B.A. in Applied Anthropology


Program Description

Career opportunities

Applied anthropology students:

  • acquire wide-ranging knowledge about human beings (in socio-cultural, linguistic, historical, biological, and esp. philosophical dimensions);
  • learn how to bring about “good life” for the neediest;
  • choose a specialization: intercultural management or intercultural brokering;
  • can participate in research and practical projects as well as in a variety of social roles;
  • are prepared to work in intercultural areas of business, health, and education, and for work in humanitarian organizations.

Applied anthropology graduates:

  • obtain knowledge from a wide-ranging spectrum of scientific disciplines regarding humans (global biological anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, and especially social and cultural anthropology, and, in addition, philosophical anthropology);
  • get a degree which equips them with a variety of transferable skills that are highly attractive to employers;
  • can progress to MA programs (e.g.. in Philosophy, Cognitive Studies or Social Sciences).

Work placements

Practical work experience from the two student practice programs (3 weeks and 3 months) in the international areas of business, health, and education as well as governmental and non-governmental humanitarian organizations.

Graduates of applied anthropology can find employment in international and national aid agencies, cultural and social organizations, non-profit and for-profit social agencies whose activity concerns the areas of management, research, health, media, education and tourism, government structures (esp. devoted to immigrants and refugees) and research agencies.

After studies, the KUL’s Careers Centre provides a range of help and advice to assist you in planning your career and making well-informed decisions about your professional occupation, even after you graduate.

Skills acquired by Applied Anthropology graduates

Professional skills:

  • our graduates are creative and enterprising, open and critical to new ideas, concepts, theories, and arguments;
  • understand the ways of functioning of different perspectives of perceiving reality and various cognitive and life contexts of communities;
  • possess theoretical and practical skills, such as basic research skills including formulating and analyzing socio-cultural and philosophical problems, preparing projects to implement the planned goal
  • help to solve everyday problems of the needy (economic, legal, health, educational, social relations and other);
  • can undertake management and brokering tasks in the intercultural field.

Communication skills:

  • our graduates improve their skills in interpersonal and intercultural communication;
  • take intermediary actions between individuals and groups from various social or cultural backgrounds;
  • know the principles of verbal and non-verbal communication, use specialized terminology and methods of expression corresponding to current situations;
  • can communicate with specialists from various anthropological areas and with other target groups, using different languages, techniques, and channels of communication;
  • use language and terminology both specialized and one adequate with regard to the target group;
  • possess teamwork skills, which allow them to take up all kinds of collaborative roles.

Language skill:

  • our graduates know and use one modern foreign language at the level that allows them to translate into a native language (and vice versa), and another (Western) one at least at the elementary level (A2);
  • know and use at least one modern language of the non-Western cultures (Arabic / Chinese) at the elementary level (A1) required for everyday communication with representatives of these communities as well as for translation and filling in the basic legal forms imposed by the immigration law (using both English and the language of the local community).

Digital skill:

  • our graduates can use basic ICT tools, such as word processors, visual presentation software as well as web services and apps.

Analytical skill:

  • our graduates select appropriate tools of analysis and interpretation of anthropological problems (social, humanitarian, political, economic, legal and educational);
  • analyze anthropological texts;
  • collect and analyze ethnographic and sociological data, summarize and analyze socio-cultural and philosophical problems, identify their key assumptions and anticipate consequences of activities and inferences.

Tuition fees

  • Annual tuition for Non-EU applicants
  • The program is tuition-free for EU applicants

The program starts on October 1st, 2020

Last updated Dec 2019

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About the School

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin is one of the oldest Polish universities. Throughout its nearly 100-year history, it has been one of the most important centers of Catholic thought, maki ... Read More

The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin is one of the oldest Polish universities. Throughout its nearly 100-year history, it has been one of the most important centers of Catholic thought, making an enduring contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of both Poland and the wider world. Read less