About Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology advances the study and constructive understanding of human diversity and commonality, across the globe and throughout the long span of human existence. We pursue this aim through excellence in research, teaching, and community collaboration, grounded in multiple analytical and interpretive methods that share a commitment to field-based inquiry.

We are the second oldest anthropology program in Canada, with more than six decades of research and teaching to our name. Our students are supported by a dedicated staff and faculty and access to outstanding research resources, such as the Museum of Anthropology and Laboratory of Archaeology. Today, UBC anthropology faculty and students conduct original research throughout BC and around the world.

Our students are well prepared for success in graduate studies or careers in the public and private sectors.

For more information about our history, check out our History of Anthropology page.

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Department of Anthropology

Anthropology & Sociology Building
6303 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1, Canada

Fax (604) 822-6161


Main Office and Undergraduate Office

AnSo 2104
(604) 822-2878
Main Office: anth.dept@ubc.ca
Undergraduate Office: anth.ugrad@ubc.ca

Office Hours – 9:00am-5:00pm


Head’s Office and Graduate Office

AnSo 2113
(604) 822-1617
Head’s Office: anth.head@ubc.ca
Graduate Office: anth.grad@ubc.ca

Office Hours – 8:30am-4:30pm


The Department of Anthropology acknowledges the hospitality of the Musqueam people, on whose ancestral and unceded territory UBC is located.