Cultural Diversity and Ethics in India

Students please confirm with your academic advisor if ANTH 370 counts for your engineering ethics requirement.

Why Anthropology? Anthropology is the holistic study of humanity, both past and present. Anthropology is therefore a very diverse subject and its fields of study incorporated a wide cross-section of the university. The lessons that Anthropology offer, particularly those relating to the nuanced nature of shared humanity and cultural diversity, are relevant to all walks of life.

This course, purposefully designed for STEM majors, uses real-world examples and case studies to explore the diverse nature of human culture and ethics globally. This section is structured around a 3-week trip to Mumbai, India. In this writing intensive (‘W’), collaborative and reflective class, students will use an anthropological mindset to assess and address the sociocultural impacts of engineering and other types of projects in global settings. Through experiencing the remarkable culture and history of India firsthand, students will develop an appreciation of the power of culture to define morality and normalcy—an appreciation that cannot be replicated in a classroom. Furthermore, they will develop skills necessary to communicate respectfully and function in an increasingly globalized society and economy. These skills will be integral to their future success in navigating diverse industries that often take workers to locations around the world.


    • Locations: Mumbai, India
    • Dates: June 1 - June 17, 2018

Location Information

Mumbai, India

Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. Mumbai lies on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbor. Mumbai is India’s financial powerhouse and fashion epicenter.  It has India’s most prolific film industry and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone. The heart of the city contains some of the grandest colonial-era architecture on the planet but explore a little more and you’ll uncover unique bazaars, hidden temples, hipster enclaves and India’s premier restaurants and nightlife.

For more information contact

Faculty Leader

Dr. Sheela Athreya
Department of Anthropology
Anthropology 316E | (979) 845-4785

Engineering Global Programs
Engineering Activities Building A

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Ms. Kelly Woodfine 
Study Abroad Program Office
3262 TAMU | (979) 845-0544

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Courses Offered

ANTH 370 - Cultural Diversity and Ethics (3 CR)

Prerequisites: Senior or Junior Classification or the approval of the instructor

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Approval of the professor
  • Required to attend ALL program specific orientations

Scholarship & Financial Aid


The Study Abroad Programs Office offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through Scholarships & Financial Aid and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens Nov. 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 1, 2018. To apply, please visit:

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of Texas A&M University study abroad programs. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or (979) 845-3236.

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)Cost
Housing, Tours, Excursions, Meals, Coordination and Administration, Faculty Expenses, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), SAPO Administrative Fee, Miscellaneous $2,900
Additional Expenses (not included in program fee) 
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 3 credit hours)* - billed by SBS $1,200
International Airfare (estimate) $1,400
Passport (if not previously obtained) $145
Personal Spending (varies; estimated at $100/week) $200+
Textbooks & Supplies (estimate) $100+
Total Estimated Cost$5,945+

Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.