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.


Stefan - Anthropology

Stefan fell in love with Anthropology after taking a class in grade 11. Later, he participated in excavating the ancestral sites of Indigenous groups in southern Ontario after graduating from Anthropology at Waterloo.

About Anthropology at Waterloo

Breifcase Available as a co-op and regular program

CapEarn a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology

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icon of network of peopleOffered by the Faculty of Arts

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First-year Anthropology courses 

September to December

ANTH 100 - Introduction to Anthropology
Arts First requirement 1*
3 additional courses

January to April

ANTH 201 - Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 202 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
Arts First requirement 2*
3 additional courses

*The Arts First requirement consists of 2 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 

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


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

  • 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

Recent graduates

  • Archaeologist, Archaeological Services 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

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