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The Department of Anthropology offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs. Social/cultural anthropology reflects both a social scientific and humanistic tradition while the BSc reflects a biological science tradition. Students wishing to emphasize the social sciences and humanities in their program should register for the BA degree. Those who wish to emphasize the natural and biological sciences should register for the BSc degree.

The following Baccalaureate Degrees are offered by the Dept. of Anthropology:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • BA Honours in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology with Co-operative Education
  • BA Honours in Social and Cultural Anthropology with Co-operative Education
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Anthropology
  • BSc Honours in Anthropology
  • BSc in Anthropology with Co-operative Education
  • BSc Honours in Anthropology with Co-operative Education
  • A Minor is offered in Anthropology.
  • Graduate level programs at both the MA and PhD level are also offered with either a social/cultural focus or a primatology focus.

Please click on the links to the left for details of each program. 

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Faculty and Department requirements

Students wishing to major in Anthropology must first be admitted to the University of Calgary (for requirements see and must indicate a program of study in the Faculty of Arts and meet all of the Faculty requirements. See the following web pages for more information about these requirements. and ( Students must also meet the requirements of the Anthropology department, in order to graduate. 

Students already in a program can initiate a Change of Program or Faculty March 1 and December 1. Until at least three full-course equivalents at the junior level have been successfully completed, a student may not register in senior courses unless their program requires it.

Once a Major is declared, the student is responsible for fulfilling the degree requirements of both their Faculty and their Department. At least seven and not more than 10 full-course equivalents in the Major field are required. Students operate under the requirements listed in the Calendar as they are set out in the year that the student declares their major. NOTE: These requirements sometimes change, so the valid requirements of a particular student are considered to be those listed in the University Calendar the year that the student declared a major.

Carefully read the section of the Calendar which explains degree requirements for students in the Faculty of Arts. Pay particular attention to the Graduation Requirements. Most questions that students have are answered there. The Anthropology department requirements should also be reviewed in the Calendar. The undergraduate advisor can help you with any questions you may still have 

A Minor field in anthropology is also available. This requires at least five and not more than six full-course equivalents, half of which must be at the senior level (300, 400 or 500 level courses). Note that declaring a Minor is not required of students but, because it is noted on your transcript, it indicates to future employers that you have specialized in another area outside your major degree. 

CAUTION: Students are strongly advised not to wait too long to declare a Major, as some required courses are not offered every term, and sometimes not every year, so the earlier you know what courses you must take, the less likely you are to be involved in a scheduling conflict. 

Students desiring a degree with double Major must complete all requirements of both Major fields. Permission to undertake a double Major must be obtained from the Associate Dean (Student Affairs). Students are not normally allowed to use the same course(s) in both Majors.

Full and Half Course Credits

Throughout the University, most courses are denoted as half or full credit courses according to their numbered designation. A full credit course usually ends with an even number, e.g. ANTH 404 and spans two semesters, while a half credit course usually ends with an odd number, e.g., ANTH 203. Twenty full course equivalents (or forty half courses) are required to graduate.


Many anthropology courses require the student to have taken what is known as a prerequisite course (ANTH 201 or 203). The department strongly recommends that students take one or more of these introductory courses before attempting a 300 or 400 level course. They are specifically designed to prepare the student for the more specialized courses to follow. Students are further advised to defer taking 400 level courses until their third year, even if they have the formal prerequisites, as some sophistication in the learning-to-learn aspects of university, e.g., note-taking, exam and essay writing, will be taken for granted at that level. Second year students are advised to confine themselves to 300 level courses plus non-anthropology 200 and 300 level courses.

Waiving Prerequisites

Generally, if a student requests that a prerequisite be waived, it is because s/he is not majoring in anthropology and so only wishes to take one particular course. For example, a student in Women's Studies had previous exposure to specific course material and a judgement may be made to waive the prerequisite on that basis. Requests for wavier are handled by the undergraduate adviser or the course instructor. The department strongly discourages students in their 2nd or 3rd year from seeking a prerequisite waiver. Normally a waiver is considered for students in their graduating year so that they can complete their program requirement. CAUTION: If a student takes a senior level course in anthropology on the basis of a pre-requisite waiver and then decides later that s/he wishes to take more anthropology courses, s/he is subject to what is known as the "go back" rule. This rule states that, once an exemption for a course prerequisite is granted, and a senior level course is taken, a student cannot "go back" and take that prerequisite course. This rule will make it impossible for a student to complete a Major or Minor in Anthropology.


Location on Campus:
Main Office: ES 620

The department is located on the 6th and 7th floors of Earth Sciences.

Mailing Address:
Department of Anthropology
2500 University Dr. N.W.
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Phone: 403-220-6516
Fax: 403-284-5467