Areas of Study

The Archaeology program provides students with the opportunity to specialize in the following areas:

Pre-Contact Archaeology
With a strong focus on northern plains and boreal forest regions, students interested in Pre-Contact Archaeology will learn all about the numerous cultures that thrived in and around these regions prior to and after European contact.

Historical Archaeology
Defined as the archaeological studies of the origin of the modern world, students interested in Historical Archaeology will have the opportunity to learn about everything from the archaeology of Culture Contact to the archaeology of Modern Capitalism.

Geoarchaeology
A sub-field of archaeology which explores geological approaches to understand the archaeological record. Geoarchaeology offers students a chance to apply geoscience techniques to answer archaeological questions in a unique and innovative way.

Bioarchaeology
Bioarchaeology is defined as the application of a diverse array of biological techniques to archaeological remains in order to learn more about the past. Such techniques include osteoarchaeology (study of human remains), zooarchaeology (study of animal remains), palynology (study of pollen) and paleobotany (study of ancient plant remains).

The Anthropology program allows students to develop an understanding of complex cultural and social issues emerging in the world today. The program emphasizes contemporary research and a global perspective. It provides a holistic understanding of the broad field of Anthropology by concentrating on cultural anthropology while providing access to biological anthropology, archaeology and linguistics. Medical/health anthropology and environmental anthropology are areas of emerging strength in the program.

Archaeology Programs and Course Requirements

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology offers the following Archaeology programs:
  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A. Four-year) - Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Arts Three-year) B.A. Three-year) - Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) - Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Science Four-year (B.Sc. Four-year) - Archaeology
  • Bachelor of Science Honours (B.Sc. Honours) - Archaeology
  • Double Honours
  • Minor in Archaeology
For more information about these programs and their course requirements, visit the Course and Program Catalogue.

Anthropology Programs and Course Requirements

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology offers the following Anthropology programs:
  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A. Four-year) - Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts Three-year (B.A. Three-year) - Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) - Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts Double Honours (B.A. Double Honours) - Anthropology
  • Minor in Anthropology
All Archaeology and Anthropology Majors students are strongly encouraged to have yearly program check advising with a faculty member. Check with the department office in Term 2 for more information about making an appointment.