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 two themes designed to integrate courses in archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology. By taking courses related to one of the two themes—Mobility and Global Inequity or Evolution and Human Environments—students develop their research, analytical and writing skills. They also form key skill sets necessary for success in their postgraduate life and an understanding of the following concepts.
- How humans relate to the natural world.
- How humans construct and manipulate their cultural environment.
- How class, gender, geographical location, race and sexuality influence access to power.
- How theory relates to the collection and interpretation of data.
- Human cultural and biological differences and how they relate to human interactions.
Minor in Anthropology
The Anthropology Minor is designed for any undergraduate student at Temple who wants to learn about general anthropology, but cannot commit to a full academic major. Students in the Anthropology Minor gain a well-rounded education and form writing and research skills, as well as a capacity to speak about human communities and social change in complex and informed ways, that help them stand out in the job market.
Minor in Biomedical Anthropology
The Biomedical Anthropology Minor integrates knowledge of modern human biological variation and sensitivity to the complex social factors that contribute to health and well-being, and to understanding and treating disease conditions. This knowledge is particularly valuable for students who intend to seek careers in healthcare fields serving modern multicultural populations. The human biology approach in anthropology helps students develop core competencies essential for admission into postgraduate health professional programs, including analytical thought and problem-solving skills related to biological systems, cultural competence, understanding human behavior, and written and verbal communication.
Charles Weitz is the program contact for for this minor.
Minor in Visual Anthropology
The Visual Anthropology Minor is well suited for students with interests in all forms of alternative media, artistic performance, documentary and ethnographic film, feature film, home media and televisual communication (including both broadcast and narrowcast forms). In addition, the role of new media in social change plays an increasing role in the discipline of visual anthropology, including digital ethnographic methods. Research topics include Turkish film, African textiles, Indigenous media, photographs, tattoos and Facebook.
Jayasinhji Jhala is the program contact for this minor.