Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (BSc)
The choices you make during your bachelor's programme are crucial for your future career. Our Anthropology graduates work in fields varying from the development sector to policy work and heritage institutions.
What skills will you have?
After finishing your bachelor's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, you have a strong understanding of cultural and social differences, experience with different research methods, and knowledge of how to apply these methods to fieldwork. In addition, you will have gained a solid foundation in analytical writing, invaluable for both academic and professional career paths.
We help you to shift from studying to working life
Leiden University helps make your transition to the employment market as smooth as possible by offering a range of careers services.
Continuing your studies
Continue your study by finishing a master's programme to receive a full training as an anthropologist.
This bachelor’s degree will admit you to Leiden’s own master’s programme in Anthropology, which has specialisations in Visual Ethnography, Policy in Practice, and Global Ethnography. It will also admit you to several Humanities and Social Sciences master’s programmes in Leiden, The Hague, or elsewhere, depending on how you tailored your third year.
In the LU Career Zone, you will find further information about positions and employers where graduates have found employment. As a student, you can also do various tests - such as the career choice test and the competencies test - to discover what would suit you best.
You can turn to the Career Service if you have any questions or want advice about choices along your study path or how best to prepare for your future. In addition, the Career Service organizes various lectures and information markets, where you can have someone check your CV or LinkedIn-profile, for instance, or can have a LinkedIn photo taken.
The Mentor Network can help link you up with alumni who are working in the work environment that interests you and who can give you tips and advice.
The anthropological study association Itiwana organizes various activities, such as seminars, excursions and information events to help you get a better idea of how the labour market works.
Our 'Career orientation' runs through the international bachelor’s programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. In various meetings, you’ll reflect on your own talents, ambitions, and possibilities and participate in elective selection afternoons, job application training and careers events. Our enthusiastic alumni are actively involved in this process and they’re always pleased to share their experiences from the field in workshops and in guest lectures.
Eyes on the job market
Jobs held by alumni of our programme vary from diversity officer at a municipality to television producer, environmental consultant, fundraiser, coordinator of a refugee programme and privacy expert in a digital heritage project. What all these positions have in common is that they require candidates with a fascination for people, including how they live their daily lives and develop their cultural identities.