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.

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 2018 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.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the School of Humanities and Social Science or focus on Anthropology.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

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

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course  or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at  another institution, you can apply  direct until applications close in December.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

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