BS (Hons) Cultural Anthropology

BS (Hons) Cultural Anthroplogy

The need for a comparative study of cultures and a holistic understanding of human diversity has never been as acute as in the present world. We are living in a period of unprecedented change in which myriad human groups and cultures strive to survive the onslaught of technology and globalization through creative processes of acculturation and confrontation. The solution to innumerable problems faced by societies and countries across the world today lies in an unbiased understanding of the “other”. This comparative lens, exclusive to Anthropology, allows for a greater understanding of other groups and cultures and promotes appreciation for a multitude of perspectives. The discipline of Anthropology has never been more relevant.

The BS program in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) is a bold step in this context. It attempts to promote a greater understanding of various ethnic groups and cultures in Pakistan and the rest of the world, while offering diverse areas of specialization. With equally strong emphasis on anthropological theory and research, this program offers a balanced and all-round training in the core and specialized branches of the discipline.

The BS in Cultural Anthropology at UMT is tremendously broad in scope. It is very useful for both students and experienced professionals seeking advanced learning. With its wide range of courses that offer specialized training in areas of public health, law, environment, politics, development, art, gender, to name a few, this program will launch its graduates into their respective professions and provide them a significant edge over their peers through its superior quality training. The cross-cultural and comparative perspective, which is central to anthropology, will promote a greater understanding of the self, the society and the others.

Aims and Objectives

This program aims to develop a dedicated seat of learning for anthropology in Lahore. This program is intended to produce high quality scholarship in Cultural Anthropology through its emphasis on cutting-edge theory and ethnographic research. Under SAS, this program is expected to generate a regular flow of research, which will be published in national and international journals. This research would be available to address various social and cultural problems facing Pakistan. At present, there is a complete dearth of advanced degree programs in Anthropology in Lahore. The SAS will fill this vacuum by offering a comprehensive and versatile graduate degree program.

Career Opportunities

Training in Anthropology brings great advantages for personal enrichment besides opening a world of career opportunities. Anthropology graduates go on to take up research and teaching positions at universities apart from serving on policy panels, government departments and agencies, non-government organizations, private businesses, independent research institutes, community organizations, service organizations, museums, and the media; while others work as independent consultants and research staff for agencies such as UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. According to an estimate by the American Anthropological Association, more than half of all anthropologists now work in organizations outside the academia. Their work may involve building research partnerships, evaluating policies, developing new educational programs, assessing economic needs, documenting cultures and little-known community histories, providing health services, and other socially relevant activities.

Program Details

Duration: 4 Years

Total Credit Hours: 130

Entry Requirements

162 Years of education in any of Social Sciences / Humanities /Liberal Arts

Entrance Test

Interview performance

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