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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

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Culture refers to the way people learn to value, believe, behave and express themselves. Are you interested in cultures in other parts of the world? Or do you want to better understand what's happening right around the corner? Either way, the Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology will give you a new perspective on the world around you.

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Dual language programme

Our dual language programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology offers both an English-only and a Dutch/English track. During the first one and a half years, when all students follow the same obligatory courses, all lectures are taught in English, and students can choose between English or Dutch tutorials. Assignments will be written in the language of instruction of the relevant group. Concluding exams (tentamens) will be offered in both languages, so that students can choose to write their answer in either English or Dutch.

After the first one and a half years, students follow a number of obligatory courses, while they also select their own study program out of a series of specialisation courses. These specialisation courses will be taught in English. Students can choose between delivering their written work in English or Dutch.

Students will make a final choice for the English-only or Dutch/English language track after three semesters and will be assisted in this choice by their mentor and study adviser. Their diploma-supplement will show one of either varieties.

Study programme

The Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology takes three years. Each academic year consists of two semesters of approximately 20 weeks of college each - from September till the end of January, and from February till the end of June - and includes 60 ECTS credits.

About this programme
The programme director Milena Veenis and others tell you about Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.

After graduation

Upon completion of the studies, you will be awarded the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. This qualifies you for a range of professional career opportunities.

The academic, research and practical skills that we teach will prepare you for different professions, such as:

  • Journalist;
  • government policy advisor;
  • project leader at (inter)national organisations and NGOs;
  • consultant;
  • country specialist;
  • diplomat;
  • documentary filmmaker

Is Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology for you?

Does the following apply to you?

  1. You like to immerse yourself in other groups, cultures and societies;
  2. You are willing to reflect on your own ideas and prejudices;
  3. You are interested in people’s motives and behavior;
  4. You like to read, think and write analytically;
  5. You are interested in working as an intermediary between cultures,

Then anthropology might be right for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme BSc
Mode Full-time
Credits 180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 50035