Anthropology (BA Program)

Richard Lazenby, Professor Emeritus

Angèle Smith, Associate Professor and Chair
Michel Bouchard, Professor
Alex Oehler, Assistant Professor
Farid Rahemtulla, Assistant Professor
Lianne Tripp, Assistant Professor
Erin Gibson, Adjunct Professor
Brenda Guernsey, Adjunct Professor
Earl Henderson, Adjunct Professor
Rudy Reimer, Adjunct Professor

Website: http://www.mytalkbd.com/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 54 credit hours in Anthropology courses (18 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

Lower-Division Requirements

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery
ANTH 200-3 Biological Anthropology
ANTH 205-3 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 213-3 Peoples and Cultures
ANTH 217-3 Language and Culture

Upper-Division Requirements

ANTH 460-3?Anthropology Capstone

One of the following:

ANTH 300-3 Qualitative Methods
ANTH 301-3 Archaeological Lab Methods
ANTH 310-3 Practicing Anthropology
ANTH 312-3 Human Adaptability?and Environmental Stress

One of the following:

ANTH 315-3 Anthropological Theory
ANTH 325-3 Archaeological Theory

Ten additional 3 credit hour courses in Anthropology of which six courses must be upper-level.

Subject Requirement

Students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in anthropology or work in anthropology-related careers are encouraged to take 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).

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

Lower-Division Requirement

ANTH 200-3 Biological Anthropology
ANTH 205-3 Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 213-3 Peoples and Cultures
GEOG 101-3 Planet Earth
GEOG 102-3 Earth from Above
Four of the following:
GEOG 200-3 British Columbia: People and Places
GEOG 202-3 Resources, Economies, and Sustainability
GEOG 203-3 Canada: Places, Cultures and Identities
GEOG 204-3 Introduction to GIS
GEOG 206-3 Social Geography
GEOG 209-3 Migration and Development
GEOG 211-3 Natural Hazards: Human and Environmental Dimensions
GEOG 220-3 World Regions: Latin America and the Caribbean
GEOG 222-3 World Regions: Russia
GEOG 298-3 Special Topics

Upper-Division Requirements

ANTH 315-3 Anthropological Theory
? ? ? or?ANTH 325-3 Archaeological Theory
ANTH 460-3 Anthropology Capstone
One of the following:
ANTH 300-3 Qualitative Methods
ANTH 301-3 Archaeological Lab Methods
ANTH 310-3 Practicing Anthropology
ANTH 312-3 Human Adaptability?and Environmental Stress

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

Four of the following:
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 324-3 Community-Based Research
GEOG 333-3 Geography Field School
Two of the following: ? ? ?
GEOG 401-3 Tenure, Conflict, and Resource Geography
GEOG 403-3 First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
GEOG 420-3 Environmental Justice
GEOG 424-3 Northern Communities
GEOG 426-3 Geographies of Culture, Rights and Power

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).

Students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in Anthropology or Geography are?encouraged to choose electives in Anthropology or Geography.


Minor in Anthropology: Anthropological Archaeology

The minor in Anthropological Archaeology requires completion of a minimum of seven courses (21 credit hours), consisting of three lower-division courses (9 credit hours) and four upper-division courses (12 credit hours). A minor in Anthropology cannot be taken in addition to a major in Anthropology.

Requirements

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery

Two of the following:

ANTH 203-3 Archaeology of the Americas
ANTH 205-3 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 212-3 Archaeology of the Old World
ANTH 250-3 The Ancient Egyptians

Twelve credit hours of the following:

ANTH 301-3 Archaeological Lab Methods
ANTH 325-3 Archaeological Theory
ANTH 335-3 Archaeological Heritage Management
ANTH 409-3 British Columbia Archaeology
ANTH 416-6 Archaeological Survey and Mapping
ANTH 417-(3-6) Excavation and Field Interpretation in Archaeology
ANTH 418-3 Archaeology and First Nations
ANTH 430-3 Stone Tools in Archaeology
ANTH 460-3 Anthropology Capstone
ANTH 499-(3-6) Independent Study

Minor in Anthropology: Biological Anthropology

The minor in Biological Anthropology requires completion of a minimum of seven courses (21 credit hours), consisting of three lower-division courses (9 credit hours) and four upper-division courses (12 credit hours). A minor in Anthropology cannot be taken in addition to a major in Anthropology.

Requirements

ANTH 102-3
Anthropology: A World of Discovery
Two of the following:
ANTH 200-3 Biological Anthropology
ANTH 201-3 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 312-3 Human Adaptability?and Environmental Stress

Twelve credit hours of the following:

ANTH 311-3 Anthropology of Food, Drink & Health
ANTH 313-3 Plagues and Peoples
ANTH 320-3 Biology of Circumpolar Peoples
ANTH 411-(3-6) 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 in General Anthropology requires completion of a minimum of seven courses (21 credit hours), consisting of three lower-division courses (9 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 (Anthropological Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, General Anthropology, Sociocultural Anthropology). A minor in Anthropology cannot be taken in addition to a major in Anthropology.

Requirements

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery

Two of the following:

ANTH 200-3 Biological Anthropology
ANTH 205-3 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 213-3 Peoples and Cultures
ANTH 217-3 Language and Culture

Four additional upper-division courses.

Minor in Anthropology: Sociocultural Anthropology

The minor in Sociocultural Anthropology requires completion of a minimum of seven courses (21 credit hours), consisting of three lower-division courses (9 credit hours) and four upper-division courses (12 credit hours). A minor in Anthropology cannot be taken in addition to a major in Anthropology.

Requirements

ANTH 102-3 Anthropology: A World of Discovery

Two of the following:

ANTH 207-3 Popular Culture
ANTH 211-3 Anthropology through Film
ANTH 213-3 Peoples and Cultures
ANTH 214-3 Anthropology of Europe
ANTH 215-3 Anthropology of Canada
ANTH 217-3 Language and Culture

Twelve credit hours of the following:

ANTH 300-3 Qualitative Methods
ANTH 303-3 Museums, Galleries, Archives
ANTH 305-3 Circumpolar Ethnography
ANTH 310-3 Practicing Anthropology
ANTH 315-3 Anthropological Theory
ANTH 400-3 Thinking Through Anthropology: Ideas for a Better World
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 410-3 Theory of Nation and State
ANTH 413-(3-6) Environmental Anthropology
ANTH 414-3 Religion, Ideology, and Belief Systems
ANTH 421-(3-6) Ethnographic Field Methods
ANTH 422-(3-6) Ethnographic Research Project
ANTH 423-3 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 460-3 Anthropology Capstone

Updated: June 30, 2020