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About Department

The human is in the centre of anthropology. Individual, the interaction between individuals, communities, relationships between communities, culture in its broadest definition and cultural diversity, as historical or modern phenomena are among the interests of anthropology. Anthropology, which is related to the disciplines such as sociology, geography, history, linguistics employs various methods that they invented. On the other hand, since the very beginning, the tradition of anthropology largely have drawn upon ethnographic methods that are most helpful for the collection of an in-depth data about communities and contributed to the development and perfection of such methods. Hence, the creative use of ethnographic methods, which are functional for the investigation of the semantic world along with the material basis of everyday life is among the distinctive traits of anthropologists.

Upon graduation, our graduates can work in different fields such as academic settings, research companies, museums, media companies, public institutions like DIE, DPT, foundations, international organisations like UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, WHO. Moreover, as it is the case in other social sciences, proper education in anthropology presents a novel perspective to work in different sectors. During recent years, anthropology has become a popular field of occupation in areas such as advertisement and market studies in the private sector. 

The research fields of our faculty are listed below:

Assoc. Prof. Egemen Yılgür: Urban poverty, Urban History, Urban Anthropology, Urban Sociology, Political Anthropology, Labour History, Peripatetics and late-Peripatetics, Romani Studies, Hunter-Gatherers, Urbanisation and Urban Poverty in the Late-Ottoman Empire.

Assist. Prof. Alexander Wasse: Neolithic and Chalcolithic of the Levant, Cyprus, Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Arabia, Prehistory of the Black Desert, Jordan, Pastoralism in the archaeological record, Ethnoarchaeology of nomadic/mobile societies, Archaeology of animals and birds, Human responses to climatic and environmental change, Prehistoric art and rock art

Assist. Prof. Ferzan Durul: The Anthropology of Human Rights, The Philosophical Basis of Human Rights, Historical Basis of Human Rights, Philosophical Anthropology, Ethnographic Research Methods, Educational Anthropology (Human Rights Education), Humanities, East and South-East Anatolia Field Studies, The Study of Indigenous Communities in Kanawaki Region in Canada: Mohawk

Assist. Prof. Hilal Horzumlu Tuztaş: Anthropology of Mobility, Nomadism, Visual Anthropology, Rural Anthropology, Urban Anthropology

Visiting Scholars

Assoc. Prof. Ebru Kayaalp: Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography, Science and Technology Studies, Disaster Studies, Risk and Uncertainty, Anthropocene, Neoliberalism, Agriculture, Governmentality, Regulation, Ethnography of Media, Media and Communication, Cultural Studies, Gender, Race and Class.

Assist. Prof. Ali Sipahi: Late Ottoman and Republican history, urban studies, historical anthropology, philosophy of history, collective violence

Assist. Prof. Gözde Dalan: Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Communication Theories, Research Methods, Media Studies

Assist. Prof. Kiraz Huri Özdoğan: Ecology, Ethnicity, Animal and Plant Studies

Assist. Prof. Mehmet Tolga Uslu: Historical Anthropology, Economic Anthropology, Sociology of Economics, Humanities

Terms Application

Master’s Degree Programs Admission Requirements

- Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.

- For Research Master’s degree programs (Master’s degree programs with thesis), the minimum required ALES score is 55. (Test results older than three years from the date of the application are not valid and will not be accepted). Candidates who do not have ALES certificate at the application date may register as a "special student".

- For English language proficiency, the minimum required YDS score is 55 and minimum required TOEFL score is 66 (Test results older than five years from the date of the application are not valid and will not be accepted).

Vision Mission

Our Mission

We, as the staff of the Anthropology department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yeditepe University, aim to grow a new generation of anthropologists who is distinctive with their practical field skills and capable of conceptual thinking, and creative social scientists. 

Our Vision

We are aware of the fact that there is no single way for collection and examination of the accuracy of knowledge. We respect the emphasis on multiple epistemologies. Our ideal is to prove different anthropology traditions and the understandings of social science can cohabit with our mere existence.




Full Time 

Prof. Mehmet Bayraktar

Assoc. Prof. Egemen Yılgür

Assist. Prof. Alexander Wasse

Assist. Prof. Ayşe Hilal Tuztaş Horzumlu

Assist. Prof. Ferzan Durul


Aim and Goal: The Anthropology program is based on the assumption that an understanding of today's societies requires comprehensive research and analysis of the many complex cultural dynamics, which underlie all societies. The aim of this program is to provide students with the theoretical foundation, research skills, and basic knowledge of different cultures that will enable them to study contemporary social and cultural problems, issues and phenomena from an in-depth and cross-cultural perspective. Anthropology offers a variety of historical and comparative approaches to the comprehension of cultural and physical forms, ranging from the study of human evolution to the development of an understanding of societies and their symbols. The undergraduate program designed to provide the broad multi-disciplinary foundations upon which the discipline rests. Anthropology often leads to careers in research and/or teaching at both universities and museums. Positions in the other social science fields are also options for graduates.

The Degree:  This department is compatible with the 120-ECTS credit first-cycle programme in physics in the higher education. One can be the “Master of Arts in Anthropology” after accomplishing the requirements of the programme.

Admission Conditions:

  • Bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • For Research Master’s degree programs (Master’s degree programs with thesis), the minimum required ALES score is 55 (The period of validity is five years).
  • For English language proficiency, the minimum required YOKDIL, YDS score is 55, and the minimum required TOEFL score is 66.
  • Letter of Intent in English: 

Letter of intent that the candidates would provide has to include these items: Brief explanation of the topic that the candidate would study if accepted (1), and the reasons behind his / her choice of the field of anthropology, in general (2), and Anthropology department at Yeditepe University, in particular (3), referring to the anthropology and social science literature. 

Employment Prospects for the Graduates: Our graduates work in industry (especially in calibration laboratories, sections like R&D, software, project development, health industry etc.), find various kinds of jobs in education or can make academic career.  We have active collaboration with governmental (such as National Metrology Institute, called UME), industrial and standards laboratories (such as the TSE) in relation to student internments, joint projects, work placements and graduate employment opportunities.

Besides this, since they can carry out a “double-major” or “minor” programme in one of the engineering departments, such as Electrical Eng., Mechanical Eng., System and Industrial Eng., together with the Physics Dept., they can find other opportunities in various areas of application.

Conditions for Graduation:

To complete the program, students will be required to take a total of 24 credits, equivalent of four courses per semester for two semesters. Each term students will take two compulsory courses and at least two electives. After successful completion of the required course work, students will be expected to conduct research and write an MA thesis based on their findings. Students generally finish their course work in one year and their research in the second year.


Monday, 3 May, 2021 - 11:20
The application period for Anthropology PhD and MA programs has started. For online application: ebs.yeditepe.edu.tr 
Wednesday, 5 February, 2020 - 10:58
Dear Graduate and Candidate Students The sources in the list below are the primary anthropology texts which we recommend for MA-PhD candidates.  Besides, students who would apply the proficiency exam has to choose a sample, which comprises those that most relevant to their research...
Monday, 12 October, 2020 - 08:55
Yeditepe University Press published a new edited book, 'İnsanın Tarih Yolculuğu' (The History Journey of Human), to which our faculty member, associate professor Ferzan Durul contributed as the editor and the chapter author. The book sheds light on the different phases of the history of...
Sunday, 19 July, 2020 - 08:05
Assistant Professor Alexander Wasse, who is faculty in the anthropology department, published an article, 'Time out of Joint: A Re-assessment of the Cypriot Aceramic Neolithic Site of Kalavasos-Tenta and its Regional Implications' in one of the leading archaeology journals, 'Levant the Journal of...
Wednesday, 20 May, 2020 - 18:16
A Story of Social Entrepreneurship In the event, which was co-organized by the Anthropology Club and our department; Ece Çiftçi, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of SosyalBen Foundation, shared the field studies that they conducted in order to strengthen the awareness of social...
Monday, 27 April, 2020 - 12:32
Our department member Assist. Prof. Ferzan Durul wrote the first chapter of the new book, ‘The Culture that Shaped us: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology’, the purpose of which is to introduce the basic subjects, concepts, history, theories and methods of the social and cultural...
Monday, 20 April, 2020 - 14:43
Dr Ferzan Durul and Selda Sevencan, a scholarship student of Anthropology Master’s Program of the Institute of Social Sciences, have rearranged the archives of the Anthropology department that have been accumulated over a period of 18 years. Our archive, which includes the studies of department...