Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (BSc)
Your theoretical knowledge and hands-on research experience fit very well with current labour market demands.
Alumna Saskia van Otterloo
An anthropologist working in the Dutch water sector
"As an anthropology student I was fascinated by the relationship between nature and culture. The ways in which cultures all over the world are shaped by natural surroundings, and the ways in which humans shape their natural surroundings, influence age-old natural processes. This interest in ecological anthropology led me to a job as a strategic advisor with the Hoogheemraadschap de Stichtse Rijnlanden."
The Netherlands is famous for its water management. Water management is often identified with engineers, technical specialists, and natural sciences. However, it seems anthropologists are indispensable, now that the technical organisations and issues they face are becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. Water authorities no longer work for citizens, we seek to work with our citizens and social environment to create long-term effective policies and plans.
My open-minded way of thinking which I developed during my years as an anthropology student has proved extremely useful in my current position. My interview skills combined with curiosity ensures that I ask different questions compared to my more technical colleagues. These questions and conversations raise new perspectives, interests and issues.
Alumna Deborah Stolk
Coordinating cultural relief in disaster situations and conflicts
“The staff at the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development consists mainly of anthropologists. The added value of anthropologists lies in strong analytical skills in disaster situations and conflicts. To be able to offer cultural relief, I have to quickly understand how a society functions.”
Anthropologists are trained to quickly understand complex situations, without losing sight of the broader picture. In addition, they come up with innovative approaches that take relationships and patterns of human interaction into account. This makes anthropologists incredibly strong strategists.
As a Programme Coordinator, I make much use of my cultural sensitive communication skills learned during studying Anthropology. I didn’t recognise the importance of this skill when I just graduated. Much later, I noticed that knowing how to communicate with people from all parts of the world was an enormous added value. For example, during one of the largest rescue campaigns for culture when I had to negotiate with 26 library owners. 400,000 manuscripts from Timbuktu were threatened by right-wing extremists because of their content, but eventually got evacuated in a month’s long undercover operation.
What will be your field of work?
After your bachelor's programme you have two choices: continuing your studies or start working. Many of our alumni work in the fields of communications, filmmaking, development, non-profit, education, and research.
Click on a specialised area to see examples of positions our Anthropology graduates currently occupy.
- Project manager
- Project coordinator
- Communications officer
- Web editor
- Independent documentary filmmaker
- Programme researcher
- Phd candidate
- Design research manager
- Study advisor
- Social studies teacher
- Lecturer in Anthropology
Do you want to see more positions of our graduates? Visit the LU Career Zone website via the right-hand block.
Doing a PhD
With a bachelor's and master's degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, you can also consider a scientific career. A PhD position usually consists of four years in which you conduct fieldwork, write a thesis and teach at the university.