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Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers programs of study that lead to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts. Anthropology at UBC advances the study and constructive understanding of human diversity and commonality, across the globe and throughout the long span of human existence. We pursue this aim through research, teaching, and community collaboration, grounded in multiple analytical and interpretive methods that share a commitment to field and museum based inquiry.

Our undergraduate program is divided into three streams (museology/visual anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology, and archaeology/bioarchaeology) but share core program outcomes for our graduates:

  • Explore the worlds of cultural expression in different media from different places and times.
  • Experience the processes of conducting research and the challenges of making sense of other peoples’ lives, past and present.
  • Empathize with the contexts and perspectives of people in all walks of life and communities via anthropological views on cultural literacy.
  • Recognize the asymmetries and manifestations of power in relationships and institutions, especially those involving marginalized communities and individuals.
  • Evaluate claims, academic and otherwise, about the nature of humanity and the narratives of history and culture.
  • Reflect critically on the role of scholarship in the understanding of culture and identity.
  • Apply the logic and understanding of anthropology to issues facing communities around the world, especially as they confront powerful local and global interests.
  • Engage in productive discussion with diverse communities to unsettle assumptions and misconceptions commonly held about Aboriginal and Indigenous issues.
  • Communicate scholarship to a range of audiences as equal partners in the understanding of human experience.

For current offerings, visit the Department.

For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Anthropology.

Major in Anthropology

A total of 42 credits within Anthropology, at least 30 credits of which must be numbered 300 or higher. All students considering the Major in Anthropology are encouraged to meet with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program and periodically during their third and fourth years.

Three primary areas of concentration are offered within the Anthropology Major: Anthropological Archaeology, Museum and Visual Anthropology, and Socio-Cultural Anthropology.

Lower-level Requirements

ANTH 100 and ARCL 103 or 140; 3 credits chosen from other ANTH or ARCL courses at the 200-level.

Upper-level Requirements

At least 30 credits of upper-level ANTH or ARCL courses, including:

  1. ANTH 300 and 400
  2. 3 credits in research methods and techniques: ANTH 317, 407, 408, 409, 417, 418, 431, 451, 452, 478, 480; ARCL 306, 405, 406, 419, 424, 425, 430.
  3. 3 credits in anthropological archaeology: ARCL 203, 204, 228, 231, 232, 305, 306, 309, 318, 319, 321-326, 405, 406, 410, 411, 419, 420, 424, 425, 430.
  4. 3 credits in museum and visual anthropology: ANTH 221, 241, 331, 341, 378, 431, 432, 478.
  5. 6 credits from the following ethnographic and linguistic area courses: ANTH 215, 217, 220, 301-304, 307, 308, 315, 329, 332, 350, 351, 353, 401-404, 416, 423, 435, 480.

A course in statistics, such as ANTH 418, is also recommended as part of the major and honours programs in anthropology and the Minor in Anthropological Archaeology .

Honours in Anthropology

A total of 60 credits in anthropology, at least 48 of which must be numbered 300 or higher. All students considering the Honours program in Anthropology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program and periodically during their third and fourth years.

Admission

Admission to the honours program requires a high B average, credit for ANTH 100 and ARCL 103 or 140, and 3 credits chosen from other ANTH or ARCL courses at the 200-level.

At least 48 credits in anthropology, including:

  • The same upper-level requirements as the Major in Anthropology; and,
  • An undergraduate honours thesis: ANTH 449 (6)

Minor in Anthropology

All students considering the Minor in Anthropology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program.

At least 30 credits in ANTH, including ANTH 100. At least 18 of these credits must be upper-level course credits.

Minor in Anthropological Archaeology

All students considering the Minor in Anthropological Archaeology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program. Students combining the Minor with a Major or Honours program in Anthropology should be aware of double-counting. ANTH 418 can be counted toward either program.

At least 30 credits in anthropological archaeology, including ARCL 103 or 140, 203 or 204, and 305, plus 3 credits in applied research methods (ARCL 306, 405, 406, 419, 424, 425, 430, ANTH 418, 433, 495). At least 18 credits must be at the 300-level or above.

There are three recommended pathways through the minor, although course choice is unrestricted beyond the above requirements:

Anthropological Archaeology Variant
Required courses plus 21 credits from. ARCL 103, 204, 231, 232, 306, 309, 318, 319, 321,-324, 405, 406, 419, 420, 430, ANTH 418.

Bioarchaeology Variant
Required courses plus 21 credits from. ARCL 140, 204, 228, 309, 325, 326, 406, 419, 425, 430, ANTH 418.

First Nations Heritage Management/Cultural Resource Management Variant
Required courses plus 21 credits from. ARCL 140, 204, 231, 306, 309, 318, 405, 406, 419, 420, 424, 425, 430, ANTH 418.

Undergraduate Courses

The majority of lower-level ANTH and ARCL are general courses open to all students.

Upper-level ANTH and ARCL Courses are intended primarily for students in the minors, major and honours programs. Except for ANTH 449, these are open to non-majors and students in the General B.A. Program with appropriate prerequisites or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 100 is a prerequisite to all upper-level ANTH courses and ARCL 103 is a prerequisite to all upper-level ARCL courses in the department except those described above as "general."

First Nations

Students interested in First Nations and Indigenous Studies or First Nations and Endangered Languages may choose from among the following courses beginning in the second year: ANTH 220, 221, 232, 301, 304, 321, 329, 401, 404, 411, 431; ARCL 231, 420.

The following courses also regularly include material relating to indigenous studies: ANTH 331, 332, 341, 407, 408, 424, 431. First Nations content is also explored in all FNEL and FNIS courses as well as many ARTH and HIST courses.

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