Anthropology and Sociology Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study Anthropology and Sociology at Curtin

Anthropology and Sociology

Undergraduate major

Understand what it means to be human and how societies function.

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    Anthropology and Sociology Major (BA)
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Study Anthropology and Sociology at Curtin

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You can study this major as part of a double degree.

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In our world of increasing globalisation and cultural shifts, many employers need the expertise of those with a deeper understanding of human behaviours.

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human through the lens of cultural diversity. Sociology examines how human actions are shaped by social groups and wider economic, political and social pressures. Both disciplines explore the comparative study of human societies in all their historical and contemporary visions.

This major draws on the strengths of the two interlinked fields. You will focus on local and global contexts to explore how cultural practices, institutions, social groups and everyday lives are being transformed within the context of globalised communication, economic, political and environmental change.

You’ll study contemporary issues related to identity, family life, gender relations, language use, sustainability and development, social justice and human rights. You will also develop the conceptual skills to respond to these local and global changes, and learn how to do research in the social sciences.

This major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.

You can study this major as part of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

Why study

  • The skills you'll gain will enable you to engage critically and constructively with major social issues, such as economic and technological change, unemployment, political instability, environmental transformation, and the accelerating pace of change.
  • Our staff are research-active, working in many parts of the world, including Australia, and have won state and national teaching awards.
  • We provide a friendly, supportive and lively learning environment.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information


  • Anthropologist
  • Sociologist
  • Heritage specialist.


  • Allied health
  • Consultancy
  • Education
  • Heritage
  • IT
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Media and creative arts
  • Public relations
  • Urban planning.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the social sciences
  • demonstrate the ability to think critically, creatively and reflectively within a social science discipline and across disciplinary boundaries
  • demonstrate the ability to locate relevant information from a range of sources and to make decisions about the significance of this information in the development of a disciplined analysis of social life
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through a variety of written, oral and other formats to diverse audiences in ways appropriate in the two disciplines
  • demonstrate the ability to use a variety of technologies and the ability to decide on their applications appropriately
  • show sustained intellectual curiosity by taking responsibility for one's own learning and intellectual development through the recognition of a range of learning strategies
  • demonstrate the capacity to understand social life in a range of local and global contexts
  • embrace the importance of cultural diversity and of human rights in the making of knowledge in the social sciences
  • understand the importance of appropriate theories and methods for undertaking social research that is both ethical and principled

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.


In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-ANTSO
  • Last updated on: 25/09/2022