BA in Anthropology

The BA in Anthropology is an interdisciplinary programme that provides a strong foundation in the fields of Archaeology and Sociology, as well as learning in related disciplines such as Celtic Civilization, Ethnography and Folklore, Ethnomusicology, History, Philosophy, and Religion and Global Diversity. This degree offers unique perspectives to provide students with the intellectual and practical means to understand cultural diversity around the world, as well as an ability to view their own culture in a critical manner.

The BA in Anthropology is a three-year, full-time, honours degree (NFQ Level 8). It is the first full degree in Anthropology in the Irish university system. The programme brings together two different and equally important traditions of anthropological teaching and research. The first is a European tradition of social anthropology, where anthropology is closely aligned with sociology. The second is a North American approach where socio-cultural anthropology is aligned with physical anthropology, linguistics and archaeology. With this interdisciplinary perspective, Anthropology offers a unique way of looking at human culture in the past and today.

First Year provides a strong foundation in important disciplines that span the broader field of Anthropology. An introductory module will provide an overview of the aims, approaches and transdisciplinary nature of Anthropology. Students then take four subjects at introductory level, with no prior knowledge required. Archaeology (to include physical Anthropology) and Sociology (to include cultural anthropology) are offered as core disciplines. A third subject, History, is important to the study of Anthropology, because in human affairs the present is always closely linked to the past. The fourth subject in first year is a choice between Religions and Global Diversity or Folklore. 

Second Year focuses on the two core disciplines of Archaeology and Sociology, with teaching that provides fundamental knowledge, theoretical perspectives, methods and practices in those areas. Students can select options from other relevant subjects, including Celtic Civilization, Ethnomusicology, Folklore/Ethnology, History, Philosophy, and Study of Religions. This will build a greater breadth of understanding across the field of Anthropology, allowing students to pursue particular interests in those disciplines. There is a research seminar where students engage with theoretical perspectives and contemporary issues in Anthropology, supported by invited speakers from leading universities in Europe and North America. A residential field school at Easter allows students to participate in archaeological and ethnographic fieldwork in a case-study landscape.

Third Year delivers integrated and disciplinary perspectives on Anthropology to a higher level. There is a continued focus on the core disciplines of Archaeology and Sociology, supported by option modules taken across the disciplines of Celtic Civilization, Ethnomusicology, Folklore/Ethnology, History, Philosophy, and Study of Religions. Students will participate in an Anthropology seminar that will include research training and supervised dissertation work in a chosen specialism of Anthropology.

BA in Anthropology (International Pathway)

This option will allow students to study Anthropology for one year abroad in addition to three years of study in UCC. Students will be placed in universities in Europe and North America with courses in Anthropology.

Making an Application

Applications for the BA in Anthropology are made through the CAO system for Leaving Certificate, FETAC, Mature and other EU applicants. Applications from outside the EU are made directly to the International Education Office in UCC. The CAO code for this degree is CK123.

Details of the BA in Anthropology and how to apply are available here