Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Anthropology is the study of different societies around the world — their origins, development and cultural similarities and differences. 

Using the theories and methods of anthropology we explore how people in the world are subjected to, participate in and contest the processes of living in a world that is interconnected by new and powerful economic, cultural and technological forces.

Our program is ranked in the top 100 Anthropology programs in the world, and top 10 in Canada, according to QS Rankings, 2021. With 17 faculty members and five affiliates, we are one of the largest socio-cultural Anthropology departments in Canada. We offer a comprehensive and engaging program of study with a large selection of course offerings. 

We offer a major program, as well as minors/certificates in Medical Anthropology and Advocacy & Public Engagement Training. Our programs focus on experiential education with a capstone placement course.  Our courses explore a wide variety of topics such as:

  • development and the environment
  • media and popular culture
  • health
  • illness and disability
  • gender and sexualities
  • tourism
  • religion and science
  • diasporic communities and displaced peoples
  • violence and conflict
  • the colonial process

Other courses focus on processes of change in the prehistoric and historic past. Our overall goal is to prepare you to ask questions about contemporary, past and future social life and to provide you with the critical analytic tools to understand our place in the social and cultural diversity of the world, past and present.

Our faculty members have national and international reputations for scholarship, engaged advocacy and excellence in teaching.

Our program offers an intensive emphasis on experiential education with a focus on Advocacy & Public Engagement; and includes a fourth year work placement option. Learn the critical research and writing skills that will make you an effective advocate in business, non-governmental advocacy agencies, and in government policy.


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