Why study anthropology?

In anthropology you will study cultural diversity to understand and explain cultural differences and similarities. You will explore the ways people shape and are shaped by the world around them. Anthropologists study exotic and everyday issues, from witchcraft, sorcery and cannibalism to racism, social inequality and globalisation. You will learn a range of theories and research methods, including ethnographic fieldwork — a key anthropological practice.

Career opportunities

Anthropology will prepare you to work in companies, government departments and non-for-profit organisations in a range of fields, including native title, research, conservation, cultural resource management, social policy and community development.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Arts

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: NCAlbury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: N/P

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 3 years3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Anthropology placement opportunities

A guide on how to locate and apply for work experience opportunities is available at Careers.

Visa restrictions may apply for International students. All students must have approval from Lecturer/Course coordinator.

External Opportunities

The Aurora Native Title Internship Program introduces students of Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Australian Studies, History, Sociology and Social Sciences as well as graduates and qualified anthropologists.  For more information and to apply visit the Aurora Project website. Visa restrictions may apply for international students; consult La Trobe International before undertaking work experience.  All students must have approval from Lecturer/Course coordinator.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. VisitInternational Studentsfor more information.

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About the academic staff

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