Success Maps

Anthropology Success Map

All Pillars | All Years
1st Year (0-30 Credit Hours)
BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Complete one or more of the introductory Anthropology courses: ANTH 1202, ANTH 1271, ANTH 1280, ANTH 1290, and ANTH 2282.

Familiarize yourself with the academic regulations and statements about academic integrity and student responsibility in the Academic Calendar.

Begin taking Basic Arts Requirement courses.

Need extra help? Visit a peer mentor of the SMarts Advantage Program in room MM214A.

Explore your options for majors and minors by attending the Programs Day across faculties in February.

Register for classes as soon as registration opens. Classes fill early!

Learn about Anthropology courses, program, faculty, and facilities in the Academic Calendar and on the University web site.

Familiarize yourself with Banner and Brightspace.

Visit your Academic Advisor or Department Chair to be sure you have the right courses.

Gather information on Cooperative Education opportunities.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Work on the literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills that will serve you throughout your university career.

Improve your writing skills at the Writing Centre. Get expert feedback and incorporate it into your work.

Develop research skills by navigating online databases and the stacks at the Patrick Power Library. Take a virtual tour.

Build a résumé at a Résumé Seminar, to prepare for internships, scholarships, and summer jobs.

Start your Co-Curricular Record. Document your acquired skills from on- and off-campus activities and volunteer work.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life

Attend Welcome Week. Make friends. Meet classmates, faculty, and advisors at academic orientation. Attend a session about a culture of safety and respect at Saint Mary's.

Introduce yourself to your professors after class or during office hours.

Visit the Societies Fair. Seek out some student societies and the Anthropology Society and Archaeology Society.

Try Speak Up!, a program where international students practice speaking English.

Stay Active. Explore SMUfit, campus sports, exercise, and recreation opportunities.

Apply for a scholarship. There are more than 260 available!

Need help with time management, organizational, or presentation skills? Book an Academic & Life Skills Coaching session.

Learn to budget your money. Attend a Financial Literacy workshop or get advice from Financial Aid and Awards.

Check in with Career Services to start discussing your career goals, related to your program. Experiment with different classes to see what you like.

When facing a personal crisis, get help from the Counselling Centre.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Consider courses with global themes for your electives.

Need a job? Create a HireSMU account to find available jobs.

Not from Halifax? Explore and discover all our cultural opportunities and have fun.

Keep current with local events. Read Pride in Your Shared Neighbourhood newsletter.

Travel while studying after 1st year. Investigate travel options beyond Canada at International Activities.

If you take courses at other universities, it’s possible to have credit transferred back to Saint Mary’s. Explore this option ahead of time with an Arts Student Advisor or the Chair of Anthropology.

Obtain or update your passport in preparation for possible international travel.

Not from Canada? Browse Services for International Students for available support.

Attend International Night—an annual banquet showcasing SMU’s many cultures.

2nd Year (30-60 Credit Hours)
BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Take more Anthropology courses in 2nd year and beyond, including the following advanced courses at the 2000 and 3000 level: ANTH 2311, ANTH 2316, ANTH 2326, ANTH 2327, ANTH 2401, ANTH 3301, ANTH 3303, ANTH 3316, ANTH 3375, ANTH 3470, ANTH 3826-3849, ANTH 3876-3899

Give serious thought to applying for the Anthropology honours program. Admission requirements are a minimum 3.0 GPA and approval of an honours thesis committee.

Thinking of changing majors or minors? Attend Programs Day for help.

Visit your Academic Advisor or Department Chair to be sure you have the right courses and to declare your major in this year.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Continue to work on your literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills.

Take advantage of the 2000-level Anthropology courses that feature small classes and individualized learning. Visit Anthropology laboratories to observe research experiments.

Think seriously about summer field schools and internships related to Anthropology.

Upgrade your writing with one-on-one tutorials at the Writing Centre or through online resources.

Learn advanced researching techniques at the Library.

Update your Co-Curricular Record to keep track of your accomplishments and set new goals.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life


Have fun and learn something new as a member of an Anthropology student society.

Apply your classroom learning and improve soft skills by joining some student societies.

Attend campus lectures, events, conferences, and workshops staged by Arts departments and by the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture.

Apply for the many available returning student awards, including the Prince John Loewenstein award, and the Student International Conference Participation award offered by the Department of Anthropology.

Participate in intramurals. Demonstrate your team skills and character to future employers and admissions officers.

Browse the Scholarship List and modify your cover letter to match the criteria. Apply between February and May.

Need more academic support? Contact Personal Counselling or Academic & Life Skills Coaching.

Seek Career Counselling. Explore the core competencies of your major, and career possibilities related to your strengths, interests, and values.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Discover ways to give back to your community, from local to global. Come to the Volunteer Fair held every September, or speak to a Career and Employment Coach at Career Services.

Get involved with activities outside of your major and minor. Employers like well-rounded candidates.

If you are an Anthropology major or minor, make sure that you are part of the Anthropology student email listserv.

Attend a LinkedIn photo shoot and a LinkedIn Seminar with Career Services. Put your best (and most professional) face forward!

Keep your HireSMU Account updated with accurate contact information and most recent résumés.

Consider applying for the Co-op Program at the beginning of 2nd year (30+ credits). Gain work experience over three terms.

Aim to attend events and conferences sponsored by professional and avocational organizations such as the Canadian Anthropology Society, Canadian Archaeological Association, Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology, Canadian Society of Forensic Science, and the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society.

Visit the International Activities office for a study-abroad program or an international field study course in 2nd - 4th years.

Explore options for international internships in your area of study.

3rd Year (60-90 Credit Hours)
BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Visit your Academic Advisor to be sure you’re on the right track to meet graduation requirements on the chosen program.

Continue working towards 2000-level or 3000-level ANTH courses.

Meet your Faculty Mentor or Department Chair at least once a year for help with course selection, career advice, certifications, or selecting a thesis supervisor for the Honours Program.

Thinking about graduate school? Contact Career Services for options and admission procedures, and begin planning for applications with your Faculty Mentor/Department Chair.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Improve your research skills and grades by visiting the Library and using the Research-by-Appointment service for one-on-one help.

Visit the Writing Centre for workshops on Exam Writing & Preparation.

Update your Co-Curricular Record.

Take seminars and other kinds of courses that nurture your conversational and group participation skills.

Consider applying for an Anthropology teaching assistantship to benefit from working with a professor and learning how to grade and tutor other students.

Consider negotiating a directed independent studies course to nurture your independent study skills.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life

Get to know your professors. They are excellent contacts for reference letters. Chat about your future plans for 4th year and beyond.

Attend the Research Expo. Learn from the research and critical analysis of peers and professors. Also, showcase your own research project.

Take an interest in University open houses for prospective students where you can practice public speaking by sharing with students and parents what you have learned at Saint Mary’s so far.

Join campus societies in your field. These provide opportunities to network with the industry and professionals.

Run for a leadership position in any Anthropology student society.

Apply for over 200 scholarship and bursary awards, especially those that are specific to Anthropology.

Visit the Career Development Centre for help with tactical job searches, including using social media, information interview, fine-tuning your résumé and cover letter, and practicing interview skills.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Attend the Halifax Career Fair in September and March. Discover career opportunities and employer expectations.

Nurture your relationship with professors and their professional networks, including recent Anthropology alumni who have pursued careers and life trajectories such as ones you envision for yourself.

Let your networks know your major. Seek out potential employers for information and interviews.

Explore new internships designed to help international graduates gain experience in Nova Scotia.

4th Year (90-120 Credit Hours)
BUILD Knowledge & Expertise

Is it too late to do an Honours degree? Speak to the Department Chair about your idea.

Complete a CAPP Degree Evaluation in Banner.

Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research. Discuss SMU graduate opportunities.

Contact your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor/Department Chair to ensure you are on track for graduation requirements and post-graduation plan.

Apply to graduate. Fill out an application for graduation form and submit it to the Service Centre. Get your picture taken for the yearbook.

Consider graduate schools or professional programs such as law or medicine. Start early, and ask your professors and the Writing Centre to review your personal statement, cover letter, and applications.

Request transcripts, if required.

DEVELOP Essential Skills

Aim to graduate with a range of Anthropology courses in the subjects that you most enjoy and that will help prepare you for your life after graduation.

Before you graduate, do a final update of your Co-Curricular Record, and request an official copy.

Polish your broad intellectual and research skills, including writing, computing, public speaking, critical thinking, and analysis, that you will carry forward into your life after graduation.

Consult the book "Careers in Anthropology" by John Omohundro, for tips on finding an Anthropology-related job.

Visit Career Services to prepare to clearly and persuasively articulate all you have learned at Saint Mary’s (in and out of class) to an employer.

PARTICIPATE in Campus Life

Talk to other students about how they are preparing for life after graduation.

Whenever possible, take part in on-campus collaborative projects with professors.

Serve as Department Student Representative. Speak to your Department Chair.

Enter your best research paper for the Academic Writing Awards.

Get recognized for your involvement in the classroom and in the Saint Mary’s community. Apply for the Student Leadership Award.

Apply for other awards, including the SMUFU scholarship.

Brush up on your Financial Literacy. Receive guidance for a successful and healthy financial future, including student loan repayment.

Your degree can open the door to many types of careers. Use Career Counselling to discover where you want to go and how best to get there.

Plan to attend Career Services’ 4-week Job Search Seminar Series before or after graduation.

Work to strengthen your résumé with activities that are both helpful and impressive to prospective employers.

CONNECT Locally & Globally

Consider community volunteering and anthropology-related jobs.

Add your name and address to the Anthropology graduate student email list in order to maintain contact with the Department and other students after graduation.

Be prepared to apply, interview, and network when school begins, to maximize your chance of receiving some job offers before graduation.

In addition to the Halifax Career Fair, attend some career fairs specific to your program. Bring your résumé. Prepare in advance to speak with recruiters and potential employers.

Apply for the Halifax Connector program. Meet with a Halifax professional in a field of your interest.

If you are a co-op student, arrange for your final work term placement early.

Are you an international student interested in staying in Canada and receiving permanent resident status? Contact the International Centre.

Get in contact with the SMU Young Alumni Association to begin your next phase as a Santamarian.

Remember, you have access to Career Services for three years post-graduation. Use these services to help you continue to get the most out of your degree.