This popular BA gives you a solid foundation in the study of human societies, past and present, inspired by a diverse and compelling interdisciplinary curriculum.
Backed by high student satisfaction rates and drawing from our established and well-respected archaeological, anthropological and sociological programmes, this degree provides a broad-based education with an in-depth understanding of the diversity and richness of contemporary and past human societies across the globe; ultimately bringing together our expertise and enthusiasm for all of these subjects in one place.
Alongside specialist theoretical and thematic units, you’ll get a comprehensive grounding in the practical elements of archaeology and anthropology through working in our cutting-edge labs and out in the field. In your second year you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in social or biological, anthropology or archaeology, or if you’d like to take a broader focus, you can continue to study elements of all these disciplines.
The course also includes five or 30 weeks in the world of work (depending on the length of degree you choose), which you can complete at home or abroad. It’s a great way to cultivate the experience and contacts you’ll need to secure work after you graduate. Participation in BU’s renowned field school – the Place Field School – allows you to gain a wide range of practical skills.
We have three different anthropology programmes at BU, which offer a balanced foundation in the discipline. The three anthropology programmes differ only in the weighing of the archaeological, biological, or social and cultural perspectives on studying human life and human experience in past and present. When making your choice, we suggest that you consider the following programme specialisation:
BSc (Hons) Anthropology: emphasises historical, biological and environmental perspectives
BA (Hons) Archaeology & Anthropology: emphasises human history and prehistoric perspectives
BA (Hons) Sociology & Anthropology: emphasises contemporary, social and political perspectives