Faculty of Arts - Anthropology

Program description

Anthropology is a biocultural discipline grounded in a comparative and cross-cultural perspective and concerned with diverse aspects of human life. While broadly educated, individual anthropologists generally specialize in particular approaches, collectively contributing to a rich and holistic view of humanity. The University of Manitoba offers undergraduate and graduate training in anthropology’s four sub-disciplines: cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics.

Program options

Degree options

B.A. Anthropology – 3 years
B.A. Anthropology (Advanced) – 4 years 
B.A. Anthropology (Honours) – 4 years

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Archaeological Field Course

Research opportunities

  • Globalization, Transnationalism and Development
  • Identity and Culture 
  • Environmental Politics, Conflicts and Governance
  • Skeletal Biology, Growth and Development
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Childhood and Adolescence
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Food 
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Health, Disease, and Health Care
  • Hunter-Gatherer Societies
  • Ancient Technology

Professional opportunities

  • Government agencies
  • Community and social services
  • Museums and archives
  • International development agencies
  • Business and market research firms
  • Cultural resource management agencies
  • Parks and historic sites

A bachelor’s degree in anthropology may serve as suitable preparation for further studies in education, nursing, medicine, and law.
Anthropology graduates acquire skills that are useful in many careers, including research skills and an increased knowledge and understanding of human cultures, past and present.

Admission requirements

Visit the Faculty of Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?

Anthropologists in the department engage in active field and laboratory work, bringing that experience into the classroom as an integral part of their teaching. Fieldwork sites are diverse and include Canada (Manitoba, Arctic, West-Coast, Ontario), Latin America (Peru, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Cuba), the Caribbean, Asia (China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal), Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East (Israel, Turkey), and Africa (West Africa, South Africa). The university is also home to a number of Anthropology Laboratories, including the Bioanthropology Digital Image Analysis Laboratory and the CT Shay Palaeobotanical Collection, which permit advanced study and research in osteology, archaeology, zooarchaeology, and lithic and botanical analyses.

Important Links

Faculty of Arts 
Department of Anthropology
Graduate Programs