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What is anthropology?
Anthropology is the study, from multiple perspectives, of humanity's origins, development, activities, and experiences, throughout time and throughout the world. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches, anthropologists seek answers to such questions as: What does it mean to be human? How have humans developed over the course of time? What human universals can be identified, and what is the range of human diversity, both physical and cultural? How do people interact with their physical and social environments? How and to what extent does being a speaker of a particular language or languages affect the ways in which one perceives and experiences the world? How do historical, social, cultural, politico-economic, and ecological factors shape the lives of particular groups of people, and of particular individuals within those groups?
Anthropology comprises four subdisciplines, all of which are well represented at Temple: archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology. We also offer specialized courses and training in anthropology of visual communication (which draws primarily on linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology).
Undergraduate majors in anthropology pursue one of three courses of study: General Anthropology, the Human Biology track, or the Anthropology of Visual Communication track. Laboratory facilities, internships, fieldwork and experiential learning courses provide students with practical experiences in all of anthropology’s subdisciplines. A minor is also available in General Anthropology and in Anthropology of Visual Communication.
For further information
More detailed information about the undergraduate program can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
For a listing of all undergraduate-level courses offered by the Department of Anthropology:
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Students who are interested in the General Anthropology major, the Human Biology track, or the Anthropology of Visual Communication track should contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Charles Weitz, at 215-204-7330 or email@example.com.