Anthropology explores what it is to be human. Anthropology study human diversity all types, in all places, at any time. Anthropology is the study of people their origins, their development, and contemporary variations, wherever and whenever they have been found. It is a broad scientific discipline dedicated to the comparative study of humans as a group, from its first appearance on earth to its present stage of development. Of all the disciplines that study humans, anthropology is by far the broadest in scope. Anthropology builds bridges between humanistic and scientific approaches. The discipline necessarily incorporates a wide range of theoretical and methodological traditions, drawing on and contributing to approaches in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. 

The Department of Anthropology started to offer the course since the establishment of Samara University in 2008. Unlike most other universities of Ethiopia providing Social Anthropology as their departmental discipline, our department starts its delivery of the courses in “Anthropology” which incorporates its four major branches namely; Socio-cultural anthropology, Archaeological anthropology, physical/biological anthropology and linguistic anthropology.

The department offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from its foundation up to now in the regular program.


It is the mission of the Department of Anthropology to offer a quality education that will help learners to develop a profounder understanding and thought of the diversity and complexity of the human experience culturally, biologically, and historically. It is also the mission of the department of anthropology to engage in resourceful anthropological investigations and ethnographic inquiry of indigenous culture that contributes to our understanding of what it means to be human.


In line with the university’s vision, anthropology wants to be one of the leading departments with different fields of anthropology in pastoral and agro-pastoral community of East Africa by 2035.


Department Facilities

The Department of Anthropology provides courses in comfortable classrooms that it shares with other departments of the College of Social Science and Humanities.


The Department Head

The Department Head is selected from among the teaching staff of the department on the basis of merit and interest as soon as the college announces the vacancy for the post. The term of office of the Department Head is two years. Currently, Mr. Mesfin Ajanaw is serving as Head of the Department.  

Contact Address

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Mobile: +251-911-594-549

P.O. Box: 132, Semera, Ethiopia


Bachelor Programs

Program Objectives

General Objective of the Program

The general objective of the Anthropology Program is to contribute towards the national, regional and local socio-economic development and good governance endeavors; to the attainment of the national vision by producing graduates who are well versed in anthropological knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Specific Objectives

Anthropology Program is destined to fulfill the following specific objectives:

  1. Conduct trainings in undergraduate anthropology to produce graduates with sound anthropological knowledge, skills and attitudes; recruiting and training graduates who will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding and sense of tolerance, accommodation and sensitivity in the age of growing cultural globalization;
  2. Carry out anthropological studies in the country and beyond so as to contribute towards national, regional and local development initiatives;
  3. Document and disseminate anthropological and ethno-historical information on the cultures and peoples of the nation and the region;
  4. Capitalize on the potentials of the country’s archeological and physical anthropological (Bio-cultural) potentials and discoveries to contribute towards the nation’s and region’s image building processes;
  5. Contribute towards the respective university’s efforts of income generation activities by designing and putting in place short-term and long-term educational and training courses in various anthropological topics so as to contribute towards the building of human capital;
  6. Offer research, training and consultancy services to the GO, NGO and Private sectors in the region and beyond on modest fee paying bases;
  7. Collaborate and network with various GO, NGO and private actors in various issues for national development efforts;
  8. Oversee and monitor the human cultural and social impacts assessment of the various development projects in the region and beyond;
  9. Act as a center of excellence in the respective universities and the country as ethnographic and ethno-historical surveys (Studies) of the Region; and
  10. Begin groundwork to train students in higher degree (Master’s) in relevant anthropology field of specializations.

Graduate Profile

After completing the three years of Bachelor of Art in Anthropology Degree program, a student will be able to:

  • Work as expert and officer that need cultural aspect and integrated development activities;
  • Participate as advocator, mediator and educators for and between the various indigenous peoples of the country on the one hand and the national and international development-agents on the other;
  • Internalize and disseminate diverse viewpoints, assess and apply theoretical frameworks to social realities;
  • Engage in applying anthropological perspectives to community participation and organizational problems;
  • Take part in the promotion of the preservation and conservation of archaeological sites and heritages;
  • Act in the promotion of the preservation and conservation of natural heritages;
  • Participate in multidisciplinary research projects by promoting an understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives;
  • Participate in policy formulation critiques and public affairs;
  • Contribute to the integrated development of rural and urban communities; and,
  • Promote the peaceful coexistence of diverse ethnic groups and work on conflict resolution and transformation issues.

Admission Requirements                  

Requirements for admission in (BA) Anthropology Program:

  1. Students who have completed their preparatory program in both the fields of the social and natural sciences;
  2. Candidates who hold diplomas in related fields from recognized higher learning institutions; and
  3. Additional criteria may be set by the respective universities and programs

Graduation Requirement

Successful students who complete all of their semester courses with a minimum CGPA of 2.00, with no “F” grade will be legible for graduation. The category of courses and amount of credit hours they are expected to cover are the following:         

Degree Nomenclature

In English: B.A Degree in Anthropology   

In Amharic: የአርት ባችለር ዲግሪ በአንትሮፖሎጂ