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Exploring the Human Experience

From politics to health to economics, anthropologists apply global perspectives, ethnographic skills, and qualitative and quantitative methods to numerous fields and careers.

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human beings — past and present. Anthropologists are interested in the cultures, traditions and daily practices that define, separate and unite us. Students in Drexel's Department of Anthropology will gain a firsthand, ground-level perspective on the diversity of human experience, as well as a broad range of critical thinking and qualitative and quantitative research skills that are highly sought after in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors.

About the Curriculum

The anthropology program at Drexel is a small, close-knit group, where students get to know their classmates and professors on a personal level. The program offers courses in the four traditional fields of anthropology — cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology — while emphasizing new directions in the field including community organization, digital media and medical anthropology. Our faculty have expertise and research experience in a number of different regions, including South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe, and students are encouraged to travel, co-op and conduct fieldwork abroad as part of their studies.

Degrees Offered

Student Spotlight

"Our small program allows students to form close-knit relationships with faculty and peers, which have proven to be beneficial in finding co-ops and research opportunities."

Sierra Arnold
BA Anthropology '17

Featured Faculty

Faculty Directory
Usha Menon, PhD

Usha Menon, PhD


Family Dynamics

Brent Luvaas, PhD

Brent Luvaas, PhD

Associate Professor

Street Culture

Wesley Shumar, PhD

Wesley Shumar, PhD

Department Head

Craft Culture

Rachel Reynolds, PhD

Associate Professor

Brain Drain

Career Opportunities

Seventy percent of anthropology graduates have continued their studies at the graduate level in related fields: cultural anthropology, Mesoamerican archaeology, marine archaeology, museum studies, public health, law, speech pathology, sociology, international relations and communications.

Anthropology graduates have also begun careers in anthropology, ethnography and social services, among other areas. Many corporations, schools and health care institutions are using ethnographic field techniques and qualitative methods to understand their markets and clientele, as well as their own organizational structure.

Questions? Contact Us.

Department of Anthropolgy
PSA Building
3240 Powelton Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19104

215.895.1313 |