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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Anthropology opens you to the ways people go about the task of "being human." You’ll explore how people in different places and times rule their worlds, conduct business, have fun, organize families, practice spirituality, settle legal disputes, build cities, resist exploitation, produce art, find meaning in life and much more.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for this program include:

  • A holistic understanding of socio-cultural processes;
  • Increased self-awareness and interpersonal skills;
  • An ability to advocate for cultural diversity, engage in persuasive argumentation for a variety of audiences and work in teams; and
  • Proficiency in ethnographic research projects with human participants.

Experiential Learning

Ethnography is a unique anthropological undertaking based on developing familiarity with culturally diverse realities and writing analytical descriptions capturing another culture’s point-of-view of the world. Experiential learning is therefore an inherent part of an Anthropology degree. By learning the ethnographic craft and developing intercultural understanding, you will gain practical experience that translates into flexible skills needed in today’s world.

While you will learn about the craft of ethnography in all of your courses, AN300: Ethnographic Methods and AN400: Doing Fieldwork provide in depth training and experiential learning opportunities through which you learn how to design and conduct your own research projects.

Work Experience

Third- and fourth-year students have the opportunity to work as a paid instructional assistant in AN100: Cultures Today. You'll obtain valuable work experience in facilitating group discussions, explaining concepts to students, and giving feedback on assignments.

Research Project

Fourth-year students conduct original research and write up reports as part of their capstone course, AN400: Doing Fieldwork. The topics in recent years include the following:

  • "Know Thyself: Spiritual Identities and Transformation at the Hive and Grove Centre for Wellness in Kitchener, Canada" (Sarah Best)
  • "The Truth Behind You and Your New Family: The Cultural and social Effects of Being Adopted into a Family in Southwestern Ontario" (Tamara Jean Graham)
  • "Rainbow Nerds: An Inquiry into Wilfrid Laurier University's Fandom Subculture as it Intersects with Marginalization and Social Stigma" (Rebekah Adams)
  • "Dudes: How Cultural Dictations of Masculinity Affect Men in Online Dating Spaces" (Catherine Cher)
  • "Pawsitivity Part of the Family: The Place of the Household Pet/Companion and Attitudes Towards Pet Keeping in Orangeville, Canada" (Robyn Pegg)

"What I learned about authority, voice, language, interpersonal relationships, and representations challenges me every day to be critical and conscientious in my work researching and curating cultural heritage."

Crystal Braye, folklorist with the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador


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