Students studying Anthropology and Spanish gain an understanding of socio-cultural differences and similarities and how they arise, are transmitted and develop. You acquire knowledge and understanding of the inter-relationship between texts and contexts, a familiarity with debates surrounding culture and identity, both individual and communal, and skills in synthesising and developing ideas and arguments from diverse literary and other contemporary sources. By studying Anthropology and Spanish, students can also analyse a wide variety of literary, political, social, cultural and linguistic aspects of Spanish-speaking countries across the globe. All students follow modules in Spanish language which are of a broadly communicative nature, focusing on contemporary Spanish/Hispanic social and cultural issues and drawing on authentic materials. The degree takes four years to complete (which includes the study abroad year in a Spanish speaking country, during which students can complete anthropological fieldwork).
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Anthropology and Spanish Degree highlights
In the Research Excellence Framework of 2014, Anthropology at Queen's was equal first in the UK in terms of research impact with 100% 4*.
- After stage 2, you will spend an academic year working or studying in a Spanish-speaking country. Students have the possibility of acquiring valuable professional experience by teaching in a school, undertaking a work placement, or doing voluntary work; they may also elect to study at a Spanish university.In addition to the benefits for oral competence, the residence provides a unique opportunity for immersion in Spanish and Spanish/Hispanic culture and to conduct anthropological fieldwork, which helps form your final year dissertation in Anthropology.
World Class Facilities
- Queen's Library has an outstanding collection of resources relating to Spain and Latin America, as well as a range of anthropological topics. The Language Centre has state-of-the-art facilities for language learning, and the IT provision more generally is excellent.The Performance Room includes a variety of musical instruments from around the world, a collection that has grown since the 1970s when Ethnomusicology was first established as an International Centre at Queen's by the late Professor John Blacking. These instruments, together with the sprung performance room floor, facilitate music and dance ensembles, enabling our unit to remain one of the leading departments in Ethnomusicology. •Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.•Institute of Cognition and Culture•Institute of Irish Studies•Two International Summer schools (the Irish Studies Summer School; and the Conflict Transformation and Social Justice Summer School)
Internationally Renowned Experts
- Anthropology at Queen's has international renown in the following areas:Ethnomusicology and performanceConflict and bordersReligionCognition and cultureMigration and diasporasIrish studiesMaterial culture and artHuman-animal relationsThe cross-cultural study of emotions
- Students run both a lively Spanish and Portuguese Society and Anthropology Society, and staff offer support through a personal tutoring system, skills development programme and a structured framework for feedback.
Studying for a degree in Anthropology and Spanish at Queen's will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen's are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline.
The First Destination Survey showed that none of our language graduates were unemployed six months after graduating in 2010. A Higher Education Funding Council report for 2008 also showed that 3.5 years after graduation, languages students have the fourth highest mean salary (after graduates in Medicine, Pharmacy and Architecture).
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in law, business, banking and translation, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. Typical careers pursued by graduates in Spanish can include publishing, education/teaching, translation/interpreting, PR, fast stream Civil Service, and banking.
Studying Anthropology at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are increasingly valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Through classroom modules, optional placements and your own anthropological fieldwork, you will gain valuable skills in critical thinking, cross-cultural understanding, researching, interviewing, writing, and presenting.
Employment after the Course
Graduates go on to work in a very wide range of sectors, including media and communications, advertising, journalism, tourism, teaching and translation. They are particularly in demand in careers requiring a high level of communication and presentation skills, as well as strong critical and analytical thinking.
Career pathways typically lead to employment in:
a. User Experience
c. Civil Service
d. Development, NGO work, International Policy, Public Sector
e. Journalism, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Community Work
f. Arts Administration, Creative Industries, Media, Performance, Heritage, Museums, Tourism
g. Market Research
h. Public and Private Sector related to Religious Negotiation, Multiculturalism/Diversity
I. Teaching in schools
j. Academic Teaching and Research
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Santander and the British Council who provide sponsorship for our year abroad placements as well as Rolls Royce, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Moy Park / MARFRIG who are members of the employer liaison panel for the course.
A growing number of Internship opportunities will match dissertation students with organisations and institutions relevant to their career paths by building on local and international staff networks and professional connections.
Current placement partners include
Operation Wallacea, which works with teams of ecologists, scientists and academics on a variety of bio-geographical projects around the globe.
Belfast Migration Centre offers students of the module 'Migration, Displacement and Diasporas' internship opportunities in their 'Belonging Project'.
As part of undergraduate training, students have the opportunity to use practice-based research skills during eight weeks of ethnographic fieldwork in areas of their specialisation, which can entail working with organisations around the globe.
What employers say'We are looking for graduates who can be our future leaders who demonstrate qualities of courage, judgement and breadth. Where do we find such qualities? Linguists or arts graduates.' Miles Cowdry, Director of Global Corporate Development, Rolls Royce PLC
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Prizes and Awards
A number of prizes and Awards are available during the programme of study.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.