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Anthropology and Sociology

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-ANTSO Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Online - find out more
Study mode On-campus, mixed on- and off-campus and online
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human through the lens of cultural diversity. Sociology examines how human actions in modern societies are shaped by social groups and by wider social, economic and political pressures. Both fields share a common interest in the comparative study of human societies in all their historical and contemporary variations.

This major draws upon the combined strengths of the closely related fields of anthropology and sociology to enhance interdisciplinary research and professional practice. You will focus on local and global contexts, particularly in Australia, South Asia, South-East Asia and East Asia and the Pacific. You will explore how cultural practices, institutions, social groups and everyday life are being transformed in the context of globalised communication, economic, political and environmental change. 

You will also learn practical and conceptual skills to respond to global and local change. This major allows you to explore contemporary issues including family, sport, gender relations, media, education, work and economic change, community development, health, crime and human rights. 

The anthropology and sociology major is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Historian
  • Anthropologist
  • Sociologist
  • Political Scientist

You may also find work in:

  • community development
  • urban and social planning
  • social work
  • sports administration
  • ethnic and multicultural affairs
  • environmental management
  • health
  • housing
  • museums
  • education
  • journalism
  • international development (AusAID)
  • mining
  • research.

Possible careers

International Development

Anthropology and Sociology can be combined with one of the following majors to maximise your employability in this field:

Or you can take the following electives with an Anthropology and Sociology single major:

  • International Relations: Theory and Practice
  • Democracy and Dictatorship in Asia
  • Australia and Asia Transformed
  • Religion, War and Terror in South and West Asia
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • International Political Economy
  • Sustainable Livelihoods.

Indigenous, Ethnic and Multicultural Affairs

This major can be combined with one of the following to maximise your employability in this field:

Or you can take the following electives with an Anthropology and Sociology single major:

  • Japanese Society and Culture
  • Chinese Society and Culture
  • Islam in Contemporary Asia
  • Contested Knowledge: Truth, Lies and Memories.

Why Anthropology and Sociology?

  • Our staff are research-active, working in many parts of the world, including Australia, and have won a range of state and national teaching awards.
  • We provide a friendly, supportive and lively learning environment in which the skills you acquire will allow you to engage critically and constructively with the major social issues of the day, such as economic and technological change, unemployment, political instability, environmental transformation, and the accelerating pace of change.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.