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.

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BreifcaseAvailable as a co-op and regular program

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Anthropology degree admissions

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

Stefan, an Anthropology degree student, looks into the camera.

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.

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CapEarn a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology


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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.