Find out what makes us human

Explore how the world shapes us and how we shape the world. Learn about the exotic and the everyday, from witchcraft, sorcery and cannibalism to racism, social inequality and globalisation.

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Why study Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of other cultures and our own to find out what makes humans tick. It helps us understand and appreciate cultural differences and similarities to better meet the growing challenges of our global village.

Through fieldwork and research, anthropology delves into a diverse range of subjects including popular culture, symbols and society, kinship, childhood and youth, body and mind, humans and animals, detention and containment, food and drink, health, development and the environment. You will explore culture and identity, and gain theoretical and practical skills to take into the workplace and engage with the community in a variety of roles.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the current Handbook.

Where can Anthropology take me?

Anthropology takes you across Australia and to the far-flung corners of the globe. It prepares you for a career in a range of fields including native title, social policy, community development, research, conservation and cultural resource management.

Anthropology graduates work as curators, conservation assistants, creative arts co-ordinators, information officers, fine arts retailers, visual merchandisers, commercial artists, art gallery administrators and gallery/museum directors.

Why La Trobe?

  • Choose from a vibrant selection subjects taught by active researchers who work in diverse geographical areas on a range of different topics.
  • As part of your second year studies, spend an intensive residential week 'on country' in Barmah Forest near Shepparton, where you'll spend time with the local Aboriginal community.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record, Honours in Anthropology awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research or PhD program.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

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