A sociology and anthropology major gives students an understanding of the dynamics of society and examines social order, social institutions and social change.

Bachelor of Arts

Sociology and Anthropology

Available at Newcastle campus (Callaghan) and Central Coast campus (Ourimbah).


The sociology and anthropology major gives you the intellectual ability to put any facet of modern society under the microscope by providing critical thinking and research skills. The benefit of studying sociology and anthropology courses is that they provide fascinating insights into how society works by examining the way we live now and the wide variety of different societies and cultures that have existed over millennia.

By 'making the normal look strange', sociologists and anthropologists interrogate the way traditions and inequalities reproduce within societies undergoing the processes of rapid change.

Sociology illuminates human behaviour by looking for the links between individual experience and the social context in which we live, work and play. Its central concerns involve questioning common sense views and personal opinion by asking you to consider the social influences that shape our lives. A sociological imagination questions the way things are, in order to think about the way things could be.   

Anthropology is the study of humans and cultural differences, in both the past and present. To understand the full extent and complexities of cultures, and cultural understandings across all of human history, anthropology draws and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences, the humanities and physical sciences. A central concern of anthropologists is the application of knowledge to the solution of human problems.

A  major in sociology and anthropology will provide you with key skills that are very attractive to employers in a labour market increasingly driven by communication technology, information and networks. These include research skills which build capacity in areas such as survey design and statistical interpretation; interview and focus groups; ethnography and observation; media analysis; and writing research reports.

A sociology and anthropology major gives students an understanding of the dynamics of society and examines social order, social institutions and social change.

Sociology and anthropology is a diverse and stimulating major which offers a variety of areas in which you could increase your perspective and understanding, including:

  • gender, sexuality and family
  • class and social status
  • race and ethnicity
  • religion
  • education
  • the body and identity
  • power, normality and deviance
  • consumerism, work and the economy
  • social institutions and social change
  • social policy and social justice
  • globalisation
  • health and food
  • popular culture and media
  • the environment
  • youth transitions

In choosing the sociology and anthropology major, you will enjoy a comprehensive range of study options at both our Newcastle and Central Coast campuses.

SOCIOLOGISTS AND ANTHROPOLOGISTS

By studying sociology and anthropology courses, you could explore a career in:

  • community development
  • human resources
  • policy analysis
  • advisory roles
  • program management and project coordination
  • education
  • research
  • marketing and PR
  • media, journalism and IT
  • statistics
  • health and welfare services

For more detailed information about the Bachelor of Arts, please refer to the handbook.

For more detailed information about the Bachelor of Social Science, please refer to the handbook.


ACHIEVERS

Meet our student achievers who have studied a major in sociology and anthropology.

Mitchell Hobbs

Graduate Achiever - Mitchell Hobbs

Two weeks into his job as the then prime minister Julia Gillard's PR man in her Victorian electorate of Lawler, Mitchell Hobbs found himself sitting next to the PM in a government car advising her on how she should approach radio heavy Alan Jones.

Read more about Mitchell