Saint Mary’s University Faculty of Arts

A reputation for challenging students at an advanced level.

In conversation with Laura deBoer & Courtney Glen, Senior Archaeologists at Davis MacIntyre & Associates

What pushed you two to enroll at Saint Mary’s?
Laura: SMU’s honours program in Anthropology has an excellent reputation for challenging its students at a fairly advanced level. I took a major in Anthropology with a minor in Classics because I initially wanted to be an Egyptologist or Classical Archaeologist, but there are so many opportunities right here in Nova Scotia!

Courtney: I was actually a Chemistry major for my first two years of university. I was drawn to SMU because of my interest in forensic science, and at the end of my first year I started the Forensic Science Diploma program. I started to realize that the classes that were of most interest to me were the Archaeology and Anthropology classes, so in my third year, I switched into a major in Anthropology, with a minor in Chemistry and a diploma in Forensic Science.

What were your experiences in the program like?
Courtney: Once I started being exposed to archaeological and archival research, I realized how much I enjoyed it. It was very satisfying for me to conduct detailed archival research and compile a report.

Laura: I enjoyed the variety of courses available. My degree is in Anthropology, which means I didn’t just study Archaeology, but also linguistic, social, physical and forensic Anthropology. I don’t necessarily use all of what I learned on a day-to-day basis, but it really helps to make my approach to work more well-rounded.

How did your degree help you land your current career?
Courtney: My SMU degree helped me to realize what I wanted to do—Archaeology—and in my last year at SMU, I decided to enroll in a Masters program in Landscape Archaeology at the University of York (UK). My time at SMU also meant that I had great practical experience, as well as research experience, and combined with my Masters, that gave me a very good grounding in Archaeology.

How is your career a perfect fit for you?
Laura: I love the variety and I love a good mystery, and I get both doing this kind of work.

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