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Archaeology and Anthropology

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Anthropology is the comprehensive study of humans, past and present, in a comparative, cross-cultural, and holistic light. Anthropology focuses on the role of culture in human behaviour and diversity. The Department of Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan has expertise in medical-, environmental- and applied- cultural anthropology as well as environmental archaeology, bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology, and cultural resource management.

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Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Year 1 courses

The courses listed here and in the Course and Program Catalogue are not necessarily offered each year and do not represent the totality of your requirements.


ANTH 111.3 | One World Many Peoples Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ARCH 112.3 | The Human Journey Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology


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What will I learn?
  • Explain commonalities and differences in human experiences through time and across communities and environments
  • Steward responsible management of cultural heritage and resources
  • Apply anthropologically informed community engagement to address contemporary social and political issues, especially Indigenous-settler reconciliation
  • Describe the importance and meaning of everyday human activity (past and present) to environmental sustainability and community health
  • Integrate interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives to understand human health and human-environmental interactions holistically

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Featured courses
  • ANTH 202.3 Anthropology and Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • ANTH 332.3 Anthropology of Infectious Disease
  • ANTH 400.3 Contemporary Issues in Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ARCH 270.3 Human Evolution
  • ARCH 330.3 The Archaeology of Human Environmental Impact

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Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Middle Year(s) courses

The courses listed here and in the Course and Program Catalogue are not necessarily offered each year and do not represent the totality of your requirements.


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Three courses (9 cu) from the following:
ANTH 231.3 Cross Cultural Perspectives on Health and Illness
ANTH 240.3 Cultural Landscapes and Environments
ARCH 250.3 Introduction to Archaeological Science
ARCH 270.3 Human Evolution

One course (3 cu) from the following:
ANTH 202.3 Anthropology and Indigenous Peoples in Canada
ARCH 350.3 Introduction to Boreal Forest Archaeology

One course from the following:
ANTH 302.3 The Practice of Ethnography
ARCH 361.6 Archaeological Field Methods 

From a variety of courses (21 to 27 cu) to fulfill your degree requirments:
ANTH 200-level, 300-level, 400-level
ARCH 200-level, 300-level, 400-level

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Choose from a variety of certificates to complement your major.

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Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:

  • Career & Self-Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

Explore your major

Learn more about some of the required major-specific courses for this degree. View the course and program catalogue or meet with an academic advisor to understand all major requirements.

Final Year courses

The courses listed here and in the Course and Program Catalogue are not necessarily offered each year and do not represent the totality of your requirements.


ANTH 400.3 | Contemporary Issues in Archaeology and Anthropology


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Anthropology (M.A.)
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Get career ready

Career readiness competencies

Career Readiness Competencies are transferable skill sets that will prepare you for the world of work and include the top attributes that employers are looking for:

  • Career & Self-Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

Possible destinations

People with an archaeology and anthropology degree take their knowledge and skills into many different industries and occupations. Note that some of the career paths listed here require further education and training.


Career paths

  • Anthropologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Bilingual Client Care Representative
  • Citizenship and Immigration Officer
  • Community Education Officer
  • Community Involvement Animator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Community Planner
  • Cultural Advisor
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • District Sales Manager
  • Diversity Consultant
  • Election Officer
  • Ethno-Historian
  • Ethnologist
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Funeral Director
  • Gallery Owner
  • Government Researcher
  • Historian
  • Historical Artifact Conservator
  • International Aid Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Linguist
  • Linguistic Anthropologist
  • Multiculturalism Liaison Officer
  • Museum Curator
  • Paleontologist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Research Assistant
  • Travel Agency Manager
  • University Professor

As part of our youth employment program, the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society has hired graduates from the Department of Anthropology for internships. These graduates bring with them a diversity of skills such as critical thinking, effective communication and strategizing, practical knowledge, and the ability to listen carefully and openly to a multiplicity of perspectives and ideas. A degree in Anthropology develops a multitude of transferable skills and abilities that allows for success not only within Anthropology and academia but also throughout a multitude of sectors.

—Dr. Karin Steuber, RPA and Dr. Tomasin Playford, Saskatchewan Archaeological Society

Where do USask alumni work?

  • BMO Financial Group
  • Canada North Environmental Services
  • Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (CÉF)
  • GFL Environmental Inc.
  • Government of Saskatchewan
  • HDR INC.
  • KGS Group
  • Meta
  • Ministry of Citizenship and Multiculturalism
  • Saskatchewan Archaeological Society
  • The Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Waniskan

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"The most valuable experiences I had in my anthropology undergraduate were those of building relationships with faculty and students within the department. Networking with other anthropologists helped to broaden my understanding of what impacts I could have on the world and what I had to do to be impactful beyond the scope of the classroom."

—Jessica, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology '23 (honours)

"As someone who has always talked about wanting to see changes made to address the social challenges of discrimination toward First Nations people and other minorities, I felt that obtaining an archaeology and anthropology degree was the first step in working toward creating a more positive future for the younger generations that follow."

—Devin, Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology and Anthropology '23

"The Department of Anthropology fosters an environment that encourages learning and has pushed me to pursue my passion in archaeology. During my time working towards an undergraduate degree I’ve gotten to develop lasting relationships along with opportunities to seek an education and career I wasn’t even aware existed."

—Olivia, fourth-year archaeology honours student