What students say about anthropology
Typically in the first year, anthropology students have about 15 hours of lecture and lab time, so roughly five hours over the three different areas - social anthropology, biological anthropology and material culture. UCL has a designated anthropology building, but lectures also take place throughout the university.1st year, UCL (University College London)
My course, anthropology, is really interesting, challenging and very enjoyable. I had around eight contact hours a week in the first year, including lectures and seminars for the different modules. My course requires a lot of work outside of classes - there is quite a big reading list for the different subjects, but often the texts are really helpful and interesting. In anthropology, the majority of assessment is in the form of essays or coursework. There are not many exams, which is good if you are better at writing essays than taking exams.1st year, University of Sussex
I study anthropology. The four core modules in the first year vary between social and biological anthropology (one pure bio, one pure social and two inter-disciplinary modules). All are well taught and interesting, depending on your interests.2nd year, Durham University
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A student taking an anthropology degree will acquire subject-specific skills that include the relevance of anthropology to contemporary cultural issues, an understanding of human society and culture and the operation of languages and power. Transferable skills you can develop include communication, problem-solving, team-working, the ability to gather and process information and the ability to construct convincing and well-presented arguments. There are few jobs specifically as anthropologists, but anthropology graduates are flexible and find work with many industries, including social and welfare, education, religious and faith organisations, recruitment, government, banking, retail and manufacturing.