Understanding humanity in context

From prehistoric humanity all the way to contemporary cultural diversity, anthropologists engage with a wide range of issues and phenomena that affect individual and public life.

Waterloo's Anthropology research and teaching expertise covers three major sub-fields of the discipline: sociocultural anthropology, archaeological anthropology, and biological (physical) anthropology.


 Winter 2020 Courses

Course Code Course Title Instructor
ANTH 100 Introduction to Anthropology Christopher Watts
ANTH 105 Prehistoric Peoples and Places Robert Park
ANTH 201 / CLAS 221 Introduction to Archaeology Russell Adams
ANTH 202 Social and Cultural Anthropology Nicole Hayes
ANTH 204 Biological Anthropology Laura Bolt
INDG 272 / ANTH 272 Issues in Contemporary Indigenous Communities in Canada Lori Campbell (STP)
ANTH 289 Special Topics in Anthropology  (Topic: Primate Behaviour) Laura Bolt
ANTH 311 / RS 361 (.pdf) Anthropology of Religion Seçil Daǧtaș
ANTH 321 / CLAS 321 Archaeology of Complex Cultures Russell Adams
ANTH 447 Global Health and Medical Anthropology Jennifer Liu
ANTH 455 Skeletal Biology and Forensics Thomas Siek

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Spring 2020 Courses

Course Code Course Title Instructor
ANTH 100 Introduction to Anthropology  
ANTH 202 Social & Cultural Anthropology  
ANTH 221 Language and Society  
ANTH 241 Food as Culture  
ANTH 372 Archaeological Field School  

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  1. Jan. 10, 2020Anthropology research finds deforestation is changing animal communication
    Black Howler Monkey in tree

    Deforestation is changing the way monkeys communicate in their natural habitat, according to a new study led by Laura Bolt, an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology. The research offers the first evidence in animal communication scholarship of differences in vocal behaviours in response to different types of forest edge areas, particularly areas changed by human activity.

  2. Dec. 20, 2019Dr. Alexis Dolphin wins CFI-JELF grant

    Congratulations to Dr. Alexis Dolphin for receiving a Canadian Foundation for Innovation – John R. Evans Leaders Fund grant ($233,000) in support of her work founding the “Ancient and Contemporary Environmental Bioindicators Laboratory (ACEBioLab)” in the Department of Anthropology. 

  3. Sep. 25, 2019Anthropology Graduate Student earns his PhD

    Congratulations to 2014 Public Issues Anthropology Masters graduate Thomas Siek on recently completing his PhD through the Institute of Archaeology at University College London.

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