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Anthropology Minor

Drexel’s Anthropology minor courses provides students with cross-cultural awareness that will enable them to interact with a variety of people in a wide range of situations. By giving students a respect for, and understanding of, the basis of cultural variation, the minor facilitates work in international settings.

The Anthropology program emphasizes new directions in the field, including community organization, digital media and medical anthropology. Courses are offered in the four traditional fields of Anthropology:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Archaeology

The Anthropology minor allows students to learn about culture while gaining a background in theory — methodology that will be helpful in preparing them for law school, graduate school and careers in museums, educational institutions or community organizations. Students broaden their understanding of the diversity of cultures and ways of life through theoretical and specialized courses.

Learn more about the minor in the course catalog


Anthropology is the study of human beings — past and present. A broad and holistic discipline, it includes the study of human evolution, language, artifacts and culture. Anthropologists seek to understand what is common among all human beings, as well as to make sense of the staggering social, cultural and linguistic diversity of human societies around the globe.

At Drexel, our Anthropology program is primarily cultural in orientation. Students study the varieties of human cultural expression, from ancient religious rites to contemporary social media practices. In small interactive seminars, students learn about the social organizations, hierarchies, beliefs and ideas that structure human societies and the political, environmental and economic processes that produce cultural change. They also learn to do ethnography, the fundamental methodology of cultural anthropologists. Ethnography is the practice of learning about other cultures by fully immersing oneself within them. This is a research method in demand in fields as varied as marketing, health care, government, activism, law, and journalism, and our former students have pursued careers in each.

The Anthropology minor thus prepares students for a variety of careers — in fields like diplomacy, government, non-profit organizations, business and medicine — that require knowledge of diverse customs and practices. It also equips students with the research, writing and presentation skills valued by transnational companies and organizations. Anthropology students graduate from the program as global citizens and conscientious professionals.


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Prospective Students

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