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Anthropology

Charles Weitz, Chair
210 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-7775
weitz@temple.edu


Leonard Greenfield, Undergraduate Chair and Faculty Advisor
215-204-1489
green@temple.edu

212 Gladfelter Hall
www.temple.edu/anthro

General Anthropology
Human Biology Track
Visual Anthropology Track



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 so that a student can focus their coursework, if desired, on any one of the four sub-fields.

With its focus on human diversity and its emphasis on cultural relativism, the general anthropology major well prepares students 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 the faculty advisor for additional information. A brochure describing the General Anthropology major can be obtained in the department.

Requirements for the Major - General Anthropology

Required Courses      
Department Course # Course Name
Hours
RCI
Introductory Select one:      
Anthropology 1055 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 4 SB
Anthropology 1061 Cultures of the World 3 IS
Anthropology 1062 Introduction to Anthropology 3 IN/RS
Anthropology 1064 American Culture 3 AC
Anthropology 1065 Origins of Cultural Diversity 3 IS
Subtotal     3-4  
         
Fundamentals        
Anthropology 2104 Fundamentals of Archaeology 3  
Anthropology 2396 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 3 WI
Anthropology 2507 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 3  
Anthropology 2705 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology 4  
Subtotal     13  
         
Methods – Select one:*   3-4  
Anthropology 3170 Methods in Archaeology (variable topic course: Sediments, soils and geomorphology; lithic analysis; ceramic analysis; field methods)    
Anthropology 3175 Heritage Management in Archaeology    
Anthropology 3189 Field Session in Archaeology    
Anthropology 3389 Fieldwork in Ethnography    
Anthropology 3510 Theory and Method in Linguistics    
Anthropology 3770 Methods in Physical Anthropology (variable topic course)    
Anthropology 4444 Anthropological Problems in Visual Production    
Anthropology 4496 Research in Visual Anthropology   WI
         
Capstone        
Anthropology 4396 History of Anthropological Theory 3 WI
         
Anthropology 2000-4999 Electives – Select Five (5): 15  
    Choose from courses at the 2000 level and above that have not been used to satisfy other requirements for the major      
Subtotal     21-22  
         
Total     37-38  
*Additional methods courses can be taken as electives; 3170 and 3770 can be taken multiple times
as they are topical courses.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

 

Distinction in Major

Anthropology majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


Requirements for the Minor – General Anthropology

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Introductory – Select one: 3-4  
Anthropology 1055 Introduction to Physical Anthropology   SB
Anthropology 1061 Cultures of the World   IS
Anthropology 1062 Introduction to Anthropology   IN/RS
Anthropology 1064 American Culture   AC
Anthropology 1065 Origins of Cultural Diversity   IS
         
Fundamentals – Select two: 6-7  
Anthropology 2104 Fundamentals of Archaeology    
Anthropology 2396 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology   WI
Anthropology 2507 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology    
Anthropology 2705 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology    
         
Electives – Select three: 9  
Anthropology 2000-4999 Chosen from remaining courses at the 2000 level and above    
             
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. Human Biology students major in Anthropology but take departmental courses primarily in biological anthropology. These courses deal in human genetics, human paleontology, human physiology, and human reproductive biology and behavior.  They stress an evolutionary perspective on humans and integrate molecular, whole-organism, population, and species-level data on humans. The Human Biology Track also includes required courses in biology, cultural anthropology, human anatomy, and physiology. This program also encourages students to take health/biology-related courses in psychology, sociology, history, political science, and the humanities to fulfill admission requirements to professional schools in the health sciences. 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 advisor at 1810 Liacouras Walk, 1st Floor, or the Human Biology Track advisor, 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.

Requirements for the Major - Human Biology

Required Courses      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Anthropology 2705 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology
(Note: 2705 is the prerequisite for all courses in Biological Anthropology.)
4  
Anthropology 2396 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 3 WI
         
Select one of the following Biology sequences; you cannot mix sequences: 8  
Biology 1011/1012

1111/2112
General Biology I and  II
     or
Introduction to Biology
  SA/SB
         
Select one of the following Anatomy and Physiology sequences; you cannot mix sequences 8  
Kinesiology

Biology
1223/1224

2233/3334
Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
     or
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology
  SA/SB
         
Select two:     6  
Anthropology 2761 Human Paleontology    
Anthropology 2762 Human Biology of Modern Human Populations    
Anthropology 2763 Human Population Genetics    
Anthropology 2764 Primate Behavior    
         
Select one of the following Advanced courses: 3-4  
Anthropology 3332 Medical Anthropology    
Anthropology 3741 Evolutionary Biology    
Anthropology 3744 Human Evolutionary Genetics    
Anthropology 3745 Human Osteology    
Anthropology 3748 Primate Evolution and Adaptation    
Anthropology 3770 Methods in Physical Anthropology*    
         
Select one of these Capstone courses: 3  
Anthropology 4397 Advanced Seminar in Medical Anthropology   WI
Anthropology 4796 Biocultural Adaptations in Human Populations   WI
Anthropology 4797 Evolutionary Perspectives on Reproduction   WI
Anthropology 4798 Seminar in Human and Primate Evolution   WI
Anthropology 4896 Environmental Physiology   WI
         
Electives – Select two**:   6  
Anthropology 3332 Medical Anthropology    
Anthropology 3741 Evolutionary Biology    
Anthropology 3744 Human Evolutionary Genetics    
Anthropology 3745 Human Osteology    
Anthropology 3748 Primate Evolution and Adaptation    
Anthropology 3770 Methods in Physical Anthropology*    
Anthropology 4896 Environmental Physiology   WI
Biology   Any upper-division courses numbered 2000 and above    
Chemistry 4401 Biochemistry I    
History 4297 Social History of American Medicine   WI
Psychology 2101 Cognitive Psychology    
Psychology 2103 Learning and Behavior Analysis    
Psychology 2201 Psychopathology    
Psychology 2301 Developmental Psychology    
Psychology 2401 Social Psychology    
Psychology 2502 Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience    
Sociology 2552 Health and Disease in American Society    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
         
Total      41-42  
*Topical course which may be taken more than once
**Cannot double-count electives and any other major requirements

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

 

Distinction in Major

Anthropology majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

 


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 media arts. It is well suited to those students interested in popular culture as well as the fine arts; documentary and ethnographic film as well as feature film; all forms of artistic performance, including the folk arts, fine arts, popular arts, and media arts; televisual communication, including both broadcast and narrowcast forms; and 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 America, 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.  For more details on the summer program in India, go to the Temple University in India web site at http://isc.temple.edu/jjhala/templeindia/.


Interested students should contact the Visual Anthropology Advisor, 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.

Requirements for the major - Visual Anthropology

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Anthropology 2396 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 3 WI
Anthropology 2408 Fundamentals of the Anthropology of Visual Communication 3  
Anthropology 2507 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 3  
Anthropology 4444 Anthropological Problems in Visual Production 3  
         
Select one:     3-4  
Anthropology 2104 Fundamentals of Archaeology    
Anthropology 2705 Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology    
         
Capstone:     3  
Anthropology 4496 Research in Visual Anthropology   WI
         
Electives – Select six:   18  
Anthropology 3324 Art and Anthropology    
Anthropology 3433 Anthropological Film    
Anthropology 3434 Anthropology in Feature Films    
Anthropology 3438 Anthropology of Mass Media    
Anthropology 3439 Anthropology of Photography    
    *See advisor for more elective options    
         
Total     36-37  

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

 

Distinction in Major

Anthropology majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


 

Requirements for the minor – Visual Anthropology

Required Courses      
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Fundamentals – All of the following: 9  
Anthropology 2396 Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology   WI
Anthropology 2408 Fundamentals of the Anthropology of Visual Communication    
Anthropology 2507 Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology    
         
Methods:     3  
Anthropology 4444 Anthropological Problems in Visual Production    
         
Electives – Select two:   6  
Anthropology 3324 Art and Anthropology    
Anthropology 3433 Anthropological Film    
Anthropology 3434 Anthropology in Feature Films    
Anthropology 3438 Anthropology of Mass Media    
Anthropology 3439 Anthropology of Photography    
         
Total     18  

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