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Make a difference in today’s and tomorrow’s world

What attracts Dutch voters to populism? How do people in Bangladesh cope with the effects of climate change? How are ethnic or gender identity constructed and given meaning around the world?

Anthropologists shed light on important issues and challenges of our time. They do so by looking through the eyes of the people they study. This unique approach generates deep knowledge of groups of people. In many cases, people who are overlooked or not well understood.

Looking further as an anthropologist

As an anthropology student, you study how groups of people live their lives. Your own senses are your research tools: you observe people as they go about their lives; you interview them; sometimes you spend months with them. You discover what choices they make and why. Finding out what is going on under the surface is your ultimate goal.

As a student of this programme, the whole world is your domain. You’ll study universal themes like migration, globalization, inequality and religion - not only by reading anthropological and sociological literature, but also by doing local ethnographic research yourself.

The Bachelor’s programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at VU Amsterdam is the only English Bachelor’s programme in anthropology in the country.

Admission requirements:

Candidates with a non-Dutch pre-university school diploma:

  1. A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma (see the general guide)
  2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics
  3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

Future prospects

Do you want to make a difference to our world by investigating and understanding the everyday lives of people, and by providing a critical perspective and alternative to topical social issues? As an Anthropology graduate you can find employment as, a researcher at a civil society organization, (culture) specialist in the public or private sector, journalist, policy advisor in local or national institutions, or as a community manager. And if you are interested in a specific theme such as for example sustainability, this bachelor offers you the possibility to specialise.

The whole world is your professional domain. You address universal themes such as globalization, power, migration, emancipation and inequality by zooming into local situations: Right wing voters in Europe, the women’s movement in Egypt, the effects of climate change on residents in Florida, etc. You then link your findings to anthropological theory and previous research, so that your local study generates know-how that the whole world can use!.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2019
2,083 EUR
for EEA students. €8.700 for non-EU/non-EEA students.
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