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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.4 Anthropology and Archaeology
4.4 Anthropology and Archaeology
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology

BA Honours in Anthropology

BA in Anthropology with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in 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 Global Development Studies

BA in Global Development Studies with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Global Development Studies

BA Honours in Global Development Studies with Co-operative Education

Concurrent BA in Global Development Studies and Bachelor of Education

Note: Minors are offered in African Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Global Development Studies.


The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology offers instruction in African Studies, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology, and Global 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 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.

The BSc in Anthropology (also known as biological 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.

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.

The Global 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.

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For Program Advice

Students should consult an undergraduate program advisor in the Arts Students’ Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements. Advising contact information can be found online:

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA (Anthropology or Archaeology), the BA (Global 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 Global 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 3.3.2 Honours Degrees 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.

Courses Constituting the Field of African Studies
Courses Constituting the Field of Anthropology
Courses Constituting the Field of Archaeology