Vytautas Magnus University is the only Lithuanian university which offers a Master’s Program in Anthropology.
Sociocultural Anthropology is a fieldwork-based, holistic study of past and present human societies and cultures from a comparative perspective.
Anthropologists study the ways of identifying, investigating and solving social problems that arise from contemporary global socio-cultural processes in Lithuania and elsewhere in the world by using socio-anthropological approaches and perspectives.
The Program offers an intensive introduction to contemporary anthropology. It is primarily intended for graduates with little or no previous training in anthropology. As societies around the world vary enormously in their social, cultural and political forms, the Program is designed to study these variations and the common humanity contained therein. It is also designed to provide the students with a thorough theoretical and methodological grounding in anthropology essential for attaining non-judgmental understanding and appreciation of the diversity of other cultures, significance of cross-cultural perspectives and intercultural understanding.
The Program combines classroom and experiential field-based learning activities that are adapted to each student's career plans. The Program teaches students how to conduct independent scientific research and ethnographic fieldwork as well as applying other methods of inquiry and contemporary research perspectives in analyzing pressing issues associated with globalization, transnationalism, social change and the growth of social, cultural and ethnic diversity.
Students are required to take courses on six compulsory subjects and to select seven optional courses in addition. Practical training, which gives students the opportunity to apply socio-anthropological research methods in research projects, is also part of the Program.
Applicants for the Program are expected to have a BA or equivalent degree in social sciences or humanities. Students whose BA level studies include little or no background in anthropology are required to take "Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology" from the BA studies Program in Sociology and Anthropology during their first semester of MA studies.