Anthropology

 

About the course:

Anthropology is the study of human culture, community, society, and traditions. It is a blend of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Natural Biology. The subject gained currency during the years of colonisation when the colonisers would attempt to study and understand their colonies – cultures that are different from that of Europe.

Anthropology can be further divided into: Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Linguistic Anthropology and Biological Anthropology. As a student of anthropology, you can either study generally from all the branches or you can also choose to specialise in any of the branches. Most often specialisation begins from the postgraduate level.

A degree in Anthropology will not be limited to the classroom and will allow you to immerse yourself in the cultures of the region you will be interested in looking at closely. Among other things, you will get the opportunity to look at the region’s history, its culture, art, and architecture closely.

Entry requirements/Qualification:

For entrance in bachelor’s college degree, the applicant will need to have passed their senior secondary examination in commerce stream with subjects like maths, economics, and financial records.

The eligibility requirement to pursue master’s degree would require a bachelor’s degree with commerce.

Documents required:

While applying for bachelor’s degree you shall require the following documents:

  • Important documents from school including mark-sheets of high school and senior secondary school, transfer certificate, and migration certificate.
  • In case if it is relevant, you may also want to keep ready caste certificates attested by a competent authority.

While applying for master’s degree you shall require the following documents:

  • Original/Provisional marksheet from bachelor’s degree
  • Migration certificate

Course content:

Some of the sub-subjects that you may study while pursuing a degree in anthropology may include the following:

  • Physical Anthropology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Archaeological Anthropology
  • Human Variation and Adaptation
  • Kinship, Marriage and Family
  • Human Ecology
  • Ritual and rites of passage
  • Anthropology, Culture and Society
  • Material Culture

Fees:

The fee for the bachelor’s and master’s courses may vary from 15,000/- per month to 50,000/- per month depending upon the college you take admission.

Scholarships:

You may apply to the following scholarships to avail concessions while pursuing a degree in anthropology:

  • FAEA Scholarships to pursue undergraduate studies in arts/commerce/science/medical/engineering and other technical and professional disciplines at any university/institution/college in India
  • Central Sector Scheme Scholarship for Class 12 passed students of Science, Commerce & Arts subjects
  • JM Sethia Merit Scholarship Scheme
  • Nirankari Rajmata Scholarship Scheme

Course duration:

The duration of the bachelor’s course may extend upto three years and the duration of the masters’ course may extend upto two years.

Job prospects:

You may find lucrative jobs as an anthropologist in the following sectors:

  • Museums
  • Educational Institutes
  • Government Social Organisations
  • Cultural Agencies and Departments
  • TV/ Production Houses
  • Advanced Research
  • Lecturer in Universities