Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Social Science
Field of Study:Anthropology
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)


In the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario, graduate students are trained to observe human behaviour and social practices of the past and present, to collect data, to reflect on what has actually, as well as apparently occurred, to research the context, to apply various explanatory models critically and to adopt a broad perspective for framing an understanding of the chosen research topic. Whatever the topic of research, anthropologists share a particular holistic vision that requires using a repertoire of methods in order to forge a deeper understanding of situations. This holism characterizes the best anthropology and imparts the perspective for which the profession is valued.

Our graduate programs build on a traditional four subdisciplinary approach incorporating sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistic anthropology. The structure of courses in the program allows entering students to select areas of concentration. Anthropology graduate students also have the option of participating in the Collaborative Graduate Programs in Migration and Ethnic Relations, or Environment and Sustainability. At the Doctoral level we have two streams: Sociocultural Anthropology and Archaeology and Bioarchaeology.
Modified on November 11, 2022