Undergraduate FAQs

What is the difference between anthropology and sociology?
While anthropology’s methods are now used also in other disciplines, qualitative research distinguishes anthropology from the other social sciences, like sociology, which tend to privilege quantitative method of analysis.

What careers are open to anthropology majors?
An anthropology degree prepares students for a wide range of careers because it teaches critical thinking and analysis skills and provides a perspective on human diversity. Anthropology majors and minors find jobs in law, medicine, psychology, social work, foreign service, community organizations, museums, public administration, journalism, education, and university teaching and research. Professional archaeologists work in private consulting or industry, in museums, and in universities.

Where can I go for more information?
The anthropology department’s website has information about the department, faculty members and students, courses, and programs of study as well as department events. 
You are also always welcome to contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Professor Katherine Lemons (Katherine.lemons [at] mcgill.ca) and the rest of the undergraduate advising team. For contact information and office hours see our advising page.

Is there an Anthropology Students’ Association?
Yes, the Anthropology Students’ Association regularly plans events to help Anthropology students connect with their peers. These include: discussion groups; talks given by anthropology graduate students about their research, wine and cheese events, and trivia nights. See the ASA’s website or the ASA's Facebook page for more information.

Are there opportunities for Anthropology students to publish their work?
Yes, the Anthropology Students’ Association is responsible for the annual student journal, Fields|Terrains, where Anthropology students are encouraged to submit their work to be published.

Where do I find peer support?
The ASA organizes peer tutoring for 200-level Anthropology courses, and also serves as a liaison between students and the department should any issues arise. We work to set up Facebook groups for classes each semester so students can connect with students in their classes.

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