Anthropologists study human beings 
globally and cross-culturally, treating our
own way of life as only one among many. In
 an increasingly cosmopolitan world, where people from different places and backgrounds frequently interact, anthropologists help people understand each other and the things that happen around them.

Minor in Anthropology

Open to all undergraduate degree students in programs other than Anthropology or the BGInS Specialization or Stream in Globalization, Culture and Power.

Through the Anthropology program, I have pursued academic interests both inside the university and abroad. After I decided to conduct fieldwork in Cuba, Carleton faculty and staff provided me with the necessary tools and an exceptional amount of support to follow through with my project. I had the opportunity to grow as a person while learning from supervisors who took the time and interest to contribute to my research. — Frankie Di Renzo, Anthropology graduate

The Carleton Advantage

The faculty in Carleton’s Anthropology program specialize in socio-cultural anthropology, which is the study of contemporary societies and cultures by directly engaging their members through open dialogue, participant-observation and other qualitative methods. While anthropologists have traditionally studied in small-scale, non-Western societies, today we apply our participatory research methods and a combination of humanistic and social scientific perspectives to all kinds of situations. In other words: if people do it, you can study it as an anthropologist.

Our faculty study topics as diverse as sex work, farming, human-animal relations, museums, development, immigration, Tibetan Buddhism, international adoption, language use, and spirit possession—as well the basic structures that shape our lives such as race, class, and gender. Whatever the topic, Anthropology courses are designed to develop students’ ability to write, do social research, analyze ideas, synthesize information, and compassionately interpret the world in which we live. Anthropology offers Co-operative Education (Co-op) and a field placement option. Students also have an opportunity to complete an independent honours research paper.

Program Information


Sample Career Paths

  • Government
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Public or private sector
  • International development
  • Health care
  • Social services
  • Education and higher education
  • Museums
  • Policy-writing
  • Teaching and researching
  • Marketing and product development
  • Tourism and recreation
  • Business

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