DSST* Study Guide

General Anthropology

The only study guide that teaches you what you need to know to pass the General Anthropology exam (with no prior knowledge needed), and is constantly updated based on student feedback to guarantee you the best possible results.

About the DSST* Exam

The General Anthropology DSST exam covers the material that would typically be taught in an undergraduate college course on general anthropology. InstantCert's course for this subject offers a concise but thorough introduction to the main branches of anthropology and the theories and concepts associated with studying human organization and cultures.

Topics Covered in this Course

Anthropology as a Discipline - Branches and Methodologies
Physical anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Various Theoretical Perspectives
Cultural ecology
Cultural evolution
Cultural determinism
Physical Anthropology
Genetic principles
Adaptation, natural selection, variations
Living primates
Paleolithic and Mesolithic
Development of civilization and urban societies
Political Organization
Politics, political systems - bands, tribes, chiefdoms, states
Social control - customs, laws, war
Social Organization
Marriage and family patterns
Kinship and descent groups
Groups and associations
Social stratification
Economic Organization
Subsistence and settlement patterns
Formal and substantive approaches
Communal and private ownership of land, material and nonmaterial property
Reciprocity, redistribution, and market exchange
Production , allocation, use, and consumption of goods and services
Nature of Culture
Symbols and symbolic systems
Language, morphology, phonology
Society vs. culture
Cultural variation: universals and alternatives
Real vs. ideal culture
Cultural change - invention, diffusion, innovation
Cultural relativity, ethnocentrism
Etic and emic world views
The individual in culture
The arts
Religious institutions
Beliefs systems, world views
Religious practices and practitioners
Rites of passage
Modernization and Application of Anthropology
Applied anthropology
Cultural survival
Directed cultural change

Customer Test Results for this Exam

133 users submitted test results since June, 2008.
121 of those users reported a passing score (91%).

Below are ten of the most recent user-submitted test results. These are unfiltered, real results that were submitted by InstantCert students:

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Apr 20, 2024passed406
Mar 22, 2024passed421
Sep 1, 2023passed448
Aug 18, 2023passed435
Feb 22, 2023passed445
Nov 4, 2022passed413
Jun 23, 2022passed435
Dec 17, 2021passed445
Nov 18, 2021failed394
Oct 1, 2021passed419
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