Explore a Degree in Anthropology from Temple

Studying anthropology helps build the creative thinking and critical analysis needed to solve complex problems. We teach cross-cultural understanding, interdisciplinary connection, computational and analytical skills. With our training, you’ll be able to connect on a deeper level with people from many linguistic and geographical backgrounds and generate key insights into how people make sense and meaning in their worlds.

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 at Temple is organized according to two thematic areas of anthropology: Evolution and Human Environments and Mobility and Global Inequality. These two areas of concentration allow us to offer students the tools they will need to work and thrive in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual globalized world.

Academic Offerings

Major and Minors

Become an Anthropology major or choose a minor in Anthropology, a minor in Biomedical Anthropology, a minor in Visual Anthropology or a certificate program that will help prepare you for further study or engagement with real-world issues.

Explore Our Museum

The Anthropology Museum, located near the entrance of Gladfelter Hall, provides hands-on learning through its extensive artifact collections, exhibition and displays (which students often design and assemble during coursework), as well as space for meetings and events.

New MA Program for Fall 2020!

Our new MA in Anthropology is built around two broad themes: Evolution and Human Environments, and Mobility and Global Inequality. Transferable skills and knowledge are gained through various courses.