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Anthropology (BA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Anthropology?

As an anthropologist, you study what it means to become a person in Canada and around the world. By systematically observing and investigating cultural life in diverse human societies, you’ll understand the ways in which much of what we assume to be natural is, in fact, constructed by our culture.

Once you discover that family, art, politics or economics take many possible forms, your notion of what it means to be a person expands and grows. Through our courses, you’ll examine the self and identity, look at large-scale research projects across cultures, and apply our methods to nearly any place — from Africa to the Middle East, or the Caribbean — to nearly any topic from medicine to gender, or myth.

We’re known for encouraging our students to participate in local, national, and international research. You'll work on your own projects, and have the opportunity to work on faculty research. Anthropology teaches you critical skills that equip you to make informed decisions in any profession.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Concentrations

  • Honours in Anthropology (60 credits)
    The Honours program is a package of courses designed to ensure the highest quality learning experience for anthropology and sociology students. It includes courses that provide strong theoretical and methodological training with those that give students ‘hands-on’ experience conducting sociological and anthropological investigation and research. The program culminates in the Honours seminar (Anth 495) in which students are given the opportunity to conduct research from beginning to end – from the formulation of a topic to its investigation, analysis, and communication – all within a supportive and stimulating environment. Successful completion of this program will provide you with formal skills and credentials that will make you competitive in academic, public, and private sectors and an informal experience that will support your career and aspirations for the future.
  • Specialization in Anthropology (60 credits)
  • Major in Anthropology (42 credits)
  • Minor in Anthropology (30 credits)


Courses


Co-op program

The Co-op program gives academically strong students a chance to bridge university life and the working world by completing paid work terms. Co-op students graduate with job-search skills, enhanced personal and professional skills as well as a year’s worth of work experience. Your work may include:

  • Community and social engagement
  • Sustainability programs
  • Development projects, execution and evaluation of social economy/community


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 22 (Honours: 28)
  • High School: B- (Honours: B+)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B- (Honours: B+)
  • Bacc. français: 12 (Honours: 14)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 (Honours: 31)

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:

Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Because social science forms the backbone of so much of today’s work, both public and private, the fundamental skills you learn in our program will equip you to make structured and informed decisions, in any profession, including:

  • Market research
  • Urban planning
  • Regional or overseas development programs
  • Private sector social research agencies

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