UNDERGRADUATE ANTHROPOLOGY PROGRAMME
HOWARD COLLEGE CAMPUS
WHAT IS ANTHROPOLOGY?
Anthropology is the study of
humankind. Of all the human science disciplines, anthropology is best
placed to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the diversity
and unity that characterises human life on this planet. Its distinctive
approach lies in its global, comparative, and multidimensional
perspective. While other disciplines are concerned with only one
particular segment of human experience at a particular phase of cultural
or biological development, anthropologists believe that a true
understanding of human kind can only be achieved by studying the distant
as well as the near, the ancient as well as the modern.
Anthropology is a growing and exciting discipline well suited for those who have an
inquiring mind and an interest in what makes us human. Its
understandings help to illuminate the myriad evolutionary, historical
and contemporary forces that have shaped and continue to shape our
behaviour. As the discipline becomes more applied oriented, graduates
with an anthropology background are increasingly in demand both locally
as well as internationally.
We currently offer two first-year level courses and four second
and third year level courses. All courses have been designed so as to
provide an important perspective on the world to students doing a
variety of professional qualifications such as Law, Medicine,
Architecture, History, Psychology or Development. We study both what
people have in common with one another all over the world and the
significant differences between them such as race, ethnicity, gender,
religion, age and class. Anthropology covers every facet of social and
cultural life from religion to the economy, from health to the
workplace, from politics to the family, and in every context from
small-scale, traditional societies to the developing and advanced nation
WHAT CAN I DO WITH ANTHROPOLOGY?
You will be able to practice what you learn in these courses in
any field where you need to interact with and understand people.
Anthropology graduates are particularly known for their understanding of
the dynamics of culture. This expertise has come about through doing
intensive fieldwork research that often involves living amongst and
sharing the daily lives of the people they study. Unlike most other
research, this understanding comes from first-hand experience. Students
are taught how to plan research work and how to carry it out by
observing and participating in what the people they are studying do, as
well as by questioning them and listening.
A knowledge of Anthropology is particularly useful in the following areas:
1. Positions that require
specialised knowledge of particular cultures, people or parts of the
world; eg research posts in national research institutes and development
agencies, human resources departments of large organisations and the
2. Education at all levels, where pupils and students come from a variety of backgrounds.
3. Development consulting and
applied research for bodies as the World Bank, World Health
Organisation, United Nations agencies, and other non-government
4. Museums, radio and
television, newspaper journalism, film production or other fields that
make use of qualitative research methods.
5. Psychology, social work,
town planning, housing, market research, and jobs in the field of race
relations, and ethnic minorities.
6. Medical research, designing culturally sensitive health promotion programmes.