Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social and Cultural Anthropology
BA Honours in Social and Cultural Anthropology
BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology with Co-operative Education
BA Honours in Social and Cultural Anthropology with Co-operative Education
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Anthropology
BSc Honours in Anthropology
BSc in Anthropology with Co-operative Education
BSc Honours in Anthropology with Co-operative Education
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Archaeology
BA Honours in Archaeology
BA in Archaeology with Co-operative Education
BA Honours in Archaeology with Co-operative Education
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Archaeology
BSc Honours in Archaeology
BSc in Archaeology with Co-operative Education
BSc Honours in Archaeology with Co-operative Education
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Development Studies
BA in Development Studies with Co-operative Education
BA Honours in Development Studies
BA Honours in Development Studies with Co-operative Education
Concurrent BA in Development Studies and Bachelor of Education
Note: Minors are offered in African Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Development Studies.
The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology offers instruction in African Studies, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, and Development Studies.
The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology takes a comparative, cross-cultural, and cross-species perspective to understand human beings. Anthropologists and archaeologists consider how humans evolved, how they shape—and are shaped by—their culture, and seek to understand the records they have left behind. Students are encouraged to take one of the field schools to gain hands-on experience.
Students wishing to emphasize the social sciences and humanities in their Anthropology or Archaeology program should register for the BA degree. Those wishing to emphasize the natural and biological sciences should register for the BSc degree. It is recommended that first-year students in any of these programs register in Anthropology 201, 203, and Archaeology 201.
Archaeology: Archaeology courses address the development of complexity, paleopathology, ethnoarchaeology, lithic technology, geoarchaeology, human osteology, zooarchaeology, human-environment interaction, and cultural heritage management. Laboratory-based courses emphasize a hands-on approach to learning analytical techniques. Geographic areas include North and South America, Mesoamerica, North Africa, and the Arctic.
Biological Anthropology: The BSc in Anthropology (also known as physical anthropology) includes courses in paleoanthropology and bioanthropology, which investigate the origins of our species, variation, and adaptation in modern human populations, and the behaviour and ecology of other primate species. Laboratory-based courses examine casts of fossils from the earliest primates through to modern humans, and also human and primate genetics.
Social and Cultural Anthropology: The BA in Anthropology focuses on social and cultural anthropology and adopts a cross-cultural perspective. Courses seek to foster an understanding and appreciation of the wide variety of cultures in the world and provide critical insights into how people actually live and how they negotiate the challenges created by globalization.
Development Studies: The Development Studies program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with an understanding of the issues, policies, and practices associated with sustainable global and community development in the context of both Canada and internationally. Courses examine social, economic, environmental, and political change as well as issues of poverty, hunger, social justice, colonialism, participatory development, cultural beliefs, human rights, and governance. Students gain practical skills for designing, implementing, and effectively managing community development projects which prepares them for further studies as well as employment in governmental, non-governmental, and other international development-related fields in Canada and abroad.
African Studies: The Department offers a minor in African Studies.
For Archaeology, Anthropology and Development Studies:
Students should consult a program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online: arts.ucalgary.ca/advising.
For more specific advice regarding course selection and requirements in the major field, students should consult the Undergraduate Program Director located in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology (consult Department website for contact information).
Admission to the Major
Prospective students wishing to enter the BA (Social and Cultural Anthropology, or Archaeology), the BA (Development Studies), or the BSc (Anthropology or Archaeology) Program must meet the criteria listed in section A.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements of this Calendar.
Admission to Honours
Honours programs in Anthropology, Archaeology and Development Studies offer senior students the opportunity to participate in more inquiry-based studies than those undertaken by Majors. Entrance occurs after completion of at least 75 units. The Anthropology and Archaeology Honours programs both permit students to select either an Honours BA, or an Honours BSc.
The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to Honours established in section 3.4.2 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework. Students wishing to apply to an Honours program must apply through their Student Centre for a change of program to Honours by February 1.