|Description:||The study of human beings and their culture - past, present, and future. Studies of social systems, human systems of communication, artefacts, and physical variations in human and non-human primates are included. We teach three sub-fields of Anthropology: 1) Cultural Anthropology; 2) Archaeological Anthropology; and 3) Biological Anthropology.
Anthropologists investigate the unity and diversity of what it means to be human. The study of our evolutionary background, our material past, our culture, our social organization, our languages, and non-human primate populations will introduce you to the theories of human development and culture. Anthropology students explore our cultural practices and biological complexities in the past and present, and in globally specific contexts. In the University of Waterloo’s Anthropology program, students gain an 'anthropological sensibility' that builds knowledge and skills for life and work beyond the University. In a rapidly changing, increasingly globalized world, it is critical to understand the unions, disjunctures, and discursive changes over time, between species, and among cultural practices. Waterloo Anthropology students learn techniques of research design, field methods, and have fieldwork opportunities that bring classroom learning to life.