Anthropology

  • Degree Offered: MA
  • Application Deadline: Jan.15 for funding consideration, March 15 without funding requirement
  • Study Options: Thesis 
  • Length: 2 Years
  • Entry Terms: September (Fall), January (Winter) 

Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind from its early origins to present day societies and cultures. UNB offers the only comprehensive anthropology program in the Maritimes, with graduate study in socio-cultural, archaeological, bioarcheological and biomedical/biological anthropology.

Recent UNB graduates have gone on to doctoral programs at top Canadian and International universities, or have obtained employment in the region in government, non-governmental organizations or the private sector. For example, several recent graduates now work for Archaeological Services New Brunswick, or for consulting firms in the province. 

Research areas

  • Sociocultural 
  • Medical and Biological 
  • Archaeology
  • Bioarchaeology

Current faculty research

Archaeology of the Maritime Peninsula from human occupation of the North American continent up to the early Historic Period, with Dr. Sue Blair, Dr. David Black and Dr. Gabriel Hrynick. Graduate students in archaeology work closely with Cultural Resource Management in the consulting field, particularly with consulting companies like Stantec and Wood Group. 

Working with Maritime communities (including First Nations) to adapt to socio-environmental change, including the impact of climate change, aquaculture, and tidal power on the fisheries with Dr. Melanie Wiber. Dr. Wiber's work involves Fundy North Fishermen’s Association, the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester's Federation, the St. Andrews Biological Research Station, and the Huntsman Marine Centre.

Working on resource extraction in Latin America and the Maritimes with Dr. Daniel Tubb. Dr. Tubb's research addresses the political economy of natural resources (mining, biofuels, and forestry) in Colombia from the perspectice of environmental and economic anthropology. He works with Afro-descendant communities in the Colombian Pacific, and is interested in supervising student research in Latin America and the Maritimes.

Medical anthropology, globalization, development and human health, including HIV/AIDS with Dr. Koumari Mitra.

Bioarchaeological studies of ancient health and stress at the Fortress of Louisbourg, NS with Dr. Amy Scott. Dr. Scott’s work focuses on biochemical studies of stress, skeletal growth and development, mortuary traditions, method development and excavation techniques in Europe and North America. Graduate students have the unique opportunity to work hands-on with skeletal remains from excavation through to laboratory analysis.

Application requirements

  1. Applicants should hold an Honours BA in Anthropology with a minimum GPA 3.0 (B) Average. 
  2. Applicants are required to submit a complete application, a one-page statement describing their interest, and a writing sample(e.g. and undergraduate paper)
  3. International Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit language scores of a minimum of IELTS band 7.

Funding

A MA-level teaching assistantship is valued at approximately $15,000 over 12 months. Outstanding students, such as those who hold a first class honours degree, are eligible to receive a top up Board of Governor Merit Award, or a Magee-Third Century Postgraduate Merit Award, which could add approximately $3000.00 over 12 months. A maximum of five semesters of funding is possible.

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Melanie Wiber, Director of Graduate Studies, or Judy Babin, Graduate Secretary.

Office: Annex C, Rm. 28

Phone: 1-506-453-5071 

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