The field of anthropology covers all aspects of human life, ancient and modern from cradle to grave. The goal is a holistic understanding of our varied ways of life. You will gain extensive knowledge in cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology and archaeology ― and the interconnections among them.

The skills you sharpen ― including critical thinking, research methods, analysis and scientific reasoning ― will be transferable to a variety of careers in countless fields.

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Hands-on experience

Mount Royal anthropology students have exciting opportunities for hands-on experience, including:

  • archaeological field school in Jordan (Madaba Plains Project)
  • processing ancient lithic materials from the Madaba Plains Project
  • processing ancient ceramics from international excavation projects such as pottery from the Dhofar region of Oman and pottery from Yemen
  • urban fieldwork, investigating the adaptations of ethnic or minority groups to the city of Calgary

Students may also assist faculty in a variety of research activities. Paid research assistantships are available for students who are involved in data cataloguing, data analysis, online database entry, and artifact photography and illustration.

Learn more about international study opportunities.

Honours stream

An honours stream in anthropology is available for qualified students who wish to take their studies to a higher level and prepare for graduate or professional school.

Career opportunities

Opportunities for anthropologists are available in many different fields and are expanding globally. You could launch a career in a field such as:

  • agro-forestry (deforestation and erosion problems)
  • business and industry (analyzing corporate culture, public relations, international relations)
  • demographic forecasting (changing size and nature of populations)
  • environment (gauging the impact of pollution and growth on communities and habitats)
  • forensics

For program planning, course selection and academic advising, visit Academic Advising Services.


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