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.

Program highlights

Pick from 40+ courses. Choose from more than 40 Anthropology courses, including seminars, field courses, and independent research courses.

Conduct fieldwork overseas. Give your degree an international edge by opting for fieldwork in the Mediterranean, the Arctic, or Africa.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take two introductory Anthropology courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be Anthropology courses.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Anthropology degree.

Customize your 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.


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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Anthropology as your major at the end of first year.

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

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