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Archaeology, History


You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Explore the contemporary life ways of people around the globe. Unravel the mysteries behind human cultural behaviour. Search for the answers to the complex problems facing humans in a rapidly changing, globalizing world. Learn how we are all different, and how we are all the same!

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Bachelor of Arts - Anthropology

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours
  • B.A. Double Honours
  • Minor

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What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans as cultural beings, past and present, in a comparative, cross-cultural and holistic light. The Anthropology Program emphasizes the role of culture in human behaviour, exposing students to studies in human evolution, environment and language development/adaptation.

The program is home to a wide range of expertise in medical, environmental and applied anthropology. Search for answers to problems in a rapidly-changing and globalized world. Uncover the forces at play behind human cultural behaviour. Learn why humans are different, and ways in which we are all the same.

Anthropology: Is it for you?

  • The U of S has outstanding faculty in anthropology who have worked all over the world, and has more medical anthropologists than almost any other Canadian university. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to learn about research first hand from those who are changing the discipline with their work!
  • The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is equipped with its own library, classrooms, study labs, computer labs and a student lounge. Our professors are located just around the corner from the classrooms.

Sample Classes

  • ANTH 240: Cultural Landscapes and Environments
    This course examines the cultural construction of landscapes, as well as of built and social environments, through a series of topical readings focusing on historical, archaeological, literary, and ethnographic understandings: predominantly of western North American environments, as these places have been known by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
  • ANTH 332: Anthropology of Contagion and Infectious Disease Critical Gender and Race Perspectives
    Examines the ways in which infectious diseases and agents of contagion are represented in public culture, and experienced in different ways individually and collectively. Students have the opportunity to apply gender- and race- based critiques to the understandings of major epidemic diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
  • ANTH 403: Anthropology of Healing
    This course exposes students to critical anthropological perspectives on the concepts of healing, health, and well-being. Emphasis is placed on understanding the meaning of healing in cultural context, and on the cultural bases of psychosocial, medical, restorative, and transformational therapeutic processes.

Career Opportunities

  • Education, as teachers, professors and researchers
  • Museum and archives curator
  • Lab or Field Technician
  • Government sector, working for departments such as parks, highways, land management and cultural resources
  • Non-government and business sector, working for a range of private companies focussed on, for example:  excavation, heritage conservation, environmental site assessments, counselling and urban planning
  • Communications

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Communication skills: written and oral
  • Conducting field research
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethical standards
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Organizational/Planning skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills
  • Technical skills

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