Program Information

School: University of Waterloo
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree: Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Field of Study: Anthropology
Description: The study of human beings and their culture – past, present, and future. Studies of social systems, human systems of communication, artefacts, and physical variations in human and non-human primates are included. We teach three sub-fields of Anthropology: 1) Cultural Anthropology; 2) Archaeological Anthropology; and 3) Biological Anthropology.

Anthropologists investigate the unity and diversity of what it means to be human. The study of our evolutionary background, our material past, our culture, our social organization, our languages, and non-human primate populations will introduce you to the theories of human development and culture. Anthropology students explore our cultural practices and biological complexities in the past and present, and in globally specific contexts. In the University of Waterloo’s Anthropology program, students gain an ‘anthropological sensibility’ that builds knowledge and skills for life and work beyond the University. In a rapidly changing, increasingly globalized world, it is critical to understand the unions, disjunctures, and discursive changes over time, between species, and among cultural practices. Waterloo Anthropology students learn techniques of research design, field methods, and have fieldwork opportunities that bring classroom learning to life.

URL: Anthropology at University of Waterloo
Length: 5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,905
International: $31,157
Careers: Anthropologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 80

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  • Grade12 English (ENG4U)

Mathematics of Data Management is recommended. A minimum final overall average of 80% or higher is required on your best 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses, including required courses.

Test Scores:

  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 80] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 75]