Our social relationships and cultural understandings create and respond to the changes in our increasingly complex and changing world. Anthropologists analyze the patterns of these relationships and responses, studying the world’s peoples within a cross-cultural, comparative framework.
clip_image002_008Anthropology focuses on diverse areas of social and cultural life such as religious rituals, livelihood strategies, international development, health and illness, gender, human rights, and environmental stewardship in remote communities as well as cosmopolitan centres. Anthropologists engage in ‘hands-on’ research, often living long-term within the communities in which their research takes place.

clip_image002_009Our anthropology faculty members specialize in sociocultural anthropology, and study all dimensions of social and cultural life, including cross-cultural interactions, responses to political-economic conditions and globalization, and culture change.

We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as Master’s and PhD degrees:

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What do anthropologists do?

The following provide links to stories about the research conducted by some of our faculty. Explore these links to see examples of what anthropologists do.


Blair Rutherford is conducting research on artisanal mining and gender in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more…

Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan

Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan conducted an ethnographic study of sex tourism in the Northeast of Brazil. Read more…