Broadly speaking, Anthropology can be defined as 'the study of humanity'. Anthropologists at the University of Waikato are particularly concerned with sociocultural anthropology - the comparative study of the whole range of human societies and cultures in their many forms. Here, the distinguishing methodology is the 'ethnographic' or 'face-to-face' study of specific communities and lifeways. The Pacific region, with its diverse societies and cultures, is the main focus of teaching and research in Anthropology.
Anthropology is available as a major for the BA and the BSocSc. Anthropology may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Anthropology as a single major, students must gain 135 points including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete both ANTHY101 and ANTHY102.
To complete Anthropology as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete both ANTHY101 and ANTHY102.
To complete a minor in Anthropology, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Anthropology major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.
Note: Students who commenced a major in Anthropology in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students may include one of GEOG323, LING304 or MPDV302 in their Anthropology major. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.
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