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Applied Anthropology BA

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Career opportunities

Studying applied anthropology:

  • you acquire wide-ranging knowledge about human beings (in socio-cultural, linguistic, historical, biological, and esp. philosophical dimensions)
  • you learn how to bring about “good live” for the most needy
  • you choose a specialization: intercultural management or intercultural brokering
  • you can participate in research and practical projects as well as in a variety of social roles
  • you are prepared to work in intercultural areas of business, health and education, and for work in humanitarian organizations

Applied anthropology graduates:

  • obtain knowledge from a wide-ranging spectrum of scientific disciplines regarding humans (global biological anthropology, linguistics, archeology, and especially social and cultural anthropology, and, in addition, philosophical anthropology)
  • get a degree which equips them with a variety of transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers
  • can progress to MA programmes (e.g.. in Philosophy, Cognitive Studies or Social Sciences)


Work placements

Students enjoy an opportunity of gaining practical work experience from the two student practice programmes (3 weeks and 3 months) in the international areas of business, health and education as well as governmental and non-governmental humanitarian organizations, and a range of similar institutions across a number of sectors.

So, graduates of applied anthropology can find employment in international and national aid agencies, cultural and social organizations, non-profit and for-profit social agencies whose activity concerns the areas of management, research, health, media, education and tourism, government structures (esp. devoted to immigrants and refugees) and research agencies.

After studies of applied anthropology you will have the knowledge and skills desired by various institutions; moreover the KUL’s Careers Centre provides a range of help and advice to assist you in planning your career and making well-informed decisions about your professional occupation, even after you graduate.


Skills acquired by Applied Anthropology graduates

Our graduates are creative and enterprising, they are open and critical to new ideas, concepts, theories and arguments; understand the ways of functioning of different perspectives of perceiving reality and various cognitive and life contexts of communities, possess theoretical and practical skills, such as basic research skills including formulating and analyzing socio-cultural and philosophical problems, preparing projects to implement the planned goal and applies this knowledge to practical endeavors, help to solve everyday problems of the needy (economic, legal, health, educational, social relations and other), select methods and tools of research and work, process, apply and present results of work and research. Applied Anthropology graduates can undertake management and brokering tasks in the intercultural field – jobs most desirable by employers.

Our graduates can improve skills in interpersonal and intercultural communication; take intermediary actions between individuals and groups from various social or cultural backgrounds, they know the principles of verbal and non-verbal communication, can communicate and argue their views in a precise manner, use specialized terminology and methods of expression corresponding to current situations, can communicate with specialists from various anthropological areas and with other target groups, using different languages, techniques and channels of communication; can listen, speak, accurately argue, use language and terminology both specialized and one adequate with regard to the target group, possess teamwork skills, which allow them to take up all kinds of collaborative roles.

The graduate knows and uses one modern foreign language at the level that allows them to translate into a native language (and vice versa), and another (Western) one at least at the elementary level (A2). The graduate also knows and uses at least one modern language of the non-Western cultures (Arabic / Chinese) at the elementary level (A1) required for everyday communication with representatives of these communities as well as for translation and filling in the basic legal forms imposed by the immigration law (using both English and the language of the local community)

The graduate can use basic ICT tools, such as word processors, visual presentation software as well as web services and apps.

Applied anthropology graduates can select appropriate tools of analysis and interpretation of anthropological problems (social, humanitarian, political, economic, legal  and educational), can analyze anthropological texts; can collect and analyze ethnographic and sociological data, summarize and analyze socio-cultural and philosophical problems, identify their key assumptions and anticipate consequences of activities and inferences.


Education requirements

Secondary School Diploma and a document confirming your English proficiency at level B2.