Memorial University has offered undergraduate instruction in anthropology since 1959 and in archaeology since 1967. The Archaeology Unit was formed within the Department of Anthropology in 1978, to coordinate archaeological research, teaching and care of collections.
In 2007, we changed our name from Department of Anthropology to Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, to better reflect the scope of our work.
The Department has an international reputation due to the strong research profiles of its faculty members and its vibrant teaching programs. The master's degree was first offered in 1963. Since then, we have granted over 90 postgraduate degrees. We introduced our doctoral programs in Anthropology and in Archaeology in 2001.
While the research interests of the Social and Cultural Anthropology faculty are diverse, there is a strong convergence in the unit on problems of power, inequality and social conflict. Faculty and graduate students bring an ethnographic sensibility to a wide range of contemporary problems.
Memorial University Archaeology Unit has a special focus on the archaeology of the Atlantic region, although members of our faculty also have expertise in both Old and New World archaeology and in biological anthropology.
Our interests cover a wide range, from the study of ancient Native cultures, through the historic archaeology of European expansion, to downed World War II aircraft.
The Department of Anthropology and Archaeology has recently introduced a PhD degree program and has added a non-thesis route to the MA degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology. These new programs will add to the existing MA degree in Anthropology. Candidates for the MA and PhD in Anthropology may specialize in either social and cultural anthropology or physical anthropology and archaeology.
International Student Requirements:
TOEFL: English Proficiency min score: 550 paper-based score / 213 Computer-based score / 80 Internet-based score
IELTS: Band 6.5 or higher