Thinking about pursuing a B.A. in Anthropology? Wondering what you can do with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology? If you’re interested in learning more about the student experience in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, then please take a look at our current undergraduate students page. There are plenty of student supports in place at Carleton to help you with academics, finances, careers, mental health and well-being. In addition, the Sociology and Anthropology Student Association (SASA) is here to provide you with opportunities to connect with students, faculty, and staff in the department.

Our Undergraduate Programs in Anthropology

Anthropology at Carleton

Why do people live the way they do and not some other way? In order to answer this question, the first order of business is to accurately describe how people actually live across time and space. The art and science of this description is called ethnography, and it is the mainstay of anthropological research, writing, and critical reflection. In the course of your undergraduate studies in the anthropology program at Carleton, you will learn to read ethnographic texts, conduct ethnographic fieldwork and, if you opt to do an Honours Research Paper (ANTH 4900) or Capstone Seminar in Globalization, Culture, and Power (ANTH 4590) in your 4th year, write your own ethnography. By the time you reach your final year of study, you will realize there is really no limit to what can be studied ethnographically, just as there is really no limit to what human beings do, have done, or can imagine themselves doing. Armed with this knowledge, and the skills to use it, graduates of our B.A. and B.G.In.S. programs are well-equipped to navigate a transforming, globalizing, decolonizing world in which no one way of life can legitimately claim to be better than any other.

Regardless of whether you earn a B.A. in Anthropology or a B.G.In.S, in Globalization, Culture and Power, the ethnographic research and writing skills you will learn in Carleton’s anthropology programs are in high demand for public, non-profit and private-sector employers. That said, an equally important benefit of studying socio-cultural anthropology as an undergraduate is that it trains you to continuously reflect on your own place in the world and your connections to others. The resulting awareness of the cultural context in which you live and work will help you understand the internal dynamics of your own future workplace, for instance, as well as the way in which those dynamics are related to constantly changing external conditions. Thus, our program aims to help students become not just excellent critical thinkers, writers and researchers, but also empowered citizens of an endlessly complex world.

Co-operative Education

A co-operative education option is available. See the Co-operative Education section of the Undergraduate Calendar for details.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, students must satisfy the Academic Regulations of the University and the common regulations applying to all B.A. students including those relating to First Year Seminars and Breadth Requirements.