Our Programs


Anthropology is the comprehensive study of human beings, past and present, in a comparative, cross-cultural and holistic light. Anthropology focuses on the role of culture in human behaviour and diversity, and exposes students to human evolution, social organization, environmental adaptation, and language development. Anthropologists at USask focus on community-based and engaged research in environmental, medical, and practicing or applied anthropology, with specific strengths in ethnographic theory, methodology, and public policy applications. Long-term partnerships with Indigenous communities in the Prairie provinces and non-governmental organizations in Saskatoon and surrounding areas are coupled with international collaborations. We thus emphasize community-based and engaged learning, a commitment to reconciliation, and a broad disciplinary foundation.


Archaeology is the study of artifacts and other physical remains of earlier societies and communities so as to unravel the mysteries of human cultural diversity and adaptation. Archaeologists can reconstruct past human behaviours and life ways from tools, shelters, ornaments, food remnants, modified landscapes, and even human remains. Archaeologists at USask focus on Pre-Contact and Contact North American and Siberian archaeology and bioarchaeology, with emphasis on the Northern Plains, Boreal Forest, and Coastal regions of western Canada. The application of natural science methodologies in the analysis of archaeological materials is an important part of archaeological research. For this reason, the Department offers both B.A. and B.Sc. programs.


Academic Information

Department Resources

Department Library - The Urve Linnamae Library is located on the main floor of the Archaeology Building. It is a small collection, but contains resources that are specifically useful for undergrads, grad students, and faculty within the department. The library also houses some unique artifact displays.

Student Lounge - The Archaeology and Anthropology student lounge is on the third floor of the Archaeology building. It is open to all Archaeology and Anthropology students for studying and relaxing.

Student Involvement

AASA - The archaeology and anthropology undergraduate student society is a great way to meet other archaeology and anthropology students and be involved in department events throughout the year. AASA also hosts a bi-annual undergraduate conference.

Saskatoon Archaeological Society - is a chapter of the provincial organization. The group holds monthly meetings in the department and encourages undergraduate students to attend and participate in local events. An annual APALA membership also serves as an annual membership to the Saskatoon society. Check around the department for dates of upcoming events.

Saskatchewan Archaeological Society (SAS) - is the provincial archaeological organization. The SAS is devoted to education and conservation of archaeology in the province. The organization hosts an annual conference, plans various tours throughout the year, and offers many opportunities for volunteers, both avocational and professional, to take part in excavations. The SAS publishes the Saskatchewan Archaeology Quarterly and they have funding opportunities for students.

Other Useful Resources

Course Offerings

Programs and Course Requirements

All Archaeology Majors and Archaeology and Anthropology Majors students are strongly encouraged to have yearly program check advising with a faculty member. Check with the department office for more information about making an appointment.