As an anthropologist, you study what it means to become a person in Canada and around the world. By systematically observing and investigating cultural life in diverse human societies, you’ll understand the ways in which much of what we assume to be natural is, in fact, constructed by our culture. Once you discover that family, art, politics or economics take many possible forms, your notion of what it means to be a person expands and grows. Through our courses, you’ll examine the self and identity, look at large-scale research projects across cultures, and apply our methods to nearly any place — from Africa to the Middle East, or the Caribbean — to nearly any topic from medicine to gender, or myth.We’re known for encouraging our students to participate in local, national, and international research. You'll work on your own projects, and have the opportunity to work on faculty research. Anthropology teaches you critical skills that equip you to make informed decisions in any profession.
The Honours program is a package of courses designed to ensure the highest quality learning experience for anthropology and sociology students. It includes courses that provide strong theoretical and methodological training with those that give students ‘hands-on’ experience conducting sociological and anthropological investigation and research. The program culminates in the Honours seminar (Anth 495) in which students are given the opportunity to conduct research from beginning to end – from the formulation of a topic to its investigation, analysis, and communication – all within a supportive and stimulating environment. Successful completion of this program will provide you with formal skills and credentials that will make you competitive in academic, public, and private sectors and an informal experience that will support your career and aspirations for the future.