Graduate Program

There is a large interest in graduate level study in Anthropology. In keeping with UNBC's innovative approaches to academic study, Anthropology offers post-graduate studies via the interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree (IDIS) and through registration in individual 600 level ANTH courses.

Students interested in pursuing this path should consult with an appropriate member of the faculty in the program, who would potentially serve as the student's supervisor. This consultation would establish the appropriateness of this route given the student's career objectives and research interests.

Details regarding admission procedures, deadlines and other pertinent information can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Programs.

An applicant may undertake an IDIS program only under the following conditions:

  • the applicant's proposed course of study cannot be pursued within an existing degree;
  • the applicant has a well-conceived idea of the courses needed for a program of study and or a thesis topic that the applicant wishes to pursue

The guidelines for the IDIS MA program require that:

  • the proposed subject of study (i.e. the thesis topic) be interdisciplinary in scope, drawing on at least two of the University's academic programs;
  • the student take a minimum of 5 courses, not all, or all but one, course may be taken from one Program;
  • the student submit a proposal conditional to acceptance into the program, and this demonstrates that study of the topic can only be achieved through a multi-disciplinary approach.

NOTEIt is recommended that students wishing to enter the Interdisciplinary Studies program contact the Dean of Graduate Programs to discuss their proposed program of study

IDIS / Anthropology Graduate Students

Krista Voogd Ramsay

Bachelor of Arts (UNBC)
Supervisor:  Dr. Angele Smith

Research Interests:
     Multiculturalism / Interculturalism

Krista is currently in her third year of her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus in Anthropology and Political Science. She graduated from UNBC with a BA in Anthropology and Minor in Women's Studies in 2013.

Krista is interested in the concepts of integration and multiculturalism/interculturalism, and how these affect individuals' sense of place and identity. Krista has worked with these themes in many different projects that she has had the privilege to be part of. These include having been a research assistant in the Social History Research Department at the Kitsumkalum Band Office under the direction of Dr. Jim McDonald, and serving as a research assistant for Dr. Angèle Smith in her research on young adult tourist workers in Banff, Canada.

For her MA Thesis research Krista is conducting a comparative analysis between government structures/policies and lived experience in order to explore the integration of refugees into Irish society. In the summer of 2014 Krista spent a month conducting field research in Dublin, Ireland, including semi-structured interviews and participant observation. She is currently in the process of writing her thesis.

Jack C. Hoggarth

Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant
BA Hons (Trent), MA Candidate (UNBC)

     Dr. Farid Rahemtulla
     Dr. Michael Murphy

Research Interests:
     Circumpolar archaeology
     New World migration theories
     Traditional eschatological knowledge
     Community-driven methodologies

Boozhoo/Gwinzii. My name is Jack Hoggarth and I am of ancestral descent from the Teetl'it Gwich'in settlement, Fort McPherson, NT, and the Vuntut Gwich'in settlement, Old Cros, YK. I am also Mississauga Anishnaabeg (Mississaugo Ojibwe) of Waashkiigmaang (Curve Lfake First Nation), which is located in Southern Ontario.

My undergraduate background was completed at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, in which I received a Double Major Honours in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies. I specialized within the Biological sub-discipline of Anthropology, in which I pursued the paleopathological literature in attempts to expand my perceptions on pre-contact health and life throughout Turtle Island.

My research will draw upon traditional knowledge (TK) of the Dinjii Zhuu (Gwich'in) and current archaeological procedures to provide a balanced system of archaeology than can be employed within our traditional lands. The final product will not be referred to as 'Indigenous Archaeology', as every First Nation and Inuit group throughout Turtle Island has different eschatological, ontological, and methodological perceptions to spirit and the after-life.These various perceptions directly affect the original mortuary practice that was historically performed, which should be reflective within the application of modern archaeological procedures within First Nation and Inuit territorial and secondary-use lands.

          ~ Ni-kina-kinaa ~          ~ To all my relations ~

Mike Landry

BSc Chemistry and Anthropology (UNBC)


Dr. Michel Bouchard

Research Interests:

19th Century First Nations cultural attributes as described by Roman Catholic Oblate Missionaries

My name is Mike Landry and at the present I am involved in completing an Interdisciplinary Masters’ Degree involving the disciplines of Anthropology, History and First Nation studies.  My Supervisor is Dr. Michel Bouchard and my committee members are Dr. Ted Binnema and Dr. Ross Hoffman.  I can be approached at
I returned to studies interested in improving my status as a competitive member of the working force.  While entertaining this endeavour I became interested in University studies.  I graduated from the College of New Caledonia with an Associate Degree in Sciences with Honours in 1998.  When enrolled in the Chemistry program at UNBC I became interested in Anthropology.  The optional elective hours soon became concentrated in Anthropology and subsequently I graduated with a double major in 2002 and attained a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Anthropology.  In 2013, as a mature student and having a “bucket list wish” I became interested in 19th century primary document literature entailing First Nations cultural attributes as described by the Roman Catholic Oblate missionaries.  These specified documents were written and recorded in the French language.  The goal has been to translate these documents and to compare them with the ‘foremost’ documents written already in English by ethnographers, social scientists and possibly other religious denomination recorders.  Besides the literature and data base that is available at UNBC, the Alberta Archives, situated in Edmonton, has provided valuable insight into the metaphysical integration of philosophical questions posed by Oblate missionaries in challenging their faith.  The thesis will bring out those questions that missionaries have fundamentally asked themselves concerning their faith as opposed or in line with the Blackfoot and Cree nations.