Courses for your Anthropology degree

First-year courses and beyond*

September to December

  • ANTH 100 – Introduction to Anthropology
  • Arts First requirement 1**
  • Three additional courses

January to April

  • ANTH 201 – Introduction to Archaeology OR ANTH 202 – Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Arts First requirement 2**
  • Three additional courses

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be Anthropology courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo or fulfil additional requirements for your chosen entry program.

Sample upper-year courses

ANTH 290 – Visual Anthropology
ANTH 303 – Anthropology of Digital Media
ANTH 355 – Human Osteology
ANTH 455 – Skeletal Biology and Forensics

*This is a sample schedule. Courses are subject to change depending on availability each term.
**The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Arts recruitment team.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps