Anthropology is the comparative study of the cultural and social life of humans all over the world, from First Nations in Canada to the indigenous and non-indigenous peoples of Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America.

The Department of Anthropology supports the study of Anthropology with courses in Archeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural/Social Anthropology, and Anthropological Linguistics, as well as Museum Studies. Classes offer a wide variety of topics covering major developments in human societies, from those of our earlier ancestors to contemporary cultures.

Programs available include Major, Minor, and Honours in Anthropology, with options to include an emphasis in Archaeology or First Nations and Culture.

Click here for program requirements (UBC Calendar)


The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing. Admission to the Honours requires an application. If you have any questions, please contact the department.


Department of Anthropology
Anthropology and Sociology Building
Room 2111
6303 NW Marine Drive
Tel: 604 822 2878

Anthropology Student Association


Nicole Aleong: Building the Undergraduate Community

Nicole Aleong is a fifth-year Anthropology major and Biology minor, and the 2015 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Faculty of Arts. Having also served as the President of the Anthropology Students’ Association, Nicole discusses how her experiences in building the undergraduate community helped her confirm her passions. Why did you […]

Stewart Dickson: Making Global Connections

Currently a Litigation Information Analyst with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Stewart continues to draw from his studies in Anthropology and African Studies in his work.

Undergrad curators showcase Inuit art market at MOA

An exhibit on the Inuit art market at the Museum of Anthropology was curated by 17 undergraduate students. The exhibit "Faces and Voices of the Inuit Art Market" examines how the authenticity and value of Inuit art is determined as it moves through Canadian and International markets.

Lara Rosenoff: Trudeau Scholarship recipient

UBC Anthropology PhD student Lara Rosenoff is one of this year’s winners of the Trudeau Scholarship, one of Canada’s most prestigious scholarships for social sciences and humanities graduate students. Rosenoff’s current project, “Do Not Uproot the Pumpkin Fruit”, examines the process of post-conflict reconstruction in Northern Uganda.

Kim Peterson: Outreach with the David Suzuki Foundation

As part of the Arts Internship Program, Kim Peterson has discovered a passion for community engagement and event planning. "The experiences I continue to accumulate at the David Suzuki Foundation have reinforced my desire to work with communities, volunteers and dedicated members of the public toward a better quality of life for all Canadians."