Anthropology PhD

Pursue advanced research with the Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. In this 43-credit, highly selective doctoral program, students have opportunities to lead and participate in critical research and fieldwork in Philadelphia, elsewhere in the U.S. or abroad, building the skills necessary to conduct anthropological studies in academic or professional settings. 

All students in the program complete a set of core courses, which include foundational courses in thematic areas and the history of the discipline. You'll focus your studies and fieldwork in one of the four subfields of anthropology—archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology. You can also choose to specialize in Anthropology of Visual Communication, which draws primarily from linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to incorporate all areas into their studies and research, and our newly restructured program capitalizes on the current trends toward integrative approaches to anthropological problems. 

You’ll work alongside esteemed faculty members who specialize in multiple research areas including pre-historic and historic archaeology, bio-archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, visual anthropology and medical anthropology. You’ll have access to Temple’s linguistic and media labs, as well as the Laboratory of Research and Exhibitions, which houses archaeological, biological, ethnological and historical collections from all over the world, as well as the equipment and resources necessary to conduct innovative research in various areas of anthropology. Learn more about research in the Anthropology Department

While many Anthropology PhD students pursue full-time faculty positions in colleges and universities, others pursue academic and non-academic research opportunities or enter policy and administrative positions. Our new courses on professionalization and numerous extra-curricular events, workshops and activities provide training in transferrable skills.

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    Kristina Nazimova

    Anthropology PhD, CLA ’22 and Winner of an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship

    "The Department of Anthropology has been one of the most enriching environments in which I have studied. The rigor of its program, the faculty’s commitment to helping me succeed, and the culture of camaraderie among peers has fostered my professional growth as a scholar, educator and writer."

    Program Format & Curriculum

    Students may take up to seven years to earn the degree. Most students complete the program on a full-time basis, although some may be able to complete it on a part-time basis.

    The 43-credit doctoral program comprises core and elective courses, a language examination, doctoral qualifying examinations, and a dissertation.

    Required courses you may take during the program include the following.

    • Approaches in Archaeology
    • Approaches in Cultural Anthropology    
    • Approaches in Linguistic Anthropology
    • Approaches in Physical Anthropology

    Examples of elective courses include 

    • Anthropology of Mass Media;
    • Approaches to Historic Sites in Archaeology;
    • Fieldwork in Ethnography;
    • Medical Anthropology; and
    • Language Socialization and Cultural Reproduction.

    Learn more about curriculum requirements for the Anthropology PhD.

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    Our Community

    The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

    Tuition & Fees

    In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy 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. These tuition costs apply to the 2021–2022 academic year.

    Pennsylvania resident: $966.00 per credit
    Out-of-state: $1,329.00 per credit

    Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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