Many people choose to study cultural anthropology because they are interested in the world, says Persoon. ‘But students have a wide range of career opportunities when they graduate. Many alumni end up working at international organisations or Dutch NGOs such as HIVOS, CORDAID or the Dutch branch of the WWF. Some also become teachers or journalists. Others become independent consultants who advise municipalities, for example, on minority issues. The field of work for graduates in anthropology is extremely diverse, as an alumni survey has shown.’
More programmes on indigenous peoples and rights
Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
: How are the rules that govern society determined? Who decides norms and values? Why do cultures clash? How do people in different parts of the world present themselves on social media? What influence does the economic crisis have on developing countries? These are the questions you will be trying to answer if you decide to study Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.
South and Southeast Asian Studies
: The English-taught Bachelor’s programme in South and Southeast Asian Studies brings together dozens of peoples and religions and countless languages. It is a highly diverse area, yet it is still regarded as a single region. How is this possible? The answer can be found by looking for the similarities and differences in culture, religion, economy, history and politics.
: Biology is the right subject for you if you are curious about the world around you. Do you want to know what life is, how nature works and how it changes? In the Biology programme you learn to look at life through the lens of a scientist. You ask such questions as why are things the way they are, how do they work and how did they come into being? You try to find answers to these questions and then share the knowledge you discover with others.
: There are many different types of laws, and everyone comes into contact with some aspect of the law at some time in their life. Law governs our daily lives. Even buying a loaf of bread or topping up the balance on your mobile phone are legal transactions. Studying law is about more than major legal cases; in this study programme you will also look at everyday legal matters.
: During the Political Science programme you will be involved with societal problems and their solutions. You will look at how problems relating to criminality, healthcare, economy, the environment, and multiculturality find their way onto the political agenda. And you will pay attention to possible solutions. Which individuals, groups or organisations get what they want, and which do not? What standards and interests play a role here, and how does that work?
: Each year Leiden University organises over 20 different Honours Classes, for ambitious and motivated undergraduate students.