programs in the nation. The faculty is very active in the community college anthropology community, and frequently attends on a regular basis annual meetings of the American Anthropology Association and the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.