What will I learn?

The undergraduate programme focuses on social and cultural anthropology, and archaeology. Course content covers the principles and methodology of anthropology, ethnographic studies of China, Hong Kong and the world, and contemporary issues. In the first and second years, students acquire a general training in anthropology, and in the third and fourth years, their knowledge and fieldwork skills are consolidated by a large number of elective courses, enabling students to pursue their own interests within the discipline, as well as with their own final-year project, in which they work closely with a professor to undertake an ethnographic project of their own choosing.

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of their studies, students will have learned the essentials of anthropology, including ethnographic examinations of different societies, anthropology's various subfields, including archeology, and also anthropological theory and research methods. On this basis they will be able to conduct their own research projects that apply anthropological ideas to understand a broad range of sociocultural phenomena.

Through their training in anthropology, students will:

  • understand the world's cultural diversity and human universals;
  • know anthropology's subfields, and be able to think using their ideas;
  • know and be able to think using data and methods from archaeology;
  • comprehend and be able to apply different theories explaining sociocultural phenomena;
  • be able to design and carry out different projects using anthropological tools and perspectives; and
  • be able, using anthropological modes of understanding, to think critically and perceptively about one's society and the world.

JOB PROSPECTS

Anthropology explores different aspects of human beings with comparative and broad perspectives. Our students become adept at critical and independent thinking, and are particularly skilled at adapting to a variety of different occupational and cultural circumstances.

Our graduates work in different fields, including:

  • cultural heritage studies and preservation, museum professionals
  • education (in particular liberal studies), academic research
  • civil service, NGOs
  • media, publishing, printing
  • corporate research, marketing, public relations
  • cross-border trading, business management

Graduates' work destinations include the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Institute of Future Cities (CUHK), Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CUHK), Ming Pao, Price Waterhouse, Swire, etc.

Many of our students also continue their study of anthropology, entering the postgraduate programme at CUHK or studying overseas at universities such as Oxford (Great Britain), Pittsburgh (USA), and Sophia (Japan). Former students tell us that what they learned from anthropology, beyond factual knowledge, was how to understand and interact effectively with people from a variety of different backgrounds.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (US$ 18,641) per year
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For applicants who have completed only the first year of IB Diploma studies with outstanding results, may be considered admission under special circumstances on individual merits case-by-case. Mature applicants should be aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.0; TOEFL (iBT): 80; SAT Reasoning Test (Old): Essay - 8; SAT (New) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 590; ACT combined English/ Writing or English Language Arts (ELA): 23; GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE-OL: C; GCE-AL/AS: E; IB: 4; HKDSE: Level 3; HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2; Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80%; Canadian Grade 12 English: 70%; Indian Central or State Board Exam Grade 12 English: 80%; Malaysian UEC-Senior English Language: B4; Singapore GCE A-Level H1 General Paper: C.

For international students

You are eligible to apply for admission if, by 1 September of the year in which admission is sought, you possess any of the following qualifications:

1. GCE-AL/International-AL/IB/Other high school qualifications

  • GCE-AL/International-AL: 3AL/ 2AL+2AS in one sitting (All grades must be obtained from examinations taken within a twelve-month period.)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A recognised non-local qualification which qualifies them for admission to a university in the country/region where such qualification is originated (e.g. high school diploma plus SAT/ ACT and SAT Subject Tests/ AP Tests in USA, UEC/ STPM in Malaysia, ATAR in Australia, OSSD/ BC diploma in Canada, GSAT/AST in Taiwan, AISSCE (CBSE)/ ISC in India, SMA in Indonesia, etc.)

2. Post-secondary qualifications

  • Completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Completed at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree/higher diploma or its equivalent

3. Mature Applicants

  • Mature persons aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields.

English Language Requirements:

English Language Tests

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT): 80

Applicants are required to complete overseas english language requirements equivalent to HKDSE: Level 3 or HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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