Undergraduate study in Anthropology

What can you study in Anthropology?

In Anthropology you can study topics ranging from human evolution and the development of human culture to aspects of modern society.

Archaeology examines the development of human culture from its earliest beginnings to the present. You can study the archaeology of New Zealand, the Pacific and other regions, and archaeological methods.

Biological Anthropology concerns our species, Homo sapiens, from a biological point of view. You can study primates, human growth, genetics and fossil materials.

Ethnomusicology considers music in the context of human cultural life. Ethnomusicology is also a separate subject in its own right  - see the webpages for Ethnomusicology.

In Social Anthropology we examine different cultures and ways of life, ranging from African tribal communities to contemporary Polynesia and modern New Zealand and Europe. Social anthropologists use many different perspectives to consider human social life, the environment and culture. Find out more about Social Anthropology.
 

Undergraduate programmes in Anthropology

You can study Anthropology as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Anthropology will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Anthropology as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Anthropology. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Anthropology

For help with degree planning

Arts Students' Centre

Planning your BA major in Anthropology

Try to choose your Stage I courses with some idea of which sub-discipline of Anthropology you may want to pursue in later years. For example, if you are interested in Biological Anthropology, take ANTHRO 102: Introduction to Biological Anthropology plus one other Stage I Anthropology course.

To major in Anthropology, you must take at least one of the Stage II core courses to allow you to progress to Stage III in your sub-discipline.

At Stage III your choice of courses should be guided by your chosen specialisation.