BA Anthropology and English
A Joint Honours programme in Anthropology and English offers students the opportunity to study an innovative inter-disciplinary course that marries two popular humanities subjects.
Students will be able to shape their own degree path by selecting topics from both subject areas.
Anthropology explores the fundamentals of what it means to be human. It takes the whole world as its point of interest and brings one face-to-face with the eye-opening variety of human behaviours, both in the present and from the past. Anthropologists examine the daily and mundane, the rare and ‘exotic’, and the local alongside the global to help address the pressing social issues our world faces nowadays. Doing a degree in anthropology forces you to question ideas and assumptions about right and wrong and good and bad by giving ethically sophisticated consideration to the sustainability of human practices. This makes anthropology the most dynamic, challenging and rewarding discipline one can study in the humanities.
English is a dynamic and diverse subject in TSD. Students may choose from a range of focused areas including Anglo Saxon Heroic literature to Victorian narrative poetry; the bloody revenge dramas of the Renaissance to contemporary bestsellers, from the realist novels of the 19th century to contemporary poetry, postmodern novels and the latest developments on the World Wide Web. This programme combines a commitment to the large historical picture of English (from Beowulf to Tom Wolfe) with a responsiveness to new directions and concerns of the subject precipitated by developments in critical and cultural theory.
There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.
Typical modules include:
- The Renaissance
- Digital publishing
- Contemporary Writing
- Romantic Poetry and Prose
- Ways of Reading
- Historicising Texts
- Archives and Museum study
- Anthropology in Context
- Approaches and Methods in Anthropology
- Material Worlds: Approaches to Economic Relations
- Reading Cultures
- The Body, Culture and Society
- Sacred Journeys and Holy Sites
- Water and Society
- Imagining the Other
- Philosophical Anthropology
- Political Anthropology: Power and Principles
- Kinship, Gender and Sexuality
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme based on your favourite subjects
- Training in research methods
- Fieldwork opportunities in Kenya and Canada
- Practical training in ethnographies
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Wide range of modules
- Dynamic classes exploring real world issues
- Transferable interpersonal skills
- Opportunity to develop independent research projects
- Opportunities to study abroad and to undertake volunteer work
- Taught by tutors who research and publish in their chosen fields
- Field trips and visits
- Interdisciplinary approaches to study and understanding of the past
The programme is assessed in a variety of ways and will include several of the following type of assessment:
- essays of 1,000 to 4,000 words in length;
- document analysis, book/ journal reviews;
- short reports and reflective journals;
- time tests, seen and unseen exams;
- field journals, posters, group and individual presentations;
- dissertations of 10,000 words;
- commentaries and film evaluations.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
You will develop powers of analysis, logical thought and argument within a supportive and encouraging environment. It will be these skills of communication, understanding, analysis and self-management that provide you with a passport into employment. Types of employment could include:
- Teaching/ education officer;
- Local Government, community, local politics;
- Law and advocacy;
- Fund-raising, management consultancy, research;
- Publishing/ on-line publishing;
- Social Work;
- Race relations, community, social work, caring professions;
- Heritage (library, archives, museum, tourism);
- Postgraduate research;
- General administrative and management posts;
- Civil service
- Museum and archive work
- Administrative work, and,
- Marketing and advertising.
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Anthropology and English at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.