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.
- 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.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
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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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
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
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Anthropology degree admissions
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)
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