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Program Details

Anthropology is the study of human diversity. Anthropologists study the world’s peoples and cultures and analyze such diverse areas of social and cultural life as gender, family forms, livelihood, health, development, religion and politics. As a student in the program, you will acquire a substantive knowledge of anthropology and develop transferable skills in research, analysis, interpretation, writing, oral presentation and group work.

The program takes full advantage of Carleton’s position in the nation’s capital, and you will have access to the collections of both the Canadian Museum of History and Library and Archives Canada.

Anthropology can be taken as a General or an Honours program or in combination with another discipline for a Combined Honours degree. A minor, a Mention : Français, a co-op option, a fourth-year field-placement course and the opportunity to do independent research through the Honours Research Paper are all available.

What students are saying about Anthropology


The breadth of topics I have been able to explore within the Anthropology program has been foundational in shaping my understanding of culture. The skills I have gained are highly transferrable not only within academia, but also in the way I engage with the world on a daily basis. Additionally, I appreciate the small class sizes that have allowed me to work closely with my professors and peers.
Elizabeth Nelson, Anthropology and Geography student