Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind from our early origins to present day societies and cultures. The Department of Anthropology at UNB welcomes all students to join us in our exploration to investigate, and expand our understanding the lived experience of humans past and present.

Within our Department, we offer small-class room sizes at the advanced level which allows for close communication and creates opportunities for student participation. When instructing classes or working individually with students, we aim to create an environment where students know that we are approachable, passionate about the subject matter, and willing to share our knowledge.  To advance the knowledge of our students we use a range of learning styles, innovative teaching methods and incorporate information from our research. The ability to be informed and question information is a life skill, thus critical and logical thinking skills are essential, and we try to apply these through course content to improve student learning and success.

We offer hands-on learning experiences to our students through instruction in our laboratories, experimentation, and through field experiences; this is where students observe the practical applications for the information learned in lecture. Students learn how to handle,  create and analyze artifacts, hominid casts, human and other animal remains. In addition, we offer internships and practicums in community based and non-for-profit organisations. These experiences simultaneously teach professionalism, including team work and leadership.

The research interests of UNB’s seven full-time faculty members reflect the broad discipline of Anthropology. We specialize in three subfields of anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology (ethnography, development, legal, heritage, and globalization), biological anthropology (medical, molecular, epidmiological, bioarchaeology, and forensics) and archaeology (geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, prehistory, and human ecology).

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We have regional expertise in:

  • Atlantic Canada
  • Canadian Arctic
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • Asia
  • South-East Asia
  • North Africa
  • South Africa
  • Southern Africa

International Development Studies is housed within Anthropology.

The Archaeology Interdepartmental Program is shared between Anthropology and Classics and Ancient History

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