at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Study what it means to be human in the broadest possible sense. Anthropologists are interested in the findings of all fields pertaining to humans and the processes of social and cultural life in human societies past and present, near and far. It connects the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Cultural Anthropology is a main area of focus at UBC's Okanagan campus.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human and how cultural and biological issues affect humanity. This program connects the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities in an integrated approach to studying past and present human societies. You can select a Major in Anthropological Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, or Linguistic Anthropology.

Experiential learning and research

You’ll have ample opportunities to get your hands dirty in Archaeology Field School, which includes reconnaissance survey, photography, mapping, excavation, and artifact analysis. Additional courses in archaeology offer local field trips, plus hands-on training in excavation techniques and interpretation.

The Anthropology department at UBC’s Okanagan campus is a world-leader in anthropological research of the South Pacific. In third year you’ll have the option of a directed-studies course, where you can conduct directed readings or a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase these student projects.

Join the Anthropology Student Union to connect with like-minded peers and receive help with your anthropological endeavours.

What you need to know

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined.

You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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