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

Courtney Lawrence

Bachelor of Arts Anthropology (Grant MacEwan University)

Supervisor:  Dr. Farid Rahemtulla

Co-Supervisor:  Dr. Ted Binnema


Research Interests:

     Stone tool technology 
     Fish weir technology
     Pre-contact diaspora
     Central Interior British Columbia Archaeology Identity

Courtney is currently in his first year of his Interdisciplinary Master’s program, with a focus on pre-contact stone tool use in the region of Babine Lake. He graduated from MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with an Anthropology major and History minor in 2017.  He had also acted as President of the MacEwan Anthropology Students’ Society from September 2015 until April 2017.  During his undergraduate degree, Courtney had worked as a paid research assistant to both Dr. Prince and Dr. Boag.  He had also volunteered under Bob Dawe at the Royal Alberta Museum, where he helped add important information to Dawe’s national database of quarry locations.  In addition, Courtney had participated with an excavation on the Nadleh Whut’en reserve in 2015, and had volunteered to help excavate the Mill Creek Ravine site in 2016.

Courtney is interested in the manufacture and use of stone tool technology in the north-central interior of British Columbia.  He is also interested in fish weir technology and pre-contact diaspora.

Courtney’s thesis topic is focused on the pre-contact stone tool use at Nilkitkwa Lake, Babine Lake and the Babine River.  It will involve the analysis of stone tools found on Smokehouse Island, and will incorporate the oral histories of the Babine, historical documents, and residue analysis.


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.