Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Explore the ways in which people understand and adapt to living in a variety of settings across time with the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. The Anthropology Major focuses on the study of human diversity and cultural relativism, helping you cultivate an appreciation for the world and its people.  

The ways in which culture is created and recorded—through art, communication, literature and music—have greatly evolved over time. By uncovering and analyzing historical artifacts, you’ll develop a deep understanding of global cultures and societies, and in turn better understand specific aspects of your own society. As a result, you’ll be well prepared for careers that require cultural sensitivity and an understanding of cultural differences. 

The 123-credit multidisciplinary Anthropology BA curriculum emphasizes the four subfields associated with anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. Through the coursework, you’ll develop your research and analytical skills, and you’ll form key skill sets necessary in each of the subfields, including  

  • applying theories to the interpretation of artifacts and other data; 
  • developing research programs and proposals; 
  • formulating hypotheses; and
  • gathering ethnographic information through participant observation. 

Course of Study

In addition to the general Anthropology BA, you may choose to pursue a more tailored course of study in one of the subfields, depending on your individual area of interest. 

Students can further tailor their curriculum by selecting the Human Biology concentration or the Visual Anthropology track. The Visual Anthropology track is a multidisciplinary program with a broader liberal arts focus in areas such as the social sciences, humanities and media arts. Students develop an understanding of the world’s systems of visual communication and representation. The track is well suited for students interested in artistic performance, communication, digital media, documentary and ethnographic film, popular culture, and more.

Learn more about the Visual Anthropology track requirements.  

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Classes & Curriculum

Requirements for graduation vary depending on whether you choose the general Anthropology Major, the Human Biology concentration or the Visual Anthropology track. 

The following courses are examples of those students may complete in the general Anthropology BA degree program.

  • Advanced Production of Anthropological Media
  • Fundamentals of Archaeology
  • Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology
  • Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology
  • Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology
  • Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life
  • Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
  • Research in Visual Anthropology

Learn more about the Anthropology Major required courses

Related Graduate Degrees

Related Graduate Certificates

*College of Science and Technology
**School of Theater, Film and Media Arts
*** Klein College of Media and Communication 

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement bachelor's programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2020–2021 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year