What is anthropology?

Anthropology compares different ways of life. Anthropologists provide ‘insider’ perspective on human behaviour by observing the lives of others, living with them, sharing their experiences and discussing their perspectives.

Why study anthropology?

Anthropologists specialise in analysing, documenting and creating social changes, and can assist in areas such as climate change, mining, social policy, Indigenous issues and development aid.

Major Focus by location
Focus Locations
MajorNote Clayton
MinorNote Clayton

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.

Career options

  • International development
  • Social research
  • Indigenous affairs
  • Conservation and heritage work
  • Multicultural affairs
  • Curating and collecting work

Overseas opportunities

Anthropologists travel extensively as part of their work. Monash anthropologists have travelled to outback Australia, Indonesia, Iran, Timor-Leste and many other locations.