Anthropology

Program Snapshot

Immerse Yourself In Humanity

If you’re looking for a place to study the most interesting aspects of life, you have certainly found it. Cape Breton is teeming with as much opportunity to learn about how humans live as anywhere in the world. At CBU, the study of anthropology is a natural fit in a natural wonderland.

Anthropology is said to be the most scientific of the humanities, and the most humanistic of the sciences. Divided into the sub-disciplines of socio-cultural, linguistic, physical and archaeology, anthropology is the discipline that explores the human journey. It is a holistic discipline, meaning that it considers this diverse range of topics necessary to understanding what it means to be human.

This program at CBU aims to challenge our preconceived ideas about our own traditions and ways of life. We examine other, often opposite, notions and ways of living to help determine solutions for living the best life humanly possible.

CBU also encourages a reflective approach so that students learn to place their own experiences under the lens of examination. This teaches social sensitivity and a sense of place in the larger context of global human experiences. Anthropology is considered a teachable subject by the Nova Scotia Department of Education.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Ability to design and conduct thorough, independent research.
  • Broad understanding of the similarities and differences of human cultural systems.
  • Clear understanding of the human species in the context of the evolutionary story.
  • Ability to apply an awareness of global human diversity to any future career choice.
  • Learn to gather, analyze, and use qualitative and quantitative data sets.

Why study at CBU?

With students from more than 40 countries, a natural coastline, stunning scenery drawing visitors from around the world, and a distinctive island culture, studying Anthropology at CBU is a truly unique experience.

We provide students with a four-field approach to anthropology. Faculty who teach anthropology courses have research interests in areas such as medical anthropology, historical archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, anthropology of tourism, Mi’kmaw semantics and typology, language revitalization, Mi’kmaw language pedagogy and much more.

This diverse range of topics and research areas provides students with a broad base of instruction that reveals the numerous types of topics that anthropological work is actively engaged in.

Sample Courses

  • ANTH 3113: Forensic Anthropology and Human Skeletal Anatomy
  • ANTH 3102: Field School in Historical Archaeology

Possible Career Paths

  • Community leadership
  • Cultural resource management
  • Health promotion
  • Management consulting
  • Policy development/implementation

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Hands-on experience with modern analysis tools and techniques.
  • Upper-year thesis and independent studies courses.
  • Design and implement a research project involving collection and analysis of data.
  • Employment opportunities with faculty as summer research assistant.

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