Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate studies in Anthropology focus on interpreting what it means to be human, based on careful observation and analysis of people's real lives, all over the world. Anthropology looks at the way people imagine and change their worlds – how do people reimagine their worlds after war? What is the impact of global financial crisis on villagers and Brazil, and on financiers in Wall Street? How do religious movements arise, grow, and decline? The answers to such questions reveal our human capacity to change, imagine, adapt, and survive. Anthropologists pose important questions about difference and our shared human condition in today’s world.

Our teaching and research focuses on:

  • Regional studies including Indigenous Australia, Latin America, Pacific Islands, and Asia;
  • Thematic topics, studying major aspects of social life that are the basis of wider projects of comparison and generalisation. (e.g., medicine and healing, economy, politics, religion, mythology, families, gender, psychology and psychoanalysis, language, communication, and media);
  • Theoretical and practical tools, to understand disciplinary approaches and the way anthropologists study and write about people’s lives in many parts of the world, past and present.

The curriculum

Our teaching combines lectures, tutorials, seminars, and a variety of different assignments, engaging students in debates about contemporary issues as well as enduring concerns in the social sciences. For students who have completed their undergraduate program with a high credit average, we offer a year-long Honours program where you undertake an independent research project with a supervisor, on a topic of your choice. The new undergraduate curriculum, for students enrolling from 2018, has a fourth year Bachelor of Advanced Studies where students can choose the Honours program (if eligible for entry) or a coursework option that includes project units on topics of their interest.

Career opportunities

Our graduates pursue diverse careers in foreign affairs, academia, Indigenous and human rights organisations, development agencies, and across various government departments and non-government organisations. Graduates’ superior understanding of cultural diversity makes them valued employees in complex workplaces. Our graduates acquire a skill set that includes critical thinking, analysis, interpretation, problem solving, and intercultural communication.

Credit for previous study

Related study can be credited to your degree as a form of recognition of prior learning (RPL). This means you won’t have to repeat similar units and could graduate sooner. Find out here about types of credit and how to apply.

Current students

Students enrolled prior to 2018 should consult this page.

Students enrolled prior to 2018 wishing to transfer to the new curriculum should consult this page.

Further information on studying towards a major in Anthropology, as well as subjects offered, is available in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.