Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Social and cultural anthropologists study different societies and cultures around the world and examine such fundamental challenges as indigeneity, racism, migration, gender, development, globalization, nationalism, war, and terrorism. The ethnographic approach allows critical insights into how people actually live, how they negotiate the challenges they face, and how global issues have implications for their local, every day lives. Students seek to understand and explain particular human social and cultural phenomena by being placed within a wider comparative context. The program adopts a cross-cultural perspective on human behaviour and social organization and emphasizes links with sociology, political science, history and economics.
Our department offers a rigorous and comprehensive training and research program for undergraduates and graduates alike. Through field schools and faculty-driven or independent projects, students are encouraged to engage in research and gain valuable experiences outside of the classroom setting. We practice a methodology that includes long-term field research to enhance understanding of our own culture and of cultures and worldviews different from our own. Our faculty members have strengths in issues related to resource extraction, military, medical, economic, urban, business and political anthropology.
Field schools are a great way to gain hands-on experience and see your degree in action. Students considering this option must consult with the undergraduate advisor before enrolling. Field schools offered by other institutions can sometimes be credited towards a program in anthropology > Learn more
Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts program have worked as community development officers, cultural artifacts specialists, museum education directors, and government policy analysts, among other careers.
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