Undergraduate Majors Learning Goals

The Anthropology Department at Temple University offers courses in the four main sub-fields of the discipline: Archeological, Biological, Cultural and Linguistic. With its focus on understanding human diversity and a commitment to developing critical analysis, problem solving, communication and technological literacy skills, the undergraduate major in anthropology prepares students for a wide variety of careers, as well as for entry into PhD and other professional post-graduate programs. In addition to the general anthropology major, students can specialize in Visual Anthropology or in the Human Biology Track. The Visual Anthropology track integrates the study of anthropological theory with the analysis and production of visual media.  The Human Biology Track provides a broad-based curriculum that combines evolutionary biology and the social sciences for students interested in medicine and allied health professions.

1.Disciplinary Knowledge

A. Understand the range of theoretical perspectives employed in the discipline.

B. Understand the history and methodologies of the discipline.

C. Demonstrate familiarity with such institutions as marriage and family life, politics, the economy, religion, art, and others in cross-cultural perspective.

D. Demonstrate familiarity with human/environmental relationships at local, regional and global levels, now and in the past.

E. Demonstrate knowledge of human evolutionary biology.

F. Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic interaction between human biology, environmental parameters and cultural factors in the formation of human societies.

G. Demonstrate a familiarity with the ways in which the discipline is applied in today’s world (e.g., in heritage management, urban studies, epidemiology).

2. Understanding human Cultural and Biological Diversity

A. Demonstrate familiarity with the nature of culture and cultural differences at the local, regional, national and global levels.

B. Demonstrate familiarity with past cultures, the outline of world prehistory and defining episodes (e.g., the origins of agriculture, the origins of cities and civilizations) in that prehistory.

C. Understand the genetic, environmental and cultural causes of modern human biological variation.

D. Understand the biological and cultural perspectives on race and gender.

3. Critical Analysis

A. Understand the relationship between (ethnographic, archaeological, visual, linguistic, and/or biological) data and theory.

B. Understand and evaluate written and visual texts in scholarly literature

C. Demonstrate the ability to apply this understanding to information generated in popular culture and the media.

4. Problem Solving

A. Demonstrate ability to formulate research problem; collect and analyze data; and interpret results.

B. Experience hands-on learning in ethnographic or archaeological field schools, and/or in class related field projects, and/or in service learning placements.

C. Demonstrate competence in evaluating bibliographic resources.

D. Understand the importance of context in evaluating and interpreting data.

5. Effective Communication

A. Demonstrate communication skills in written assignments, presentations and group discussions.

6. Technological Literacy

A. Demonstrate familiarity with software necessary to conduct research and to communicate research results.

B. Demonstrate familiarity with information resources (e.g., library, museum and electronic databases).

C. Demonstrate competency in using instruments/equipment commonly used in anthropological research (e.g., video cameras and audio-video editing systems; lab techniques necessary for genomic analysis; surveying and G.P.S. instruments).

Graduate Student Learning Goals for Anthropology

Temple University’s Department of Anthropology is committed to producing doctorates in anthropology who are well prepared for professional careers in academia, government, non-profit/non-governmental organizations, or the private sector. We strive to produce doctorates who:

  • Have acquired sufficient knowledge of the four traditional subdisciplines of American anthropology (namely, archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology) to be broadly conversant in the key issues of each; to teach a four-field undergraduate survey course (e.g. Introduction to Anthropology); and otherwise to function intellectually and professionally as a researcher, teacher, advisor/mentor, and colleague within a four-field department of anthropology.
  • Have developed broad-based mastery of one of the four subdisciplines, and are able to demonstrate that mastery through competent participation in all relevant professional activities associated with their chosen field, such as giving professional presentations at regional and national conferences; competing successfully for research funding; carrying out original research; participating in the peer-review process; publishing original work in journals, books, and other scholarly publications; and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Are prepared to make significant original contributions to their areas of research specialization, to their subdisciplines, and to the discipline as a whole through their research, publishing, teaching, and service activities.