If you're fascinated by the infinite variety of human behaviour, Anthropology will give you the tools to really understand cultural difference.

A comprehensive grounding in the comparative study of humanity provides you with the knowledge and analytical skills to step inside different cultures, to study human motivations and to gain insight into how others interpret the world.

You'll also develop a deeper understanding of your own culture, and be well placed to apply your expertise to vital contemporary issues such as climate change, migration and social justice.

Once you've set your foundations in anthropological studies, you can explore anthropological issues across a range of areas and societies – including Australian, Asian, African, European, Middle Eastern and American examples. You will be challenged to reflect on your own cultural world from new perspectives and develop an understanding of the key debates in anthropology of power and empowerment.

Via case studies on topics such as gender and sexuality, responses to climate change, human mobility, violence, and the digital world, you will be introduced to key concepts of ethnography and anthropology.

With Monash's impressive international links, you'll get the opportunity to venture into contexts where you can apply your expertise. Recently our staff and students have travelled to environments in outback Australia, Indonesia, Iran and Timor-Leste – just to name a few.

Equipping yourself with the knowledge, critical skills and experience to truly understand different cultures and human behaviours gives you an edge as a global citizen. As the job market becomes evermore international, and communications further reduce the distance between people, the understandings that anthropologists bring to relationships is playing an increasingly important role in the modern world.

Anthropology can be the basis for careers in areas as diverse and exciting as journalism, climate-change policy making, mining, dispute resolution and peace building, social policy, indigenous issues, development aid and emergency assistance.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Study anthropology at Monash

Traditionally, studies have focused on the societies of Australia, Asia and the Pacific, but more recently we have become interested in phenomena in a far greater range of areas.

Study abroad

Taking part in anthropological studies, you’ll get the opportunity to venture into unique local and international locations where you can apply your developing expertise.