From Neanderthals to Millennials, discover what it means to be human.
In a rapidly changing and increasingly globalized world, the insights of anthropology are more valuable than ever.
In Anthropology at Waterloo, you’ll explore cultures past and present. Delve into the origins of human and primate evolution, use archaeology to learn more about earlier societies, or tackle contemporary issues such as violence and media.
Our first-year introductory anthropology course exposes you to the breadth of this discipline. In your upper years, you can focus your degree on the area of anthropology that interests you most: socio-cultural, archaeological, or biological (physical) anthropology.
You’ll graduate to a wide range of career options, including market research, cultural resource management, forensic anthropology, and international development, with the added bonus of work experience if you take the co-op stream.
First-year Anthropology courses
September to December
- ANTH 100 - Introduction to Anthropology
- Arts First requirement 1*
- Three additional courses
January to April
*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.
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
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Archaeological field technician
- Student historical teacher/interpreter
- Marketing intern
- Human resources co-op
- Lab assistant
Sample co-op employers
- World Vision Canada
- CTVglobemedia Publishing Inc
- Target Directories Corp
- Waterloo Region Museum
- University of Waterloo
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
Customize your Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology degree
You can also include one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus for Anthropology students include French, History, and Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies.
What can you do with a degree in Anthropology?
Waterloo Anthropology graduates typically pursue careers in research, forensic anthropology, and more. They often work in research laboratories, non-profit organizations, museums, and government departments.
- Field Archaeologist – Archaeological Services
- Technical Specialist – Edward Jones Investments
- Collections Manager – Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum
- Scientific Officer - Australian Museum
- Transit Planner - City of Mississauga
- Supervising Agent - AIL Traboulay Agency
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, and creative arts.
Pick from 40+ courses
Choose from more than 40 courses, including seminars, field courses, and independent research courses.
Conduct fieldwork overseas
Want to give your degree an international edge? Opt for fieldwork in the Mediterranean, the Arctic, or Africa.