A Stepping Stone in Archaeology

The possibilities are endless! Archaeology graduates have been successful finding employment with government agencies, consulting firms or museums. For those who wish to dig a little further, the University of Saskatchewan’s graduate program in Archaeology is highly regarded for the training and experience that students attain in preparation for Archaeological careers.

Students develop strong leadership skills as a result of the extensive fieldwork experience and internship opportunities included in this program. Graduates of the Archaeology program have been successful in careers involving Cultural Resource Management, museum work, and teaching.

A Stepping Stone in Anthropology

The Anthropology graduate program is designed to provide students with leading edge training in theoretical and methodological approaches to the discipline. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral level in anthropology , health or environmental studies, professional programs, or to pursue private sector opportunities in the health, social services, environmental, or cultural sectors. Research interests of participating faculty include local, national, and international issues. Our faculty have undertaken research in Canada and throughout the world, including Alaska, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and Turkey, as well as other parts of eastern Europe.

Our Masters program emphasizes two streams: medical anthropology and environmental anthropology. The University of Saskatchewan is rich in resources and faculty in these areas, having more trained medical anthropologists and environmental anthropologists on faculty than almost any other Canadian university.

What is Medical Anthropology?

Medical anthropology (sometimes referred to as the Anthropology of Health) remains one of the fastest growing sub-fields of Anthropology in North America. Medical anthropology, in general terms, is the cross-cultural study of health, illness, and health systems. It is unique in that it places central importance on the role of culture in understanding human suffering, response to illness, and resilience, and this sets it apart from cognate fields like medical sociology, health psychology, or community health. While contemporary community and public health discourse often now includes culture as a “health determinant,” medical anthropology brings to the discussion the most advanced theoretical development of the concept of culture and its role in health, and the complex cross-cultural methods required to properly study it.

Strengths of the Medical Anthropology Stream

The program demonstrates specific strengths in the following areas:

  • Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples’ health
  • Global health
  • Gender and health
  • Violence and health
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Environmental health
  • Applied methodologies
  • Ethnography
  • Urban and complex research contexts

What is Environmental Anthropology?

Environmental anthropology (sometimes referred to as ecological anthropology or cultural ecology), prominent within early approaches to social science, continues to be a site of cutting-edge research within the discipline. Environmental anthropologists study not only how the environment shapes human culture and society, but also how humans shape the environment. Insights on the socially constructed nature of human relations with the built and natural environments provide environmental anthropologists with a strong theoretical platform from which to contribute to debates in neighbouring fields such as geography, law, environmental studies, resource management, policy analysis, environmental history, health, archaeology, and environmental sociology. Environmental anthropologists study both ancient prehistory and contemporary debates; from Indigenous elders to scientists, activists, and corporate leaders. Environmental anthropology offers understanding of human dimensions of environmental problems, leading to more effective solutions.

Strengths of the Environmental Anthropology Stream include

  • Management and governance of Aboriginal lands; land claims
  • Urban landscapes
  • Impact assessment and consultation
  • Resource management (forestry, oil and gas, agriculture)
  • Environmental policy
  • Prairie Provinces, Arctic and Subarctic North America
  • International development
  • Traditional ecological knowledge
  • Cultural and symbolic engagement with landscapes
  • Ritual spaces
  • Political ecology

Application Deadline

January 15 for September admissions.
Although late applications may be considered, it should be noted that most financial aid is awarded in February and March for September admission.