Major: Anthropology
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 181.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 45.0201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3091

NOTE:  Effective September 2018, students are no longer being accepted into the Anthropology BA program.

About the Program

Anthropology is the study of human beings — past and present. Students majoring in anthropology broaden their understanding of the ways of life on planet Earth through courses that explore the diversity of human cultures, courses that explore the range of theoretical ideas about culture and human organization, and specialized courses in field techniques and methodology.

The anthropology major is a small, highly specialized program. The program has emphases in digital and media anthropology, symbolic communication, and community organization. Students are provided with an exceptional background in theory, and methodology, and fieldwork that will open doors to various career paths or lead to graduate training.

Two options exist in the anthropology bachelor of arts degree program. The first option is a four-year program with a single six month co-op in the junior year. For the majority of anthropology majors, the co-op will provide a fieldwork experience for students. Students who select to undertake a co-op are guided by interaction with faculty both inside and outside the classroom. The second option is a four-year non-co-op option. The core of the major in this option is the seminar in ethnography which majors are required to take each fall term for a total of 12.0 credits.

Additional Information

Dr. Wesley Shumar
Anthropology Department Head
Room 117, PSA Bldg #47

Sharon Wallace
Department Administrator
Anthropology Department
3201 Arch Street, Room 150

For more details about the Anthropology major, visit the Anthropology web site.

Degree Requirements 

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Two Mathematics Courses6.0-8.0
Two Science Courses6.0-8.0
Foreign Language Courses
A minimum of two consecutive language courses *7.0-8.0
Humanities and Fine Arts
Humanities and Fine Arts Courses12.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences Courses12.0
International Studies
Two International Studies Electives6.0
Studies in Diversity
ANTH 215Anthropology of Gender3.0
One studies in Diversity Course3.0
Anthropology Requirements
Sub-disciplinary Core
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ANTH 110Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology3.0
ANTH 111Introduction to Biological Anthropology3.0
ANTH 112Language, Culture & Cognition3.0
ANTH 265Health & Healing Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective3.0
ANTH 385Community Engaged Anthropology3.0
ANTH 390Seminar in Ethnography (2-credit course taken 4 terms)8.0
Methods Sequence
ANTH 370Ethnographic Methods3.0
ANTH 375Digital Ethnography3.0
SOC 250Research Methods I4.0
Theory Sequence
ANTH 410Cultural Theory I3.0
ANTH 411Cultural Theory II3.0
Anthropology Program Requirements
Select a minimum of 30 credits from the list below:30.0
Biblical Archaeology: The Archaeology of Israel and Jordan
Anthropology of Food
Anthropology of Water
Worldview: Science, Religion and Magic
Topics in World Ethnography
Aging In Cross-Cultural Perspective
Anthropology of Youth
Urban Anthropology
Reflecting on Work Identity
Anthropology of Immigration
Psychological Anthropology
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
Approaches to Intercultural Behavior
DIY Culture
Media Anthropology
Anthropology of Education
Visual Anthropology
Anthropology of Language
Digital Culture
Culture and the Environment
Sacred Traditions of the East
Family and Kinship
Special Topics in Anthropology
Special Topics in Anthropology
Special Topics in Anthropology
Special Topics in Anthropology
Ethnography of Communication
Women and Human Rights Worldwide
Building Global Bridges
Race and Film in United States History
East Asia in Modern Times
Introduction to Latin American History
Technology and Identity
Technology and the World Community
Research Methods in History I
History of Bodies in Science, Technology, and Medicine
Advanced History Seminar
Transnational History of Science, Technology and Environment
Overview of Issues in Global Health
Women and Children: Health & Society
Drugs, Society, and Public Health
Comparative Political Thought
Global Governance
International Political Economy
Power in Protest: Social Movements in Comparative Perspective
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Wealth and Power
Classical Social Theory
Women and Society in a Global Context
Gender and Black Popular Culture
Gender and Judaism
Women's Health and Human Rights
Sex, Gender, Feminism: A Seminar in Feminist Theories
Queer Theory
Free Electives42.0-38.0
Total Credits181.0-182.0


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
ANTH 390Seminar in Ethnography2.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foreign Language course4.0
Math elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 2
ANTH 110Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
Foreign Language course3.0-4.0
Math elective3.0-4.0
 Term Credits13.0-15.0
Term 3
ANTH 111Introduction to Biological Anthropology3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Social Behavior Science elective3.0-4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
International Studies elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 4
ANTH 112Language, Culture & Cognition3.0
ANTH 215Anthropology of Gender3.0
ANTH 390Seminar in Ethnography2.0
Lab Science elective3.0-4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 5
ANTH 265Health & Healing Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective3.0
ANTH 370Ethnographic Methods3.0
SOC 250Research Methods I4.0
Lab Science elective3.0-4.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0-17.0
Term 6
ANTH 375Digital Ethnography3.0
ANTH 385Community Engaged Anthropology3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Social and Behavior Science elective3.0-4.0
Free electives2.0
 Term Credits14.0-15.0
Term 7
ANTH 390Seminar in Ethnography2.0
Anthropology program requirements3.0
Social Behavior Science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
International Studies course3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 8
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Anthropology program requirements*6.0
Social Behavior Science elective3.0
Diversity Studies course3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 9
ANTH 390Seminar in Ethnography2.0
Anthropology program requirements*6.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
ANTH 410Cultural Theory I3.0
Anthropology program requirements*6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
ANTH 411Cultural Theory II3.0
Anthropology program requirements*6.0
Free electives7.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
Anthropology program requirement*3.0
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 181.0-188.0


Co-op/Career Opportunities

C0-0p Opportunities

In order for majors to take the required seminar in ethnography, all anthropology co-ops are scheduled for the fall/winter cycle. Anthropology co-ops are student initiated and developed through discussions with faculty, rather than being selected from an existing list. Co-op ideas frequently emerge from discussions in the seminar in ethnography as students who have undertaken co-ops report on their experiences. Past co-ops have included: teaching English in Costa Rica; working on an archeological dig in the Yucatan; studying agricultural practices in Hawaii; working with an arts program in Oaxaca. In addition, several majors have collaborated on faculty research, while others have been engaged in community outreach projects.

Post-Graduate Opportunities

Many corporations, schools and health-care institutions are using ethnographic field techniques and qualitative methods in order to understand their markets and clientele, or for that matter, their own organizational structure. The Anthropology major prepares students for employment in these areas, as well as for further graduate work in anthropology, public policy, law and other social and behavioral sciences.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center web page for more detailed information on post-graduate opportunities.

Anthropology Faculty

Barbara Hornum, PhD (Bryn Mawr College) Director of Center for Academic Excellence (DCAE). Associate Professor. Comparative gerontology, planned communities, continuing care communities, retirement, faculty development.
David Kutzik, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Sociology and philosophy of science; applied gerontological research; political economy of health care; microprocessor-based assistive technologies to improve case management and increase independent living among frail populations.
Brent Luvaas, PhD (UCLA). Associate Professor. DIY and independent media production; transnational consumer culture; popular music; new media and mediated subjectivities; youth culture in the US and Indonesia.
Usha Menon, PhD (University of Chicago). Professor. Self, identity & personhood, emotional functioning, Hindu morality, gender relations in Hindu society, adult development, popular Hinduism, post-colonial feminism, Hindu religious nationalism and Islamic radicalism.
Rakhmiel Peltz, PhD (Columbia University, Linguistics; University of Pennsylvania, Biological Sciences) Director of Judaic Studies Program. Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, social history of Yiddish language and culture, Yiddish culture of Eastern Europe, language planning, language and ethnic identity, language and group memory, aging and ethnicity, history of urban neighbors.
Douglas V. Porpora, PhD (Temple University). Professor. International political economy, culture, social theory, and philosophy of social science.
Robert Powell, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Early and Middle Bronze Age Crete; archaeoastronomy; early state formation; archaeology and anthropology of frontiers; mass communication.
Amber R. Reed, PhD (UCLA). Visiting Assistant Professor. Democracy, Apartheid, Nostalgia, Race, Postcolonial Theory, Childhood/Youth Studies, Politics of Culture
Rachel R. Reynolds, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago). Associate Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, intercultural communication, globalization and the rhetoric of community, political economy of immigration, race and ethnicity, new African immigrants in the United States, Igbo studies.
Wesley Shumar, PhD (Temple University) Department Head, Anthropology. Professor. Ethnography of cyberspace, online learning communities, political economy of higher education, globalization, activity theory, semiotics, critical realism, psychoanalysis, identity and the self.
Judith Storniolo, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Teaching Professor. Historical and comparative linguistics, Mesoamerican languages and culture, applied anthropology, public policy, oral traditions and narratives, ideology and ritual, Mesoamerican ethnohistory; and pre-Columbian literature.

Emeritus Faculty

Anthony Glascock, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Coordinator of the Anthropology Program. Professor Emeritus. Aging and health, definitions of functionality and impairment, technology and aging, social organization, Ireland, East Africa.
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