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Department of Anthropology

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Social-Cultural

Social patterns and practices across cultures, how people live, how they organize, govern, and create meaning.

Biological

Human evolution, variation, and classification especially through measurement and observation.

Archaeology

Human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts.

Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak

The Department of Anthropology's Hendrik Poinar featured in a Nature International Journal of Science article | DNA of 500-year-old bacteria is first direct evidence of an epidemic — one of humanity's deadliest — that occurred after Spanish conquest.

Feb 17, 2017

Picturing Deportation: The Rhetorics and Technologies of Immigration Restriction from 1900 to 2017

The Department of Anthropology presents: Jay Dolmage, Associate Professor of English, University of Waterloo, Thurs., Feb. 16 , 3:30 p.m., DeGroote School of Business (DSB), Room 505

Feb 07, 2017

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Dr. Brian Boyd, Columbia University

Title: "Making Archaeology Work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories", Date: Tuesday, Feb 14, Location: Degroote School of Business, Room 505, Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

Feb 07, 2017

B.A. Anthropology

The 3-year BA program will provide students with a foundation in the field of Anthropology and its main subfields.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Anthropology

The BA Honours program will provide students with a developed understanding of the discipline of Anthropology and its main subfields. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, communication, and problem solving, all of which are identified by potential employers as key skills needed for successful employment.

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Minor Minor in Anthropology

The minor in Anthropology provides students in other disciplines the opportunity to learn about anthropological research, cross-cultural differences, and provides a broad understanding of the experience of being human.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Anthropology

The department grants an M.A. in anthropology in the following areas of specialization: Archaeology, Culture, Health and Disease, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. Students admitted to the M.A. program have the option of doing coursework and then 1) writing a MRP (1-year), or 2) writing a scholarly thesis (2-year) which demonstrates ability to conduct original research.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology

Admission to the doctoral program is very competitive and is based on a consideration of demonstrated scholarly excellence, suitability of research interests, availability of appropriate supervision, and availability of openings. Most successful applicants have sufficient background in their area of specialization within anthropology to benefit from advanced training in the field.

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