Anthropology is the comprehensive study of human beings, past and present, in comparative, cross-cultural and holistic light, emphasizing the dynamic nature of cultural adaptation and change. Our students and faculty carry out extensive field work in Canada, as well as in many areas of the world, including Latin America and eastern Europe. The graduate program has a focus on medical anthropology and environmental anthropology.
Archaeology is the study of the artifacts and other material remains of past human societies. Through this study, the characteristics of past human culture (e.g., technology, subsistence, social structure, etc.) are revealed, as well as the time periods at which they existed. The archaeology program focuses on past cultures in western Canada and the broader Circumpolar North. The application of science methodologies in the analysis of archaeological materials is an important part of archaeological research. For this reason, the Department offers both B.A. and B.Sc. programs. Students who plan to major in archaeology should consult the Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology or the Undergraduate Advisor concerning their choice of courses.
The Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, usually abbreviated as either B.Sc.(Agr.) or B.S.A. or B.Sc.(Ag.) or B.Sc. (Hons.) Ag. is the first undergraduate degree awarded by university faculty of agriculture and agricultural colleges. The program is 4 years of study above Grade 12 High School graduation.