As an anthropologist, you apply your skills and knowledge to explore the origin and development of humans, societies and cultures.
An anthropologist scientifically studies about humans, early hominids and primates. They examine the present and past biological, archeological, socio-historical, and socio-cultural aspects of humanity depending on their areas of specialisation. Their researches are oriented towards a better understanding of humanity as a whole.
Studying humanities stream with preferably anthropology and securing a minimum score in all the subjects will be a prerequisite for admission into prominent institutions for higher studies.
The common course offered at the UG level in this area is B.A Anthropology. You can either go for B.A, Anthropology or Integrated MA (IMA) in social science with Anthropology combination. The duration of the BA course will be three years and the IMA course will be of 5 years.
After completing UG, you can go for an M.A. in Anthropology which is of two years duration.
After pursuing master’s, you can go for an MPhil or PhD if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent.
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Understanding human diversity and being culturally sensitive is the foremost important skill required for an anthropologist. They get exposed to a variety of values, behaviours and beliefs. Therefore such skills will enable anthropologists to be more effective in their work in an increasingly global and multicultural world.
Communication skills are vital for anthropologists as they have to contextualise the information meeting the requirements of the receiving group. The ability to prepare reports and present them is a very relevant skill that the field demands.
Analytical skills come in handy for anthropologists as they need to collect quality information and analyze them to identify important details and link them to broader issues.
Anthropologists need to be critical thinkers in order to generate productive outcomes from their work by gathering relevant information and then making the right inferences.