Academic Programs


At the University of Manitoba, anthropology can lead you to a general understanding of all subfields of the discipline, or to specialization in any one of them. We offer a minor, major, and an advanced major leading to the Bachelor of Arts (General, Advanced, and Honours), Master of Arts, and Ph.D. degrees.

Fieldwork is an integral part of anthropology in our graduate programs.

Sociocultural foci include global political economy, cultural production and performance, ecology, Aboriginal issues, migration, gender and development, media, tourism, sexuality, urban/national/transnational/global formations, symbolic anthropology, and applied anthropology.  Faculty are engaged in fieldwork in Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, China, and India.

Archaeology themes include study of hunter-gatherer societies, origins of food production and early farming communities, origins and rise of early states and empires, and spread of historical (colonial) and fur trade societies.  Regionally, faculty research spans the New (Mesoamerica, the Arctic, Manitoba and British Columbia) and Old Worlds (Europe, Near East, and Sub-Saharan Africa).  Various methodological specialties within the program include zooarchaeology (faunal analysis), cultural resource management, lithics, ceramics, environmental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, settlement patterns, geoarchaeology, sacred landscapes, and mortuary patterns.

Biological anthropology foci include skeletal biology, medical anthropology, demography, palaeodemography, historical epidemiology, palaeopathology, growth and development, infectious disease, reproductive behaviour, 3D imaging, gender and health, colonialism and health.

The Department maintains close relations with other departments and programs at the University of Manitoba including Asian Studies, Community Health Sciences, Geological Sciences, History, Linguistics, Religion, Natural Resources Institute (NRI), and also with the Manitoba Museum.

Attending to Diversity in Anthropology Curricula

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