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Studying anthropology at Reading has been 'eye-opening' for first-year BA Archaeology and Anthropology student Mia Dare.

The open nature of discussions has helped Mia to approach subjects critically and gain in confidence when learning new information.

Using methodological approaches from the sciences, social sciences and humanities the subject has provided a platform for the study, and debate, of globally significant issues such as; the relationship between humans and environmental change, population growth and development and politics, economics and sustainability.

"During my brief time studying anthropology I have come to understand how important this discipline is for those who want to expand their understanding of the world and the people in it.

The course content covers a broad range of topics, and is relevant to current social and environmental themes. It is also thought-provoking, and doesn't shy away from unconventional matters.

It truly is an eye-opening degree, allowing me to view cultural and social practices from a fresh perspective. Not only am I now able to put my points across with more clarity, but also put forward my own ideas. After all, the essence of anthropology encompasses discussion and debate."

Community feel

Mia's in-person learning has been limited by the Covid-19 pandemic and, like students across the country, has had to learn remotely. The support available to Reading students in this difficult time, is something Mia is appreciative of.

"Department staff always have their doors open, whether it be for a simple check-in or giving advice. The community here at Reading has helped wherever possible. There is only a small group of us studying Archaeology and Anthropology, and it's been great working with like-minded individuals who have the same passion as yourself."

Students in the Department of Archaeology benefit from being part of diverse, supportive community of staff, students and alumni – who each contribute to creating a positive academic environment.

Looking ahead, Mia is very much looking forward to more in-person teaching as she returns to campus and restrictions ease.

Combining anthropology with archaeology

By studying Archaeology and Anthropology students gain a rich understanding of the human condition, focusing on behaviours and global challenges in both the past and present.

Mia reflects that she has found studying these disciplines together "very insightful", and how the focus on practical learning has added value to her experience.

"At Reading, we are lucky enough to have access to some astounding opportunities, with day trips and field schools to locations such as Silchester Roman Town and the Isle of Islay. My classmates and I are excited to visit two sites on Islay – Rubha Port an t-Seilich and Dunyvaig castle – this summer.

Field schools are absolutely essential, as they provide key archaeological skills, important life experiences, and also help clarify which area of the discipline you might want to continue into after university."

Why choose Reading?

Mia reflects on her decision to choose Archaeology and Anthropology at Reading, where she took several factors into account at course and University level.

"Like many, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I was older, and it was only when I was researching university degrees that I stumbled across the discipline of anthropology at the University of Reading. I was immediately drawn in by the exciting diversity of the anthropological field.

The enthusiasm and dedication of the staff and the Department's excellent resources reassured me that I would be in safe hands studying at Reading.

At Reading you will not only learn and develop your skill set, but you will also grow as a person; you will learn how to speak your mind with clarity, how to strengthen your social skills, and there's no doubt that you will have enormous amounts of fun while doing so.

When choosing Anthropology as part of my degree I hoped it would be worthwhile, and I can honestly say it has been."

Find out more about Anthropology at Reading