What can I do with an anthropology degree?

Anthropology develops ‘transferable skills’ in the areas of understanding human diversity, building research skills for collecting and making sense of information, and communicating effectively. In today’s globalised world, gaining a deep understanding of cultural and ethnic differences and learning how people’s beliefs and practices fit into a wider social, political and economic context is crucial.

In the marketplace, employers are in search of the skills you gain during your degree such as analytical thinking, research and writing skills, and the confidence to deal with a variety of social situations. The study of anthropology nurtures the development of careful record-keeping approaches, considering problems from multiple perspectives and understanding components of complex problems. Our students learn to write effectively, read critically, convey complex information, speak to groups and present research findings. Culminating in the capstone project, our majors can plan projects, apply theoretical approaches to research problems, establish hypotheses and evaluate evidence.

Finally, the study of anthropology develops the capacity to understand and appreciate human relationships between groups and individuals, identify cultural/social forces, and understand diversity. In the private sector, these transferable skills are appealing across a broad array of career paths.

Should Introduction to Anthropology be the first anthropology course I take?

Not necessarily. Although there is a sequencing logic to our programme of courses, and Introduction to Anthropology is a required course for the major, you can take the course at any time. Introduction to Anthropology does not serve as a prerequisite for entry into our other courses. The course is designed to augment our topic specific modules that make up our programme with a broad overview of the discipline of anthropology that is useful at any stage as you progress through the major.

Will study abroad courses count towards fulfilling my major requirements in Anthropology?

Yes. After reviewing the syllabi, courses that are anthropology in orientation can be counted as electives. If your capstone project incorporates a language studied while on study abroad, intermediate and advanced level language courses can be counted towards fulfilling your major requirements. You can only count two language courses towards the major.

What is a ‘capstone project’ in Anthropology?

Your capstone project begins in your senior year and is a research project designed and implemented by you over the course of the academic year before and up to graduation. This research project must use anthropological methods and generally is ‘ethnographic’ in nature. The majority of our majors conduct their ‘fieldwork’ in Singapore, but capstone projects are not limited to fieldwork in Singapore. Take a look at the website for examples of Anthropology capstone projects completed in the past.