Anthropology (BA Program)

Michel Bouchard, Associate Professor and Chair
Richard Lazenby, Professor
Angèle Smith, Associate Professor
Farid Rahemtulla, Assistant Professor
Erin Gibson, Adjunct Professor
Karyn Smith, Adjunct Professor

Website: http://www.unbc.ca/anthropology

Anthropology is the integrated biological and sociocultural investigation of humankind, from the time of our pre-human ancestors to the present, including the study of both small- and large-scale societies. The program includes courses in archaeological, biological, linguistic and sociocultural anthropology. While a small number of mandatory courses will ensure that all students in the program share basic understanding of the range of anthropological approaches, students are able to select courses within the program and from other parts of the curriculum to focus on specific interests. The following suggestions illustrate the range of possibilities: a student with an interest in language could select courses within the programs in First Nations Studies, International Studies, English and Psychology; a student intending to enter a graduate program in archaeology might select courses from First Nations Studies, Geology, Geography, History and Environmental Studies programs; a student planning to work in the subfield of sociocultural anthropology could select courses from First Nations Studies, International Studies, Northern Studies, Women's Studies and Social Work; a student interested in biological (or medical) anthropology would include courses in Biology, Environmental Studies and Statistics; and a career in museology or cultural property management might benefit from a background in Resource Recreation and Tourism or administration as well as First Nations Studies, International Studies, History and Northern Studies.

Anthropology prepares students for entrance to a number of graduate programs (Archaeology, Biological and Sociocultural Anthropology, Museology); several types of professional programs (Law, Library and Information Science, Communicative Disorders, Social Work, Education, etc.); or employment in government or the private sector. Students aiming towards specific career goals should discuss their interests with advisors in the program at an early stage.

Major in Anthropology

Students majoring in anthropology must take 42 credit hours in Anthropology courses (14 courses). Students may not take more than 60 credit hours of Anthropology without written permission of the Department Chair.

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Anthropology is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements and Recommendations

Lower-Division

Recommendation

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery

Requirements

ANTH 200-3 Biological Anthropology
ANTH 205-3 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 213-3 Peoples and Cultures

Upper-Division Requirements

One of:

ANTH 300-3 Methods in Social Anthropology
ANTH 301-3 Archaeological Lab Methods
ANTH 310-3 Applied Anthropology
ANTH 312-3 Human Adaptability

One of:

ANTH 315-3 Anthropological Theory
ANTH 325-3 Archaeological Theory
ANTH 460-3 Anthropology Capstone

Eight additional 3 credit-hour courses in Anthropology of which four courses must be upper-level.

Subject Requirement

Students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in anthropology or work as practising anthropologists are encouraged to take an additional five upper-level courses, including field school courses and internships.

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

BA Honours - Anthropology

The BA Honours - Anthropology provides a higher level of training and specialization for students planning to proceed to academic and professional postgraduate study. Acceptance into the Anthropology Honours Program is by written application to the Chair, in which the student identifies the subdiscipline of interest, provides a statement of career objectives, and attaches an unofficial copy of their current transcript. The Honours Program is open to all students majoring in Anthropology who:

  1. have completed 60 credit hours of course work
  2. have completed all lower-level requirements for the major in Anthropology
  3. possess a Cumulative GPA of 3.33.

In addition to the requirements for the Major in Anthropology, the Honours student will complete 12 additional credit hours, for a minimum total of 132 credit hours to graduate. These 12 credit hours derive from three courses, in a directed sequence of study.

ANTH 500-3 Method and Theory Seminar
ANTH 501-3 Research Prospectus
ANTH 502-6 Honours Thesis

The minimum requirement for completion of a BA Honours - Anthropology  is 132 credit hours.

Joint Major in Anthropology and Geography (BA)

The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a Joint Major in Anthropology and Geography is 120 credit hours.

Program Requirements and Recommendations

Recommendation

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery

Students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in Anthropology or Geography are encouraged to take additional anthropology or geography courses up to 90 credit hours. 

Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

GEOG 101-3 Planet Earth
ANTH 200-3 Biological Anthropology
ANTH 205-3 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 213-3 Peoples and Cultures
ECON 205-3 Statistics for Business and the Social Sciences
     or MATH 240-3 Basic Statistics
     or STAT 240-3 Basic Statistics 
Four of:
     GEOG 200-3 British Columbia: People and Places
     GEOG 202-3 Resources, Economies, and Sustainability
     GEOG 203-3 Canada: Places, Cultures and Indentities
     GEOG 204-3 Introduction to GIS for the Social Sciences
     GEOG 206-3 Social Geography
     GEOG 209-3 Migration and Development
     GEOG 220-3 World Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean
     GEOG 222-3 World Regions: Russia

Upper-Division Requirements

One of:
     ANTH 300-3 Methods in Social Anthropology
     ANTH 301-3 Archaeological Lab Methods
     ANTH 310-3 Applied Anthropology
     ANTH 312-3 Human Adaptability
One of:
     ANTH 315-3 Anthropological Theory
     ANTH 325-3 Archaeological Theory
ANTH 460-3 Anthropology Capstone

Three Upper-Division Anthropology courses (9 credit hours) excluding ANTH 499-(3-6) Independent Study

Six of:
     GEOG 301-3 Cultural Geography
     GEOG 305-3 Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
     GEOG 306-3 Critical Development Geographies
     GEOG 307-3 Changing Arctic: Human and Environmental Systems
     GEOG 308-3 Health Geography
     GEOG 401-3 Tenure, Conflict, and Resource Geography
     GEOG 403-3 First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
     GEOG 420-3 Environmental Justice

21 additional credit hours of upper-division courses in any subject

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective course hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credit hours necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (See Academic Regulation 15).

Minor in Anthropology: Archaeological Anthropology

The minor in Archaeological Anthropology requires completion of a total of seven courses (21 credit hours), consisting of four lower-division courses (12 credit hours) and three upper-division courses (9 credit hours). A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major (or another minor) may also be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in Archaeological Anthropology.

Requirements and Recommendations

Recommendation

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery

Requirements

ANTH 203-3 Archaeology of the Americas
ANTH 205-3 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 212-3 Archaeology of the Old World

Select 9 credit hours from:

ANTH 301-3 Archaeological Lab Methods
ANTH 325-3 Archaeological Theory
ANTH 335-3 Archaeological Heritage Management
ANTH 380-3 Special Topics in Archaeology
ANTH 409-3 Topics in British Columbia Archaeology
ANTH 425-3 Introduction to Zooarchaeology
ANTH 430-3 Stone Tools in Archaeology
ANTH 440-(3-6) Internship
ANTH 460-3 Anthropology Capstone
ANTH 498-(3-6) Special Topics in Anthropology
ANTH 499-(3-6) Independent Study

Minor in Anthropology: Biological Anthropology

The minor requires completion of a total of six courses (18 credit hours), consisting of two lower-division courses (6 credit hours) and four upper-division courses (12 credit hours). With approval of the Chair, a maximum of one course (3 credit hours) used to fulfill requirements for a non-Anthropology major (or another minor) may also be used to fulfill program requirements for the minor in Biological Anthropology.

Requirements and Recommendations

Recommendation

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery

Requirements

ANTH 200-3 Biological Anthropology
ANTH 312-3 Human Adaptability

Select 9 credit hours from:

ANTH 311-3 Nutritional Anthropology
ANTH 320-3 Biology of Circumpolar Peoples
ANTH 411-3 Topics in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 420-3 Races, Racism, and Human Biology
ANTH 460-3 Anthropology Capstone 
ANTH 499-(3-6) Independent Study

Minor in Anthropology: General Anthropology

The minor requires completion of a total of six courses (18 credit hours), consisting of two lower-division courses (6 credit hours) and four upper-division Anthropology courses (12 credit hours) no more than two of which may be chosen from any single existing Anthropology Minor Area of Focus.

Requirements and Recommendations

Lower Division

Recommendation

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery

Requirements

One of:

ANTH 200-3 Biological Anthropology
ANTH 205-3 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 213-3 Peoples and Cultures

Upper Division Requirement

ANTH 315-3 Understanding Theory

Four additional courses, three of which must be upper-division courses.

Minor in Anthropology: Sociocultural Anthropology

The minor requires completion of a total of six courses (18 credit hours), consisting of two lower-division courses (6 credit hours) and four upper-division courses (12 credit hours).

Requirements

Select 6 credit hours from:

ANTH 213-3 Peoples and Cultures
     or  ANTH 211-3 Anthropology Through Film
ANTH 315-3 Anthropological Theory

Select 12 credit hours from:

ANTH 300-3 Methods in Social Anthropology
ANTH 303-3 Archives/Texts/Museums and Contemporary Communities
ANTH 304-3 Kinship and Social Organization
ANTH 305-3 Circumpolar Ethnography
ANTH 310-3 Applied Anthropology
ANTH 400-3 Anthropological Theory
ANTH 401-3  Anthropological Perspectives on Inequality 
ANTH 404-3 Comparative Study of Indigenous Peoples of the World
ANTH 405-3 Topics in Landscape and Place
ANTH 406-3 Feminist Perspectives in Anthropology
ANTH 407-3 British Columbia Ethnography
ANTH 410-3 Theory of Nation and State
ANTH 413-3 Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 414-3 Religion, Ideology, and Belief Systems
ANTH 415-3 Economic Anthropology
ANTH 419-3 Political and Legal Anthropology
ANTH 421-3 Ethnographic Field Methods
ANTH 422-3 Ethnographic Research Project
ANTH 423-3 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 460-3 Anthropology Capstone

Updated: April 10, 2018