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.