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Department of Anthropology

Anthropology studies the human condition globally and cross-culturally, treating our way of life as only one among many. In an increasingly cosmopolitan world, where people from different places and backgrounds frequently interact, anthropology promotes an understanding of human variation. Among its key concepts is that of culture: the patterns of behavior, thought, and feeling that people learn as members of social groups.

Students in anthropology at the University of Regina take courses that cover many aspects of social and cultural life, many regions of the world, and many theories of culture and society. These courses are designed to develop students' ability to write, do social research, analyze ideas, synthesize information, and interpret the world in which we live.

Traditionally, most anthropologists have been employed in universities and museums as teachers and researchers. However, the skills learned through the study of anthropology are highly transferable, and are increasingly recognized in fields as diverse as international development, health sciences, education, community services, tourism and recreation, management and labour relations, and the formulation of social policy.

Graduate Program

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Regina offers a Master’s program on a special case basis only. Because we do not have a standardized Master’s Program, we design an individualized program for each student, consisting of four approved courses and a thesis topic. Our special case program is well suited for self-motivated learners who wish to explore in-depth a particular aspect of social, cultural, or linguistic anthropology with two or more of our faculty members. We are especially interested in applicants whose interests overlap with those of our faculty.

Currently, our department has six full-time faculty members, all of whom are socio-cultural anthropologists. Our small size prevents us from offering a broad program, or guaranteeing that you will have the benefit of studying with other graduate students in anthropology. We are eager to have more graduate students, and encourage you to discuss your interests with us at an early stage, since you cannot submit a formal application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research without first securing a supervisor and negotiating a program of study with us.

Please contact Department Head, Dr. Susanne Kuehling, at  or Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Gediminas Lankauskas, at


Submitting An Application

If you are interested in applying to our special case Master’s program, first you must identify an appropriate supervisor, who is a member of the Anthropology Department, and then contact him or her with a "letter of intent." In this letter of one or two double-spaced pages, clearly describe your research interests, indicate what courses you would like to take, and suggest a thesis topic. Some of the courses in your program can be devised by the Department to better suit your interests, or taken within other departments at the University of Regina. Graduate courses can also be taken at other universities in western Canada for credit in our Master’s program.   

When you secure a supervisor, submit your complete application package to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina. Please note that Graduate Studies charges an application fee.  There are no appplication deadlines.

Please address all correspondence to:

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
University of Regina
Regina, SK  Canada S4S 0A4 
Phone: 306-585-5584           
Fax: 306-585-4893                 

Contact Us

Department of Anthropology

University of Regina
Classroom Building 306.1
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina SK S4S 0A2
Phone: 306-585-4189

Department Head

Dr. Susanne Kuehling


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