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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Crystal Braye

folklorist with the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador

"Laurier’s Anthropology program made me aware of the responsibilities that accompany the presentation of cultural heritage to emic and etic audiences. What I learned about authority, voice, language, interpersonal relationships, and representations challenges me every day to be critical and conscientious in my work researching and curating cultural heritage."

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Emily Anson

licensed archaeologist with Fisher Archaeological Consulting and the president of the Hamilton chapter of the Ontario Archaeological Society

"My years exploring different cultural perspectives and Indigenous oral histories in Laurier’s Anthropology program illuminated the complexities of excavating and studying Indigenous artifacts as a non-Indigenous person. I came to understand the very real need for archaeologists in Canada to engage and communicate with Indigenous communities in a deeper way."

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Kendra Foord

student programmer at Conestoga College

"After taking Anthropology 101 in my second year at Laurier, I knew I had found a major that I could happily pair with Women and Gender Studies. [...] In my Anthropology courses, I often found the opportunity to challenge Western notions charity and social justice and explore the many ways of seeking justice across a wide range of cultures."

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Raymond Seelen

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and Legal Aid Ontario

"I use what I learned in Laurier’s Anthropology program in community lawyering all the time. Many of my clients are immigrants, refugees, and racialized people. Anthropology has helped me translate Canada’s arcane legal system to them, and their experiences to the court in a way to get judges to help them."

Jacob Bolduc

planner with Fotenn Planning and Urban Design

"In my time studying Anthropology at Laurier, I took courses on numerous socio-cultural topics including the culture of science and technology, the interplay of race, ethnicity and nationalism, and the intricacies of religion, ritual and magic. It was the concepts of structure and agency from my course on space and place that led me to consider urban planning as a career. [...] Anthropology at Laurier taught me to keep my eyes open and notice the subtleties of the human condition as it relates to people and their environment."

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Spencer Hawtin

instructor in Digital Communications, Humber College

My education in anthropology has contributed greatly to my teaching success. The research I did about online communities has strengthened my understanding of audiences, which, as communities themselves, must be understood in order to effectively create content. I often tell my students they must study their audiences, know their needs, participate in their activities and communicate with them in order to create for them.

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Notable Alumni

  • Ashley Frawley, senior lecturer in Sociology and Public Policy at Swansea University
  • Liam Brady, anthropological archaeologist and senior lecturer at Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University
  • Renee Sylvain, associate professor of Anthropology, University of Guelph
  • Jenna Harris, actor and playwright


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