2018 - 2019

What does the food we eat tell us about who we are and where we come from? How are national parks experienced differently by tourists and residents? What can government representations of the Iraq war tell us about American nationalism? How did a women's party make it into the Northern Ireland peace process? These are just a few of the many problems being investigated by anthropologists at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Anthropology students at Memorial learn about the lives of people in diverse societies while also exploring a wide range of important issues and problems that are very relevant to their daily lives. We seek to foster an approach that is at once critical and engaged. While the research interests of the faculty are diverse, we share a strong interest in problems of power and social inequality, which we view as being critical to understanding the contemporary world. The department offers courses that expose students to a range of anthropological theories and fieldwork methods, including: participant observation, interviewing, and the making of documentary films.



 Year One   Year Two   Year Three  Year Four and Beyond
STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

Note: the suggested sequence of courses is flexible for this major.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first ANTH major courses, ANTH 1031 and one ANTH course from between 2410 - 2416.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker.

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca.

 

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take two ANTH courses between 2410 - 2416.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRWLS,and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult  departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take ANTH 3410, ANTH 3300, and three ANTH courses at 3000-level or above.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.

 

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take ANTH 4412, one ANTH course at the 3000-level or above, and two ANTH 4000-level courses.

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

STUDY TIPS

 

 

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors 



CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

 

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through associations like Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA).

Go to departmental welcome event and Anthropology society mixer.

Attend Anthropology speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Think globally about your academic involvement - World Council of Anthropological Associations (WCAA) and others.

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator. 

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator. 

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

Anthropology

Bronwyn Beairsto grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon surrounded by mountains, bears, and many pet dogs. She moved to Newfoundland to attend Memorial in 2010 and quickly fell in love with anthropology. She minored in folklore and graduated in 2015 with an honours degree in anthropology. She is now back in the Yukon working as a ReSDA research assistant at Yukon College.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

My current job is as a research assistant at the Yukon Research Centre. My undergraduate self would be pleased to have found a job that not only interests me, but that allows me to work with and observe seasoned social scientists outside of a classroom.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

My biggest challenge was probably learning to study, not procrastinate, and to not wait until the very last minute to complete projects. I was never fully successful at addressing this, but allotting a certain amount of time per day for study in each subject was helpful.

What resources did you use while at MUN?

Communicating with my professors was very important. Ask them for help and what you can do to improve. Do not be embarrassed to ask questions, even ones you think are stupid. Librarians are also very helpful. Humanities and Social Sciences students write many many papers and librarians are very efficient at finding relevant sources.

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

I met with staff and advisors. Everyone was very friendly, and if they did not have the answer, pointed me towards someone who would. Once I was in the higher level classes and felt comfortable talking to faculty, they were very willing to impart advice.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

While first year I perhaps prioritized extracurricular activities, especially residence events, over academics. Later in my degree the distraction from extracurriculars, such as hiking and jogging clubs, helped me to de-stress when school was getting intense. Sometimes anthropology classes can be very heavy (serious subjects), and it is important to take the time to enjoy your immediate surroundings.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

At MUN I realized I liked academia. It inspired me to seek work in the field, and hopefully continue on to a masters.

Did you participate in a study abroad program?

In third year I did Theatre and Social Justice at Harlow. It was the best semester of my degree. If it is an option, go to Harlow or overseas, especially in anthropology. Having the chance to practice your subject in a new context gives you insight not only into how much you are learning in your degree, but how it can be applied in a world beyond Memorial.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

Take as many classes in as many departments as you can early on. Find a subject you like and professors you like. Try classes that interest you, even if they seem impractical, because working hard in a subject you love is preferable to struggling through a degree you hate. And may lead you to a career you never considered (or in our rapidly changing times, that doesn’t exist yet!). 

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)