Anthropology

Study what makes us unique as human beings, as well as the qualities and characteristics that unify such diverse groups of people.

The anthropology program at Laurentian University offers a range of essential and specialized courses that complement the expertise of its instructors and the culture and geography of northern Ontario.

The program offers courses organized around the following themes:

  • Environment and Human Ecology

  • Health, Culture and Community

  • Visual and Material Culture

Academic Advisor

Dr. Patrick Julig

Telephone: 705-675-1151, Ext. 4220

Email: pjulig@laurentian.ca

Office: A-353 Arts Building

How to Apply
By land area, Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Ontario and as such, the great outdoors beckon with its vast expanse of lakes and waterways, varied terrain, forests and comprehensive network of trails.

Students have the opportunity to take classes that help them develop valuable relationships with community organizations and experts.  While studying anthropology at Laurentian, students will have the opportunity to engage in a number of intellectual, cultural and social activities and initiatives including, but not limited to:

  • Regional and international field schools

  • Class field trips

  • Academic conferences

  • Applied community projects

  • Anthropology student club

Our program strives to support the educational goals of our students through financial awards and bursaries, travel grants and a student lab.

Given the program's presence within Anishinaabe territory, we are a proud contributor of several courses that integrate Indigenous perspectives and content currently offered within the Faculty of Arts.

Ontario High School Applicants

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
1 grade 12 English U/M course 1 grade 12 English U/M course
5 other grade 12 U/M courses 1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions
  1 additional grade 12 U/M Math course
  3 other grade 12 U/M courses
A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

Fast-tracking opportunities: Credit transfer opportunities are available from other post-secondary institutions and are typically evaluated on an individual basis. 

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Arts (3 Year) in Anthropology

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.


Concentration in Anthropology for BA  

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

First Year
    ANTR 1007E        Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
    6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
    6 elective credits in the Sciences
    6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)**
    9 credits of electives

Upper Years
    15 credits from 2000 level ANTR courses
    18 credits of ANTR at the 3000 or 4000 level, 9 credits of which may come from the Approved Anthropology Elective Courses List
    27 elective credits
It is recommended that students take ANTR 3016, 3017, 3026 and 3027. It is also recommended that students take ARCL 1006.

Note:

  • Students may substitute FORS 3036 for ANTR 3036 but may not retain credit for both.
  • Students may substitute SOCI 3126 for ANTR 3026 but may only use one of these courses toward completion of their program.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.


Bachelor of Arts (4 Year) in Anthropology

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 

 

Specialization in Anthropology for BA  

First Year

    ANTR 1007E        Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
    6 elective credits of linguistic awareness (see regulations)
    6 elective credits in the Sciences
    6 elective credits in Indigenous content (starting 2017)**
    9 credits electives

Upper Years
    STAT 2126E         Introduction to Statistics
    ANTR 3016E  Anthropological Theory: Historical Background
    ANTR 3026E Anthropological Research: Project Design     OR    SOCI 3126 Qualitative Methods
    15 credits in Anthropology 2000 level courses
    33 credits in Anthropology 3000 or 4000 level courses, 9 credits of which may come from the Approved Anthropology Elective Courses List (at least 9 credits must be at the 4000 level)
    33 elective credits
It is recommended students take ARCL 1006.

Notes:

  • Students may substitute FORS 3036 for ANTR 3036 but may not retain credit for both.
  • Students may substitute SOCI 3126 for ANTR 3026 but may only use one of these courses toward completion of their program.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.


Major in Anthropology for BA  

ANTR 1007E        Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
    39 credits in ANTR, at least 6 of which must be at the 4000 level, 9 credits of which may come from the Approved Anthropology Elective Courses List#
    It is recommended students take ANTR 3016, 3017, 3026 and 3027. It is also recommended that students take ARCL 1006.
    78 elective credits (must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major)

# ANTR 3026 is recommended, as well as completing 2000 level Anthropology courses in at least two sub-disciplines:
                Archaeology: ANTR 2095E
                Biological/Physical Anthropology: ANTR 2016E; ANTR 2017E
                Sociocultural Anthropology: ANTR 2005E; ANTR 2036E; ANTR 2046E; ANTR 2906E
Notes:

  • Students may substitute FORS 3036 for ANTR 3036 but may not retain credit for both.
  • Students may substitute SOCI 3126 for ANTR 3026 but may only use one of these courses toward completion of their program.
  • Students must complete a minimum of a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from among their elective credits.
  • Students may not exceed 42 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.
  • Students must include 6 credits in linguistic awareness, 6 credits of Indigenous content, and 6 credits in the Sciences if not part of the other minor or second major. Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.


Minor in Anthropology

   ANTR 1007E        Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
   21 credits in ANTR (at least 6 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level), 9 credits of which may come from the Approved Anthropology Elective Courses List.
It is recommended students take ARCL 1006, ANTR 2016 and ANTR 2906.
 

Minor in Medical Anthropology

   ANTR 2016E  Human Biological Variation, Adaptations and Health
   ANTR 3086E  Medical Anthropology: Medicine, Culture and Society
   18 Credits from the following, 9 credits of which may come from the Approved Anthropology Elective Courses List.:
      ANTR 1007E Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
      ANTR 3046E Environmental Anthropology 
      ANTR 3047E Public Health and Epidemiology
      ANTR 3087E Ethnomedicine: Cross-cultural Healing
      ANTR 4006E Food and Disease Prevention
      ANTR 4007E Origins of Sickness and Medicine  
      ANTR 4116E Critical Perspectives in Medical Anthropology
      ANTR 4136E Ethnopsychiatry and Cross-Cultural Mental Health
      ENVI 2526E Environment and Human Health
      GERO 3207E Health Challenges in Aging
       INDG 3256E Aboriginal Health and Wellness
      RLST 3245E Health, Healing and Spirituality      
      SOCI 4157E  Critical Analysis of Global Health Issues
Students may take a maximum of two (2) non-ANTR elective from the above list.
 

Minor in Decolonial Praxis

a) 12 credits from the following list:

   ANTR 1007E ntroduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
   ANTR 2046E Peoples of the World: Tribes, States and the Global Village
   ANTR 2146E The (De)Colonial Struggle 
   HIST 2466E Indigenous Representations from Colonialism to Sovereignty
   HIST 2616E The First Nations in Canada in Historical Perspective (OR HIST 3216FL L’histoire des Premieres Nations au Canada)
   HIST 3136F Histoire de l’Ontario français
   HIST 3276E History of Northern Ontario (OR HIST 3276 Histoire du Nord de l’Ontario)
   HIST 3376E Les pays d'Amérique à l'ère colonial
   ISWK 1006E Introduction to Indigenous Social Welfare
   ISWK 2006E Indigenous Social Welfare Issues
   SOCI/POLI 3437E The Colonizer and the Colonized

b) 12 credits from the following list:

   ANTR 2026E Anthropology and the World Today
   ANTR 4306E Indigenous Photography and Decolonization
   ISWK 1007E Introduction to Indigenous Social Welfare and Social Work Practice
   ISWK 4406E Colonizing/Decolonizing Issues of Violence in Indigenous Communities
   ISWK 4416E Conflict Resolution and Peace-Making in Indigenous Social Work Practice 
   GEOG 3497E Geography of Northern Canada: Development Issues
   SOCI 2276F Enjeux autochtones contemporains
   SOCI/HIST/INDG 3087E Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Indigenous Issues: Selected Topics
   SOCI 4256E Aboriginal Peoples and Society

Minor in Community Leadership

Required (3 cr):

ANTR 2206E  Foundations of Community Leadership

 

  1. Community Leadership Foundations (6 credits)

    6 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 1007E  Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

     ANTR 2126E  Anthropology and the World Today

     ECON 1006E  Introduction to Microeconomics

     ECON 1007E  Introduction to Macroeconomics

     ENVI 1507E  Introduction to Environmental Studies

     INDG 1116E  Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood

     LBST 2246E  What Do Unions Do?

     MGMT 1006E  Foundations of the Management of Organizations I

     MGMT 1007E  Foundations of the Management of Organizations II

     SOCI 1015E  Understanding Society

 

     II.  Communication and Advocacy (3 credits)

     3 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 2136E  Workplace Culture

     ANTR 3216E  Visual Ethnography

     COST 1117E  Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics

     COST 2246E  The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I

     COST 2247E  The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II

     COST 2526E  New Culture

     ENGL 2016E  Science Writing in the Public Sphere

     ENGL 2546E  Rhetorical Principles

     ENGL 3556E  Principles and Practices of Workplace Communication

     ENGL/FILM 2846E  Rhetoric of Film and Image

     ENGL 3536E  Environmental Communication

     LBST 3246E  Workplace Rights Advocacy

     SCOM 4006E  Presenting and Communicating Research

     THEA 2127E  Voice I

 

     III.  Social Justice and Change (3 credits)

     3 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 2106E  Cultural Dynamics and Change

     ENVI 2516E  Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change

     INDG 2136E  Aboriginal Political Resistance in Canada: An Integrated Media Analysis

     ISWK 1006E  Introduction to Indigenous Social Welfare

     PHIL 2876E  Business Ethics

     POLI 2426E  Individual, Community and Political Order

     SOCI 2656E  Social Inequality: Gender, Race, Class and Power

     SWLF 1006E  Introduction to Social Welfare

 

     IV.  Socioeconomic Foundations (6 credits):

     6 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 3047E  Public Health and Epidemiology

     ANTR 3086E  Medical Anthropology: Medicine, Culture and Society

     ECON 2026E  Introduction to Urban Economics

     ECON 2027E  Introduction to Regional Economics

     GEOG 2247E  Economic Geography: Canadian Issues

     HIST 3276E  History of Northern Ontario

     INDG 3116E  Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System

     ISWK 2006E  Indigenous Social Welfare Issues

     SOCI 2306E  Introduction to Globalization/POLI 2306E  International Relations

     SWLF 2106E  Political Economy of Social Welfare

     WGSX 2036E  Gender, Work and Families

 

V.  Research and Applications (3 credits):

     3 credits from the following list:

     ANTR 4086E  Applied Anthropology

     COST 3127E  Communication Research

     ENVI 3506E  The Living City

     ENVI 3516E  Greening the Built Environment

     GEOG 2017E  Applied Cartography and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

     INDG 3117E  Social Policy and Family Law with Native People

     ISWK 2007E  Applied Indigenous Social Work Issues

     ISWK 4416E  Conflict Resolution and Peace-Masking in Indigenous Social Work Practice

     LBST 2106E  Occupational Health and Safety, Level I

     LBST 3056E  Collective Bargaining 

     SOCI 2127E  Research Methods and Data Analysis

 

Approved Anthropology Elective Course List:

   ARCL 1006E Introduction to Archaeology
   ENGL 3546E Media-Indigenous People-N.A.
   ENGL 3566E Indigenous Oral Storytelling
   ENVI 2506E Cultural Representations of the Environment
   GEOG 2216E Cultural Geography
   GEOG 3496E Geography of Northern Canada: Social and Political Perspectives
   GEOG 3826E Brazil and South America
   GEOG 3827E Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
   INDG 2285E North American Native People: Tradition and Culture
   INDG 3285E Living with the Land: Indigenous Knowledge in Theory and Practice
   INDG 4405E Seeing with a Native Eye
   INDG 4587E From the Fourth World: International Aboriginal Perspectives on Current Global Issues
   LBST 2026E The World of Work
   RLST 2205E The World’s Living Religions
   SOCI 2656E Social Inequality: Gender, Race, Class and Power
   SOCI 4086E Class, Race, Gender and Ethnicity in the Workplace
   WOMN 2046E Gender, Race and Racism

 

Certificate in Community Leadership (30 credits)

Required (3 credits):

ANTR 2206E  Foundations of Community Leadership

I. Community Leadership Foundations (9 credits):

     ANTR 1007E  Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

     ANTR 2126E  Anthropology and the World Today

     ECON 1006E  Introduction to Microeconomics

     ECON 1007E  Introduction to Macroeconomics

     ENVI 1507E  Introduction to Environmental Studies

     INDG 1116E  Foundations of Aboriginal Peoplehood

     LBST 2246E  What Do Unions Do?

     MGMT 1006E  Foundations of the Management of Organizations I

     MGMT 1007E  Foundations of the Management of Organizations II

     SOCI 1015E  Understanding Society

     WGSX 1005E  Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

     WGSX 2066E  Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies

II.  Communication and Advocacy (3 credits):

     ANTR 2136E  Workplace Culture

     ANTR 3216E  Visual Ethnography

     ARCL 3207E  Indigenous and Collaborative Archaeology

     COST 1117E  Introduction to Communication Theory and Semiotics

     COST 2246E  The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication I

     COST 2247E  The Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication II

     COST 2526E  New Culture

     ENGL 2016E  Science Writing in the Public Sphere

     ENGL 2546E  Rhetorical Principles

     ENGL 3556E  Principles and Practices of Workplace Communication

     ENGL/FILM 2846E  Rhetoric of Film and Image

     ENGL 3536E  Environmental Communication

     LBST 3246E  Workplace Rights Advocacy

     PSYC 4066E  Culture and Psychology

     SCOM 4006E  Presenting and Communicating Research

     THEA 2127E  Voice I

     WGSX 3316E  Women's Activism, Global and Local

III.  Social Justice and Change (6 credits):

     ANTR 2106E  Cultural Dynamics and Change

     ENVI 2507F  Empreinte écologique et développement durable

    ENVI 2516E  Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change

    HIST 3416E  Protest and Political Change

     INDG 2136E  Aboriginal Political Resistance in Canada: An Integrated Media Analysis

     ISWK 1006E  Introduction to Indigenous Social Welfare

     PHIL 2876E  Business Ethics

     POLI 2426E  Individual, Community and Political Order

     SOCI 2656E  Social Inequality: Gender, Race, Class and Power

     SWLF 1006E  Introduction to Social Welfare

     WGSX 2046  Gender, Race and Racism

IV.  Socioeconomic Foundations (6 credits):

     ANTR 3047E  Public Health and Epidemiology

     ANTR 3086E  Medical Anthropology: Medicine, Culture and Society

     ECON 2026E  Introduction to Urban Economics

     ECON 2027E  Introduction to Regional Economics

     GEOG 2247E  Economic Geography: Canadian Issues

     HIST 3276E  History of Northern Ontario

     INDG 3116E  Aboriginal People and the Criminal Justice System

     ISWK 2006E  Indigenous Social Welfare Issues

     SOCI 2306E  Introduction to Globalization/POLI 2306E  International Relations

     SWLF 2106E  Political Economy of Social Welfare

     WGSX 2036E  Gender, Work and Families

V.  Research and Applications (3 credits):

     ANTR 4086E  Applied Anthropology

     COST 3127E  Communication Research

     ENVI 3506E  The Living City

     ENVI 3516E  Greening the Built Environment

     GEOG 2017E  Applied Cartography and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

     INDG 3117E  Social Policy and Family Law with Native People

     ISWK 2007E  Applied Indigenous Social Work Issues

     ISWK 4416E  Conflict Resolution and Peace-Masking in Indigenous Social Work Practice

     LBST 2106E  Occupational Health and Safety, Level I

     LBST 3056E  Collective Bargaining 

     SOCI 2127E  Research Methods and Data Analysis

     STAT 2126E  Introduction to Statistics

     WGSX 2016E  The Production of Knowledge

 

Year:

ANTR-1007EL - Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology ANTR-2005EL - Child Rearing Across Cultures ANTR-2016EL - Human Biological Variation, Adaptations and Health ANTR-2036EL - Indigenous Peoples of North America ANTR-2046EL - Peoples of the World: Tribes, States and The Global Village ANTR-2095EL - World Prehistory and Archaeology ANTR-2106EL - Cultural Dynamics and Change ANTR-2126EL - Anthropology and the World Today ANTR-2136EL - Work and Livelihoods Across Cultures ANTR-2146EL - The (De) Colonial Struggle ANTR-2156EL - Ethnolinguistics ANTR-2166EL - Living With Things:theories of Material Culture ANTR-2206EL - Foundations of Community Leadership ANTR-2906EL - Introduction to Linguistics ANTR-3016EL - Athropological Theories ANTR-3026EL - Qualitative Anthropological Research ANTR-3046EL - Environmental Anthropology ANTR-3047EL - Public Health and Epidemiology
ANTR-3086EL - Medical Anthropology: Medicine, Culture and Society ANTR-3087EL - Ethnomedicine: Cross-Cultural Healing ANTR-3106EL - Cross-Cultural Studies of Local Development ANTR-3116EL - Anthropology of the Arts ANTR-3166EL - Development and Canadian Indigenous Community Organization ANTR-3216EL - Visual Ethnography ANTR-3306EL - Indigenous Photography and Decolonization ANTR-3905EL - Independent Studies ANTR-4095EL - Honours Thesis ANTR-4116EL - Critical Perspectives in Medical Anthropology ANTR-4136EL - Ethnopsychiatry and Cross-Cultural Mental Health EL ANTR-4195EL - Advanced Environmental Anthropology Field Studies ANTR-4905EL - Independent Studies ANTR-4006EL - Nutritional Anthropology ANTR-4007EL - Evolutionary Medicine and Health EL ANTR-4056EL - Advanced Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology ANTR-4086EL - Applied Anthropology ANTR-4907EL - Directed Studies in Anthropology

Professor Emeritis

Dr. Miguel Bombin
Dr. Kathyn Molohon

 

Sessional Professors

Prof. Andrée Beauchamp
Dr. Marinus Dieleman
Dr. Kymberley Snarr
Dr. Roger Spielmann

Patrick Julig

School of Northern and Community Studies

Darrel Manitowabi

School of Northern and Community Studies

Celeste Pedri

School of Northern and Community Studies