Anthropology is the study of humans across space and time. It aims to understand the human experience in different places and times through attention to behaviour, speech, materials, and the physical body. It emphasizes the importance of culture and environment as well as sensitivity to cultural differences.
Courses in anthropology include the cross-cultural study of:
- social inequality
- belief systems
- family and kinship
- traditional health practices
- international development
- forensic anthropology
- the interplay of culture and biology from birth to death
In upper years you may choose seminars on globalization, the body, performance, and cultural ecology, as well as courses targeting particular populations, such as Southeast Asian, First Nations, Arctic, African, and Middle Eastern.
Anthropology is available as an honours, major, or minor.
Find out more about anthropology courses in the academic calendar.
Popular career paths for anthropology graduates include:
- museum educator
- cultural resource manager
- international development program officer
- women’s status promotion officer
- social policy analyst
- field archaeologist
- multicultural education specialist
- artifact conservation technician
- immigration officer
- city/regional planner
- forensic/medical anthropologist
- coroner/medical examiner
"Anthropology, for me, is a bedrock towards being a more informed, self-aware, and capable individual. Understanding that humans are biological, cultural, and social beings better prepares you to work with others, to apply diverse approaches to novel situations, and ultimately, to rise to challenges with creativity and ingenuity.
"At Mount Allison, the Anthropology department is intimate enough to be nurturing, with ever-accessible and interested professors, but diverse enough to expose you to numerous teaching styles and specialties. Should you choose to study Anthropology, understand that the discipline is multifaceted, widely diverse, and greatly applicable to life outside the university."
Double major, anthropology & art history, minor in classical studies (’16)
“Anthropology is a discipline that opens your mind to new perspectives. The discipline teaches you to approach complexity and diversity in a way that understands and appreciates instead of judges and rejects, and this helps you greatly when navigating our increasingly globalized world.
“The Anthropology program at Mount Allison is one that is very student-oriented, with supportive and encouraging professors. Exposure to each professor’s respective specialties leads to an appreciation for each specialty, personal and global awareness, and possibly an avenue to pursue after graduation.”
Anthropology, minors in archaeology and classics (’16)
Hebbs Cross, NS
Anthropology students at Mount Allison may choose to complement their studies by taking part in archeological field schools and cultural exchanges, as well as conferences and workshops.
- a month-long field school or fall semester abroad in rural areas of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and western Ukraine, focusing on the Roma
- home stays with Mayan families in Yucatan, Mexico