Wide-ranging fields of study
Department members teach on the following topics:
- Globalization, transnationalism and development
- Identity and culture
- Environmental politics, conflicts and governance
- Skeletal biology, growth and development
- Forensic anthropology
- Childhood and adolescence
- Gender and sexuality
- Social justice and human rights
- Health, disease and health care
- Hunter-gatherer societies
- Ancient technology
Worldwide field sites
Anthropologists in the department engage in active field and laboratory work, bringing that experience into the classroom as an integral part of their teaching. Research field sites have been located in:
- Canada (Manitoba, Ontario, Arctic, West-Coast)
- Latin America (Peru, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Cuba)
- Africa (West Africa, South Africa)
- Asia (China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal)
- the Middle East (Israel, Turkey)
- The Caribbean
Labs to enhance studies
UM is home to multiple anthropology laboratories including the Bioanthropology Digital Image Analysis Lab, the Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Lab and the CT Shay Palaeobotanical Collection. These resources permit advanced study and research in osteology, archaeology, zooarchaeology and lithic and botanical analyses.
Anthropology draws on deep resources within the department and across the university to explore research questions. This stimulates disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that provides unique student opportunities.
Students gain skills including:
- qualitative interviewing
- quantitative methods
- report writing
- cross-cultural communication
- ability to analyze the root causes of social problems
Anthropology graduates acquire skills useful in many careers, including those in:
- Government agencies
- Community and social services
- Museums and archives
- Community/International development agencies
- Business and market research firms
- Cultural resource management agencies
- Parks and historic sites
A bachelor’s degree in anthropology also serves as suitable preparation for further studies in education, nursing, medicine or law.
The Faculty of Arts offers three-year and four-year undergraduate degree options in anthropology in which students acquire an increased knowledge and understanding of human cultures.
BA degrees at a glance
BA General: 90 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all courses in the chosen major. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
BA Advanced: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all faculty-required courses. Students select a major and minor program of study or a double major in lieu of a minor.
BA Honours: 120 credit hours of study with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all courses. Students do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects for the double honours program. This is the preferred program for students looking to pursue graduate studies.
Bachelor of Arts (General)
Expected duration: 3 years
The general program offers general exposure to the humanities and social sciences and an opportunity to concentrate studies in at least two subject areas. This program is particularly suited to students who wish to seek employment or enter a professional academic program following graduation from Arts.
A student must complete 90 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the major.
You can complete the BA General degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
Expected duration: 4 years
The advanced program offers a general education along with a reasonable degree of specialization in one area of study through the major.
Graduates of the advanced major program who demonstrate high academic performance may be eligible for entrance to graduate studies. The advanced degree is also well suited to students seeking to build an academic term or year of studies abroad into their undergraduate degree.
To earn a BA Advanced degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all faculty-required courses. The program requires at least 48 credit hours in a major subject area, as well as a minor field of study that includes a minimum of 18 credit hours in a subject area. In lieu of a minor, students may complete a double advanced major program.
Students should apply to enter the advanced program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete this degree on a part-time basis.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Expected duration: 4 years
The honours program offers a rigorous examination of a particular subject area for those who desire a more specialized undergraduate preparation. This is the preferred program for students who wish to continue their education at the graduate level.
Students normally enter the program after first year, although you may be eligible to enter the program later in your undergraduate studies.
To earn a BA Honours degree, a student must successfully complete 120 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses.
Students in the honours program do not complete a major and a minor, but rather an honours subject, or two subjects in the case of a double honours program. The program differs from the advanced program by requiring more courses in the honours field and by providing a greater intensity and depth of study.
Students should apply to enter the honours program only after successfully completing a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework.
You can complete the honours program on a part-time basis.
Earning a minor in Arts
A minor is comprised of 18 credit hours which are in a subject field that is different from a declared major. To earn a minor in a subject field as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, a student must successfully complete 18 credit hours in a subject field approved by the Faculty of Arts as a minor.
Minors offered by the Faculty of Arts are listed under each area of study’s section of the Academic Calendar. Arts students may complete minor programs offered by other Faculties/Schools providing the minor program consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours and all other degree requirements are satisfied.
Degree requirements for all BA degrees
Students in the BA General, BA Advanced and BA Honours degree must complete the following requirements as part of their degree:
- 6 credit hours of humanities
- 6 credit hours of social sciences
- 6 credit hours of sciences
- 3 credit hours of written English (W)
- 3 credit hours of mathematics (M)
- 3 credit hours of Indigenous course content (students entering as of fall 2021)
- 6 credit hours in each of 5 different subject fields
The 3 credit hours of written English and 3 credit hours of mathematics are to satisfy the written English and mathematics requirement.
For full details on these requirements, refer to the Academic Calendar.
Arts - Co-operative Education Program
The Faculty of Arts Co-operative Education Program is an excellent way for students to enhance their classroom learning with on-the-job experience. Students in anthropology, central and East European studies, economics, German, history, labour studies, linguistics, political studies and psychology can alternate regular academic terms with paid, full-time employment.
Learn more about the Arts Co-op Program
Four sub-disciplines are offered: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and anthropological linguistics.
Archaeology deals with the reconstruction of past ways of human life through the recovery and analysis of the material remains from past cultures.
Archaeologists help us understand how people lived, survived, and interacted with each other in the past. They explore topics such as domestication and food systems, urbanization, and population interactions and economic systems in the past.
Archaeologists often require additional special training in fields such as zoology, botany and history.
Biological or physical anthropology
Biological or physical anthropology is concerned with the biological characteristics of the human species.
Biological anthropologists may study living or fossil primates, fossil hominins, or any aspect of past human biology (including health and disease, growth and development, demography or activity patterns). They may also use their knowledge of the human skeleton and archaeological field methods in the field of forensic anthropology.
Today, there are also new opportunities to bridge the division between the cultural and biological points of view, especially in the area of medical anthropology. Training in human biology as well as human social life and in a range of cultures both past and present uniquely equips anthropologists to research the human condition.
Anthropological linguistics is the study of language as the primary mechanism of human communication.
At the University of Manitoba, this subfield is offered primarily through the department of linguistics.
Sociocultural anthropology examines the complex conditions and consequences of environmental, social, economic, political and cultural changes rapidly altering our world.
Sociocultural areas of research include:
- global political economy
- cultural production and performance
- political ecology
- human rights
- Indigenous knowledge
- social movements
- food studies
- gender and development
- urban/national/transnational/global formations
- applied anthropology
Sample course offerings
- ANTH 1210: Human Origins and Antiquity (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 1220: Cultural Anthropology (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2000: Culture, Society, and Power (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2100: Introduction to Archaeology (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2240: Plagues and People (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2300: Anthropology of Childhood (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2470 Anthropology of Mass Communication (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2530: Anthropology of Political Systems (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 2820: Human Osteology (3 credit hours)
- ANTH 3380: Anthropology and Contemporary Social Issues (3 credit hours)
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online.
The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
You apply to the Bachelor of Arts program without selecting your major and minor areas of study (e.g., anthropology, political science, etc.). You make these choices after you are in the BA program.
Admission and application inquiries
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