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.
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.
About Anthropology at Waterloo
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
- Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Anthropology as your major at the end of first year.
First-year Anthropology courses
September to December
ANTH 100 - Introduction to Anthropology
Arts First requirement 1*
3 additional courses
January to April
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 Anthropology courses
Customize your Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
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. Co-op is available if you study Anthropology through Honours Arts and Business.
Sample co-op job titles
- Marketing Intern
- Human Resources Co-op
- Marketing Intern - MUCHMTV Group
Sample co-op employers
- World Vision Canada
- CTVglobemedia Publishing Inc
- Summer Coordinator, City of Richmond
- Coordinator, YMCA
- Director, Hubei Business Matching Conferences Committee
- Benefits Administrator, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
- Business Development Associate, Eagle's Flight
- Archaeologist, Archaeological Services Inc.