Major & Minors in Anthropology and Archaeology

Note about the Calendar and ARCL courses:

The course code for all anthropological archaeology courses was changed from ANTH to ARCL in May of 2014 in anticipation of the new Minor in Anthropological Archaeology. Note that:

  • All new ARCL courses have the same course numbers as the ANTH courses they replaced. The course content is the same and they fulfill the same roles in the Anthropology Minor and Major as the ANTH versions.
  • For the current Calendar content for Anthropology please follow this link.
  • For details on the anthropological archaeology minor, please scroll down or click the tab on the left margin.

Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers programs of study that lead to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts. The Department collaborates with Canadian Studies, Classical Studies, First Nations Languages, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, and Science Studies. See also Museum Studies. For information on advanced degrees, see Graduate Anthropology.

Click on the drop down tabs below major and minor requirements.

A total of 42 credits (but no more than 60 credits) within Anthropology, at least 30 credits of which must be numbered 300 or higher. All students considering the Major in Anthropology are encouraged to meet with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program and periodically during their third and fourth years.

Three primary areas of concentration are offered within the Anthropology Major: Archaeological Anthropology, Museum and Visual Anthropology, and Socio-Cultural Anthropology.

First and Second Years

  • ANTH 100 and ARCL 103 or 140.
  • 3 credits chosen from other ANTH or ARCL courses at the 200-level.

Third and Fourth Years

At least 30 credits in anthropology, including:

  • ANTH 300 and 400
  • 3 credits in research methods and techniques: ANTH 317, 407, 408, 417, 418, 431, 478, ARCL 306, 405, 406, 424, 425, 430.
  • 3 credits in anthropological archaeology: ARCL 305, 306,318, 319, 321-326, 405, 406,410, 411, 419,420, 424, 425, 430.
  • 3 credits in museum and visual anthropology: ANTH 331, 341, 378, 431, 432, 478.
  • 6 credits from the following ethnographic area courses: ANTH 301-304, 307, 308, 315, 329, 350-353, 401-404, 416.

A course in statistics, such as ANTH 418, is also recommended as part of the major and honours programs in anthropology and the minor in anthropological archaeology.

 

A total of 60 credits (but not more than 72 credits) in anthropology, at least 48 of which must be numbered 300 or higher. All students considering the Honours program in Anthropology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program and periodically during their third and fourth years.

All students considering the Minor in Anthropology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program.

At least 30 credits (but no more than 42 credits) in ANTH, including ANTH 100. At least 18 of these credits must be at the 300-level or above.

All students considering the Minor in Anthropological Archaeology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program. Students who combine a major in anthropology and minor in archaeology can only double-count a maximum of 6 credits to both and must otherwise use ARCL courses for the archaeology minor and ANTH courses for the anthropology major. ANTH 418 can be counted to either program.

At least 30 credits (but no more than 42 credits) in anthropological archaeology, including ARCL 103 or 140, 203 or 204, and 305, plus 3 credits in applied research methods (ARCL 306, 405, 406, 424, 425, 430, ANTH 418, 433, 495). At least 18 credits must be at the 300-level or above.

There are three recommended pathways through the minor in addition to the above requirements:

  • Anthropological Archaeology variant - Required courses plus 21 credits from:
    • ARCL 103, 204, 231, 232, 306, 309, 318, 319, 321,-324, 405, 406, 419, 420, 430, ANTH 418.
  • Bioarchaeology variant - Required courses plus 21 credits from:
    • ARCL 140, 204, 228, 309, 325, 326, 406, 419, 425, 430, ANTH 418.
  • First Nations Heritage Management/Cultural Resource Management variant - Required courses plus 21 credits from:
    • ARCL 140, 204, 231, 306, 309, 318, 405, 406, 419, 420, 424, 425, 430, ANTH 418.

Detailed course information can be found on the Minor in Anthropological Archaeology page.

Admission to Third Year

Admission to third year standing requires a high B average in first and second years, credit for ANTH 100 and ARCL 103 or 140, and 3 credits chosen from other ANTH or ARCL courses at the 200-level.

Admission or Continuation to Fourth Year

At least 48 credits in anthropology, including:

  • ANTH 300 and 400
  • 3 credits in research methods and techniques: ANTH 317, 407, 408, 417, 418, 431, 478, ARCL 306, 405, 406, 424, 425, 430.
  • 3 credits in anthropological archaeology: ARCL 305, 306,318, 319, 321-326, 405, 406,410, 411, 419,420, 424, 425, 430.
  • 3 credits in museum and visual anthropology: ANTH 331, 341, 378, 431, 432, 478.
  • 6 credits from the following ethnographic area courses: ANTH 301-304, 307, 308, 315, 329, 350-353, 401-404, 416.
  • ANTH 449 (6)

A course in statistics, such as ANTH 418, is also recommended as part of the major and honours programs in anthropology.

Undergraduate Courses

The following are general courses open to all students:

  • ANTH 100, 200, 201, 202, 213, 214, 215, 217, 220, 221, 227, 232.
  • ARCL 103, 140, 203, 204,and 228.
  • ANTH 449 (limited to non-majors and students in the General B.A. Program with appropriate prerequisites or permission of the instructor).

Other ANTH and ARCL courses are intended primarily for students in the minors, major and honours programs.

ANTH 100 is a prerequisite to all ANTH courses and ARCL 103 is a prerequisite to all ARCL courses in the department except those described above as “general,” unless specific permission of a departmental advisor is obtained.

First Nations

Students who wish to concentrate in the study of First Nations and cultures may choose from among the following courses beginning in the second year: ANTH 220, 221, 232, 304, 321, 329, 401, 411, ARCL 231, 420.

The following courses also regularly include material relating to indigenous cultures: ANTH 331, 332, 341, 407, 408, 424; ARTH 261, 262, 376, 377, 469; FNLG 100, 200, 300; HIST 302, 427, 475; FNSP 100, 210, 220, 310, 320.