If you’re fascinated by how societies and cultures develop, then a Temple University Anthropology degree is your path for turning that passion into a career. Undergraduate Anthropology majors learn the discipline’s four subfields and conduct field research around the globe. Want to study Anthropology without majoring in it? Our minor or certificate program might be right for you. Apply today and let our advising team help you craft the curricular plan that’s right for your needs.
Major in Anthropology at Temple
If you join the Department of Anthropology, you will collaborate with faculty on field research in locations around the world, from biological research in Oman, to socio-cultural research in India, to archeological research right here in the Delaware Valley. Anthropology majors at Temple gain a foundation in all of the four sub-fields associated with the discipline - archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology. Laboratory facilities, internships, fieldwork and experiential learning courses provide our students with practical experiences in all of anthropology’s four subdisciplines.
All four subdiciplines are well represented at Temple: archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology. We also offer specialized courses and training in anthropology of visual communication (which draws primarily on linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology). We offer the flexibility to pursue your interest in specific sub-fields, or if you’d rather, pursue a more general undergraduate program.
Archaeologists study people and cultures of the past by analyzing material remains such as artifacts, human remains, architecture, landscapes and environments. Archeaologists use this evidence to study such topics as the formation of social groups, ideologies, subsistence patterns and human interactions with the environment.
Biological anthropologists study the evolutionary origins of all humans, and the variation that exists among contemporary populations, as well as how biological variation existed in past populations. They consider how the environment, genes and culture interact to shape human biology in the past and present.
Linguistic anthropologists study the dynamic relationships among speakers, language, culture and society. This subfield explores the many ways in which communicative practices shape patterns of social interaction, categories of identity and group membership, cultural beliefs and ideologies, and the cultural resources to engage natural and social worlds.
Sociocultural anthropologists study social patterns and practices, paying close attention to how people around the world live, organize, govern and create meaning about themselves and others. To gain a firsthand sense of a community, sociocultural anthropologists spend time living in a community to do fieldwork which emphasizes the methodology of participant observation.
BA in Human Biology
The Human Biology Concentration in Anthropology prepares you for careers in healthcare that include dentistry, medicine, optometry, physical therapy and podiatry. Human Biology students take courses that emphasize an evolutionary perspective on humans and cover human genetics, human paleontology, human physiology and human reproductive biology and behavior. Our curriculum also includes biology courses amd elective options in human anatomy, physiology and public health. Graduates who earn a BA in Anthropology with a Human Biology Concentration gain the broad, liberal arts background that many professional schools find attractive. If you’re interested in this concentration, contact the Human Biology Concentration advisor, Dr. Charles Weitz, at 215-204-7330 or email@example.com.
The Anthropology of Visual Communication track is well suited to students with interests in all forms of alternative media, artistic performance, documentary and ethnographic film, feature film, home media, televisual communication (including both broadcast and narrowcast forms). In addition, new media’s role in globalization plays an increasing role in the discipline of visual anthropology. Research topics include cave paintings, hieroglyphics, jewelry, paintings, photographs, paintings, reliefs, sculptures and tattoos. If you’re interested in learning more, contact the Visual Anthropology Advisor, Jayasinhji Jhala, at 215-204-7727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minor in Anthropology
The Minor in Anthropology is designed for any undergraduate at Temple who wants to learn about general anthropology, but cannot commit to a full academic major. If you are considering a career in a health profession, the Minor in Anthropology: Human Biology is an excellent way to improve your application for medical school or other graduate programs. If your interests lie in media and art, we offer a Minor in Visual Anthropology. Whatever your plans are after graduation, minoring in anthropology helps you stand out when you apply for jobs or graduate school, becauser it shows that you have a well-rounded education.
Certificate in Language and Cross-Cultural Communication
The Certificate in Language and Cross-Cultural Communication provides you with the sociolinguistic and cultural knowledge you need to solve language-related in both everyday and institutional communication.. The program lines up well with the current institutitional mission of Temple University - we prepare students to work and thrive in an increasingly globalized world where language-related expertise, particularly cross-linguistic and cross-cultural knowledge, is a highly desireably skill. The curriculum for the certificate consists of linguistic anthropology courses that cover language and how language is used to understand culture, how languages are distributed across the world and their contemporary and historical relationships.
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