Why Study Anthropology?

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COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

UBC anthropology students do not just study indigenous communities; they study with them. Our has earned an outstanding reputation for collaborative research, in which community members and anthropologists determine together if an area of research meets the community’s needs. In this way, students are part of the positive changes.


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INSIGHT INTO HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Studying anthropology gives you the framework to better understand our relationships with one another and our communities. It is an engaging field that offers insight into what it means to be human in different cultural and historical contexts. This holistic appreciation of cultures and relationships is a valuable tool, whatever your career path.


FinalSlide3GAIN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

Our faculty and students are currently engaged in ethnographic, archaeological and linguistic research projects across the world, including in Argentina, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Tanzania, and Turkey. Many international partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations are led by UBC Anthropology faculty members, offering unique opportunities for student engagement and participation.


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The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. It is also acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey.


FinalSlide3OUTSTANDING FIELDWORK OPPORTUNITIES

UBC anthropology students are have the opportunity to get their hands dirty in the field. The Vancouver Island Field School and the Immigrant Vancouver Ethnographic Field School encourages field work for undergraduate and graduate students. We house the autonomous research and teaching unit, the Laboratory of Archaeology.


FinalSlide5WORLD-RENOWNED ALUMNI

We can boast some of Canada’s finest faculty and students. UBC faculty and alumni have gone on to win seven Nobel Prizes and 67 Rhodes Scholarships. UBC has also produced two Canadian Prime Ministers, Kim Campbell and John Turner.


FinalSlide4THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT

UBC students, faculty and staff get to call Vancouver their home. This coastal Canadian city played host to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is ranked the world’s third-most livable city for its quality of education, health care, environment, political and social stability, low crime rates and infrastructure.


FinalSlide3TRANSFERABLE CAREER SKILLS

A degree in anthropology develops the critical thinking abilities needed to succeed, whether in academics or in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Anthropology teaches social, analytical, behavioral and biological research methods applicable to a range of professions. These skills, combined with the insight you gain into the workings of complex organizations and communities, will help prepare you for today’s highly competitive job market.