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Athabasca University

Anthropology Major

Regulations amended, effective September 1, 2015.

As a graduate of Athabasca University’s Anthropology program, you will gain an in-depth appreciation for the four fundamental subfields within Anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology), and their strong interrelationships. In particular, you will gain familiarity with the sub-disciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology, which make up the current strengths of faculty and course offerings. The objective of the anthropology program is to provide students with a broad understanding of the physical and cultural diversity of people throughout the world, leading to and fostering a comparative and holistic approach to understanding and appreciating humanity, past and present.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

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Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 4-year BA with Major:

  1. A minimum of 45 credits from major courses including 30 senior (300 or 400) level credits (a minimum of 12, 400-level credits).
  2. 9 junior (200) level Anthropology credits.
    ANTH 272 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
    ANTH 277 The Archaeology of Ancient Peoples  
    ANTH 275 Faces of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
    ANTH 278 Human Evolution and Diversity (3)
  3. 3 senior-level credits in the history of Anthropology.
    ANTH 434 The History of Anthropological Thought (3)
  4. 6 senior-level credits in research methods. For example:
    ANTH 402 Ethnographic Research Methods (3)
    ANTH 476 Archaeology: Principles in Practice (3)
    SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3)
    ANTH 390 Community Based Research Methods (3)
  5. 3 senior-level credits in linguistic Anthropology. For example:
    ANTH 354 Language and Culture (3)
  6. Electives (select 24 credits from the following)
    ANTH All courses
    SOSC 378 Human Sexualities (3)


Information effective Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016.

Updated April 04 2016 by laurab

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