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Department of Anthropology

From immigration to cyberspace to youth culture, anthropologists at Drexel apply global perspectives, ethnographic skills, and quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate world issues.

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 University's Department of Anthropology 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.

The Department of Anthropology will no longer be accepting new students into the major after the Fall 2018 term. Prospective students are encouraged to explore the minor in Anthropology, which complements a variety of majors at Drexel. A minor can be declared after a student has enrolled at Drexel and completed at least 30 credits.

About the Curriculum

The Department of Anthropology is a small, close-knit program where students get to know their classmates and professors. 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.

Faculty in the department have expertise and research experience in a number of different regions, including South Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. Students are encouraged to travel, co-op and conduct fieldwork abroad as part of their studies.

The Drexel Co-Op

Through Drexel’s cooperative education program, students embark on six-months of résumé-enhancing employment, exploring their career options and building a professional network in the process. The Anthropology program offers a four-year, one co-op option, and most anthropology majors combine their fieldwork with their co-op. Recent examples include a student who worked for a community arts organization in Oaxaca, Mexico, and another who worked as a journalist in Istanbul. Students might also work on archaeological digs, in schools, labs and nonprofits, or learn to conduct anthropological market research for businesses.

Learn more about the Drexel Co-Op Program

Anthropology Career Opportunities

Many corporations, schools and health care institutions are employing ethnographic field techniques and qualitative methods to understand their markets and clientele, as well as their own organizational structure. The majority of our anthropology graduates have continued their studies at the graduate level, while others have entered directly into careers in anthropology, ethnography and social services, among other areas.

Sierra Arnold
“As an anthropology major, I developed a humanistic perspective and a useful skillset to work with communities of all types studying social phenomenon.” Sierra ArnoldBA anthropology ’17

Prospective Student Inquiries

Kelly McShay

Kelly Schimpf

Director of Recruitment
College of Arts and Sciences
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.571.4536 |

Undergraduate Advising

Florette Press

Florette Press

Academic Adviser
3201 Arch Street, 147
215.895.1716 |

Jenna Gregory

Jenna Gregory

Academic Adviser
4020 MacAlister Hall
215.895.1805 |

Contact Us

Department of Anthropology

PSA Building
3240 Powelton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.895.2456 |