Anthropology is the comprehensive study of past and present humans as social and cultural beings in order to seek interconnections that help us understand, "What does it mean to be human?" Answers to this question can be applied to global challenges humans are facing today.

Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will learn the role of culture in human behaviour and be exposed to human evolutionary, environmental and language development and adaptation. You will gain particular expertise in medical, environmental and applied anthropology, emphasizing Indigenous studies, globalization, the anthropology of gender and psychological anthropology.

A first-year schedule sample

Degree programs in Arts and Science are flexible and offer you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
ANTH 111 One World Many Peoples Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
GEOG 125* Environmental Science and Society
SOC 111* Foundations in Sociology Society Structure Process
BIOL 120* The Nature of Life
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture

Winter Term
PSY 120* Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology
GEOG 130* Space Place and Society An Introduction to Human Geography
ARCH 112* The Human Journey Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
INDG 107* Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies
SOC 112* Foundations in Sociology Social Construction of Everyday Life

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

ANTH 240: Cultural Landscapes and Environments
This course examines the cultural construction of landscapes, as well as of built and social environments, through a series of topical readings focusing on historical, archaeological, literary, and ethnographic understandings: predominantly of western North American environments, as these places have been known by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

ANTH 332: Anthropology of Contagion and Infectious Disease Critical Gender and Race Perspectives
Examines the ways in which infectious diseases and agents of contagion are represented in public culture, and experienced in different ways individually and collectively. Students have the opportunity to apply gender- and race- based critiques to the understandings of major epidemic diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

ANTH 403: Anthropology of Healing
This course exposes students to critical anthropological perspectives on the concepts of healing, health, and well-being. Emphasis is placed on understanding the meaning of healing in cultural context, and on the cultural bases of psychosocial, medical, restorative, and transformational therapeutic processes.

Faculty expertise
The program is home to a wide range of expertise in medical, environmental and applied anthropology. uSask has outstanding faculty in anthropology who have worked all over the world, and has more medical anthropologists than almost any other Canadian university. You will have the opportunity to learn about research first hand from those who are changing the discipline with their work!

The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology is equipped with its own library, classrooms, study labs, computer labs and a student lounge. Our professors are located just around the corner from the classrooms.


  • Government sector, working for departments such as health, environment, and cultural resources, social services.
  • Non-government, social services, and business sectors, working for a range of private companies and organizations focused on, for example: 
    • research with Indigenous communities and agencies
    • social service delivery
    • social and cultural policy and program development and implementation
    • health and environmental issues
    • social and cultural impact assessment
    • counseling
    • urban planning
  • Communications
  • Education, as teachers, professors and researchers
  • Museum and archives curator

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,347 $17,327
Fees $922 $922
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,769 $19,749

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2018-2019 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Anthropology degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Three-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts Double Honours

To decide which option is the right fit, you should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2019
Dec 1, 2018
Documents due: Dec 15, 2018
Sep 1, 2018
Documents due: Oct 1, 2018
May 2019
Apr 1, 2019
Documents due: May 1, 2019
Feb 1, 2019
Documents due: Mar 1, 2019
July 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
Mar 1, 2019
Documents due: Apr 1, 2019
September 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
May 1, 2019
Documents due: Jun 1, 2019
January 2020
Dec 1, 2019
Documents due: Dec 15, 2019
Sep 1, 2019
Documents due: Oct 1, 2019

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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