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Anthropology

General Anthropology
Human Biology Track
Visual Anthropology Track


Charles Weitz, Chair
weitz@temple.edu
Michael Stewart, Undergraduate Chair and Faculty Adviser
schurch@ushwy1.com
215-204-6188
Anthropology Department Website
http://www.temple.edu/anthro

Anthropology is the study of human origins, development, and diversity. Anthropologists explore the ways in which people understand and adapt to living in a variety of settings, ranging from urban environments to rural villages all over the world and across time. Anthropologists are interested in investigating such questions as: What does it mean to be human? What are the historical, social, political, economic and environmental pressures that have helped shape the experiences of particular groups of people? How do human beings interact with the physical environment? Does the language that one speaks affect the ways in which one thinks and experiences the world? Anthropology includes four broad sub-fields, all of which are well represented at Temple University: Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology.

Undergraduate majors in Anthropology pursue one of three courses of study: General Anthropology, the Human Biology Track, or the Visual Anthropology track. Laboratory facilities, internships, fieldwork and experiential learning courses provide students with practical experiences in all of Anthropology’s sub-fields. A minor can be taken in General Anthropology or in Visual Anthropology.


General Anthropology

The general anthropology major is intended to give students a foundation in all of the four sub-fields associated with the discipline of anthropology. Each of the sub-fields requires the development of a number of skills including formulating hypotheses, developing research programs and proposals, applying theories to the interpretation of data, including artifacts, and gathering ethnographic information through participant-observation. There is sufficient flexibility in the requirements for the general anthropology major that a student can focus their coursework, if desired, one any one of the four sub-fields.

With its focus on human diversity and its emphasis on cultural relativism, the general anthropology major prepares students well for the issues they are likely to encounter in today's workplaces. At Temple, we offer a number of courses on such topics as the Anthropology of Policy, Medical Anthropology and Urban Anthropology, which prepare students for careers in: public administration, social work, health policy, urban planning and other aspects of public policy-related work, in addition to professional careers in fields such as business, law and medicine. Anthropology students are also well-prepared to participate in activities which call for cultural sensitivity and an understanding of cultural differences such as the teaching of English as a foreign language and other work with immigrant communities or work in the global marketplace. A variety of courses on archaeology prepare students for careers in the field of cultural resources management and historic preservation.

Interested students can contact faculty advisers, Dr. Susan Hyatt, susan.hyatt@temple.edu, 215-204-7553, or Dr. Michael Stewart, schurch@ushwy1.com (please note the numeral “1” in the email address), 215-204-6188, for further information. A brochure describing the General Anthropology major can be obtained in the Anthropology Department, room 209, Gladfelter Hall.

Major Requirements- General Anthropology

Required Courses

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

Pick One (1):        
Introductory Anthropology RO60 A Four-Field Integrated Approach to Race and Racism 3 IN/RS
  CO61/H091 Cultures of the World 3 IS
  CO64 American Culture 3 AC
  CO65 Origins of Cultural Diversity 3 IS
  HO90 Cultures of the World 3 IS
Subtotal       3
Fundamentals - All:        
Anthropology W120 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 3 WI
  0124 Fundamentals of Archaeology 3  
  0125 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology 4  
  0127

Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology

3  
Subtotal     13  
Pick One (1):*        
Anthropology Methods 0205 Heritage Management in Archaeology 3  
  0306 Linguistic Field Methods 3  
  0307 Theory and Methods in Linguistics 3  
  0308 Research in Visual Anthropology 3  
  0309 Language Socialization and Cultural Reproduction 3  
  0310 Fieldwork in Ethnography 3  
  0314 Agencies and Services in Philadelphia Communities 3  
  0320 Field Session in Archaeology 3  
  0321 Methods in Archaeology (variable topic course: Sediments, soils and geomorphology; lithic analysis; ceramic analysis; field methods) 3  
  0326 Methods in Physical Anthropology (variable topic course: human osteology; primate anatomy; forensic anthropology) 3  
  0334 Anthropological Problems in Visual Production    
Subtotal     3  
*Additional methods courses can be taken as electives; 0321 and 0326 can be taken multiple times as they are topical courses

 Anthropology

W301

Capstone:

History of Anthropological Theory

3

Anthropology 0100-0399 Electives - Pick Five (5): Choose from courses at the 100 level and above that have not been used to satisfy other requirements for the major  
Subtotal     15
Total    

37


Minor Requirements – General Anthropology

Required courses

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

Pick One (1):        
Introductory Anthropology RO60 Introduction to Anthropology 3 R
  CO61 Cultures of the World 3 IS
  CO64 American Culture 3 AC
  CO65 Origins of Cultural Diversity 3 IS
  HO90 Cultures of the World 3 IS

Subtotal

3

- Pick Two (2):        
Fundamentals Anthropology W120 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 3 W
  0124 Fundamentals of Archaeology 3  
  0125 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology 4  
  0127 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 3  
Subtotal     6/7  
Electives - Pick Three (3):        
Anthropology 0100-0399 Chosen from remaining courses at the 100 level and above 3  
Subtotal     9  

Total

18/19

Human Biology Track

The Human Biology Track in Anthropology prepares students for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, podiatry, and other allied health fields. Students preparing for these fields sometimes find the traditional science majors too restrictive. Human Biology students major in Anthropology but take departmental courses primarily in biological anthropology. The Human Biology Track also includes required courses in biology, cultural anthropology, human anatomy and physiology. In addition, the Human Biology Track provides several options for completing other sciences courses that fulfill admission requirements to professional schools in the health sciences. This program, like those at Stanford, the University of Michigan and Harvard, also encourages students to take health/biology-related courses in psychology, sociology, history, political science and the humanities. As a result, our students have the broad, liberal arts background that many health science professional schools find attractive.

Interested students should contact the pre-med adviser at Sullivan Hall or the Human Biology Track adviser, Dr. Leonard Greenfield, at (215) 204-1489 or green@temple.edu . A brochure describing the Human Biology Track can be obtained in the Anthropology Department, room 209, Gladfelter Hall.

Major Requirements: Human Biology

Required Courses

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

Anthropology

 

0125

Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology

4

 

 
    Note: 0125 is the prerequisite for all courses in Biological Anthropology    
Subtotal     4  

Anthropology

 

W120

Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology

3

 

WI

Subtotal     3  
Pick One (1) of the following sequences        
Biology CO83 General Biology I 4 SA
 
--AND--
   
  CO84 General Biology II 4 SB
 
--OR--
   
Biology 0103 Introduction to Biology I 4  
 
--AND--
   
  0104 Introduction to Biology II 4  
Subtotal     8  
Pick One (1) of the following sequences:        
Kinesiology C100 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 SA
 
--AND--
   
  C101 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 SB
 
--OR--
   
  0233 Mammalian Anatomy 4  
 
--AND--
   
  0234 Mammalian Physiology 4  
Subtotal     8  
Pick Two (2):        
Anthropology 0161 Human Paleontology 3  
  0162 Biology of Modern Human Populations 3  
  0163 Human Population Genetics 3  
  0164 Primate Behavior 3  
Subtotal     6  
Pick One (1):        
Anthropology 0212 Medical Anthropology 3  
  0220 Environmental Physiology 3  
  0248 Introduction to Primates 3  
  0280 Evolutionary Biology 3  
  0326 Methods in Physical Anthropology* 3  
Subtotal     3  
*Topical course which may be taken more than once
Pick One (1) of these Capstone courses:        
Anthropology W323 Advanced Seminar in Medical Anthropology 3 WI
  W324 Genetic Basis of Human Variation 3 WI
  W325 Biocultural Adaptations in Human Populations 3 WI
  W327 Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Reproduction 3 WI
  W380 Seminar in Evolutionary Biology 3  
Subtotal     3  
Electives - Pick Two (2):        
Anthropology 0212 Medical Anthropology 3  
  0220 Environmental Physiology 3  
  0248 Introduction to Primates 3  
  0280 Evolutionary Biology 3  
  0326 Methods in Physical Anthropology* 3  
  *topical course which may be taken more than once.    
Biology   Any upper division courses numbered 0203 and above 3/4  
Chemistry 0371 Biochemistry I 3  
  0372 Biochemistry II 3  
History 0137 History of Biology 3  
  0257 American Medicine: A Social History 3  
Political Science 0132 Biology, Society, and Politics 3  
Psychology 0200 Developmental Psychology 3  
  0210 Social Psychology 3  
  0220 Psychopathology 3  
  0230 Cognitive Processes 3  
  0250 Learning and Behavior Analysis 3  
  0260 Behavioral Neuroscience 3  
  0265 Cognitive NeuroScience 3  
Sociology 0252 Health and Disease in American Society 3  
Subtotal     6-7  

Total

 41/42

 


Visual Anthropology Track

This track emphasizes a well-rounded liberal arts background and a comprehensive understanding of the world’s varied systems of visual representation. The Visual Anthropology curriculum allows students to combine cultural anthropology with the study and practice of visual communication. Courses in the Visual Anthropology Track combine topics and methods familiar to the social sciences, humanities, and the media arts. It is well suited to interests in popular culture as well as the fine arts, in documentary and ethnographic film as well as feature film, in all forms of artistic performance including the folk arts, fine arts, popular arts, and media arts, in televisual communication including both broadcast and narrowcast forms, as well as home media and alternative media. Additional attention is now dedicated to relationships of globalization and New Media.
In the Visual Anthropology curriculum, literary traditions and criticism find a place alongside pictorial traditions and media criticism. Students may do original research that involves still photography and/or video production. Students apply field methods familiar to cultural anthropology to achieve a better understanding of the processes and products of visual communication. Laboratories are available for both still photography and video production. There are ongoing field programs in North American, Japan, and India. The summer program in India is intended to investigate Indian civilization through an anthropological and historical approach of its religions and artistic traditions, both ancient and contemporary (http://isc.temple.edu/jjhala/templeindia/).
Interested students should contact the Visual Anthropology Adviser,
Jayasinhji Jhala at (215) 204-7727 or jjhala@temple.edu . A brochure describing the Visual Anthropology Track can be obtained in the Anthropology Department, room 209, Gladfelter Hall.

Required courses- Visual Anthropology

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

Anthropology

0158

Fundamentals of Culture and Visual Communication

3

 

Anthropology

W120

Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology

3

WI

Anthropology 0127 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 3  
Anthropology 0334 Anthropological Problems in Visual Production 3  
Subtotal     12  
Pick One (1):        
Anthropology 0124 Fundamentals of Archaeology 3  
         
  0125 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology 4  
Subtotal     3-4  
Capstone Anthropology   W308 Research in Visual Anthropology 3 WI
Subtotal     3  
Electives - Pick Seven (7):        
Anthropology 0224 Art and Anthropology 3  
  0233 Anthropological Film 3  
  0234 Anthropology of Feature Film 3  
  0237 Pictorial Lives    
  0238 Visual Anthropology of Modern Japan 3  
  0239 Anthropology and Photography 3  
  0242 Anthropology of Mass Media 3  
  0322 Indigenous Media 3  
  0334 Anthropological Problems in Visual Production 3  
Subtotal     18  

Total

   

36/37

 

Minor Requirements – Visual Anthropology

Required courses

Department

Course #

Course Name

Hours

Core Indicator

Fundamentals Anthropology: - All W120 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 3 WI
  0127 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 3  
  0158 Fundamentals of Culture and Visual Communication 3  
Subtotal     9  
Methods:Anthropology 0334 Anthropological Problems in Visual Production 3  
Subtotal     3  
Electives - Pick Two (2):        
Anthropology 0224 Art and Anthropology 3  
  0233 Anthropological Film 3  
  0234 Anthropology of Feature Film 3  
  0237 Pictorial Lives 3  
  0238 Visual Anthropology of Modern Japan 3  
  0239 Anthropology and Photography 3  
  0242 Anthropology of Mass Media 3  
  0322 Indigenous Media 3  
Subtotal     6  
Total     18  
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