Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

General Anthropology

The general anthropology major is intended to give students a foundation in all of the four sub-fields associated with the discipline of anthropology. Each of the sub-fields requires the development of a number of skills, including: formulating hypotheses; developing research programs and proposals; applying theories to the interpretation of artifacts and other data; and gathering ethnographic information through participant-observation. There is sufficient flexibility in the requirements for the general anthropology major so that a student with an interest in a specific sub-field can focus their program of study in that area - or not, if a more general program is of interest.

With its focus on human diversity and its emphasis on cultural relativism, the general anthropology major well prepares students for the issues they are likely to encounter in today's workplaces. At Temple we offer a number of courses on such topics as the Anthropology of Policy, Medical Anthropology, and Urban Anthropology, which prepare students for careers in public administration, social work, health policy, urban planning, and other aspects of public policy-related work, in addition to professional careers in fields such as business, law, and medicine. Anthropology students are also well-prepared to participate in activities which call for cultural sensitivity and an understanding of cultural differences, such as the teaching of English as a foreign language and other work with immigrant communities or work in the global marketplace. A variety of courses on archaeology prepare students for careers in the field of cultural resources management and historic preservation.

Interested students can contact the faculty advisor for additional information. A brochure describing the General Anthropology major can be obtained in the department. 

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. All General Anthropology majors take ANTH 2396 and one of the following writing-intensive courses for this requirement: ANTH 4196, ANTH 4398, ANTH 4596, or ANTH 4897.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (37-38 credits):

Fundamentals Courses
ANTH 2104Fundamentals of Archaeology 13
ANTH 2396Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology 23
ANTH 2507Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology 33
ANTH 2705Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology 44
Methods Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Methods in Archaeology 5
Heritage Management in Archaeology
Field Session in Archaeology
Fieldwork in Ethnography
Advanced Production of Anthropological Media
Language Socialization and Cultural Reproduction
Theory and Method in Linguistic Anthropology
Methods in Physical Anthropology 5
Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
Capstone Course
Select one of the following:3
Theory and Practice of Contemporary Archaeology
Research in Socio-Cultural Anthropology
Capstone in Linguistic Anthropology
Research in Biological Anthropology
Anthropology Electives 6
Select a minimum of three advanced electives in Anthropology numbered between 3000-49999
Select three upper-level electives numbered 2000-49999
Total Credit Hours37-38

Required for all Archaeology courses numbered 3000+.


Required for all Cultural & Visual Anthropology courses numbered 3000+.


Required for all Linguistic Anthropology courses numbered 3000+.


Required for all Biological Anthropology courses numbered 3000+.


Additional methods courses can be taken as electives; ANTH 3170 and ANTH 3770 are topics courses and may be taken multiple times for additional credit.


Note: Electives may not have been used to satisfy other requirements of the major.

Distinction in Major

Anthropology majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
ANTH 2396Fundamentals of Cultural Anthropology [WI]3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
GenEd Global/World Society Course
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
 Term Credit Hours15
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
ANTH 2104Fundamentals of Archaeology3
ANTH 2705Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology4
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
ANTH 2507Fundamentals of Linguistic Anthropology3
Anthropology 2000-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
Anthropology - Select one Methods Course from list3
Anthropology 2000-4999 Elective3
Anthropology 2000-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Anthropology 3000-4999 Elective3
Anthropology 3000-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Select one of the following:3
Theory and Practice of Contemporary Archaeology [WI] 
Research in Socio-Cultural Anthropology [WI] 
Capstone in Linguistic Anthropology [WI] 
Research in Biological Anthropology [WI] 
Anthropology 3000-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
One 0800+ Elective in any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123