Major, Minor & Honours Requirements

 

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A total of 42 credits within Anthropology, at least 30 credits of which must be numbered 300 or higher. All students considering the Major in Anthropology are encouraged to meet with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program and periodically during their third and fourth years.

Three primary areas of concentration are offered within the Anthropology Major: Anthropological Archaeology, Museum and Visual Anthropology, and Socio-Cultural Anthropology.

Lower-level Requirements

ANTH 100 and ARCL 103 or 140; 3 credits chosen from other ANTH or ARCL courses at the 200-level.

Upper-level Requirements

At least 30 credits of upper-level ANTH or ARCL courses, including:

  1. ANTH 300 and 400
  2. 3 credits in research methods and techniques: ANTH 317, 407, 408, 409, 417, 418, 431, 451, 452, 478, 480; ARCL 306, 405, 406, 419, 424, 425, 430.
  3. 3 credits in anthropological archaeology: ARCL 203, 204, 228, 231, 232, 305, 306, 309, 318, 319, 321-326, 405, 406, 410, 411, 419, 420, 424, 425, 430.
  4. 3 credits in museum and visual anthropology: ANTH 221, 241, 331, 341, 378, 431, 432, 478.
  5. 6 credits from the following ethnographic and linguistic area courses: ANTH 215, 217, 220, 301-304, 307, 308, 315, 329, 332, 350, 351, 353, 401-404, 416, 423, 435, 480.

A course in statistics, such as ANTH 418, is also recommended as part of the major and honours programs in anthropology and the Minor in Anthropological Archaeology.

A total of 60 credits in anthropology, at least 48 of which must be numbered 300 or higher. All students considering the Honours program in Anthropology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program and periodically during their third and fourth years.

Admission

Admission to the honours program requires a high B average, credit for ANTH 100 and ARCL 103 or 140, and 3 credits chosen from other ANTH or ARCL courses at the 200-level.

At least 48 credits in anthropology, including:

  • The same upper-level requirements as the Major in Anthropology; and,
  • An undergraduate honours thesis: ANTH 449 (6)

How do I apply for an Honours degree in Anthropology?

  • Students can apply to the Honours Program at the end of their third year, during the summer prior to fourth year, or at the beginning of their fourth year
  • Students must have a departmental average of 78% or higher in order to be considered
  • Students first require a Research Advisor (i.e., A Thesis Supervisor)
  • Students develop a thesis topic and proposal, which must be approved by their Research Advisor. Thesis proposals should be approximately two pages (minimum) in length
  • Students develop an initial bibliography, which will be attached to their application to the program.
  • Students must visit the Anthropology Undergraduate Advising Office to review the application of their credits to an Honours degree, using Degree Navigator, with the Undergraduate Advisor. In the event that they cannot meet with the Undergraduate Advisor, students may request and review a Degree Navigator print-out from the Undergraduate Advising Office (in ANSO 2104; ugrad@ubc.ca)
  • An application form must be completed by the student and approved by their Research Advisor and Honours Advisor
  • Students must drop off their completed application at the Anthropology Undergraduate Advising Office in ANSO 2140. The application should include:
  1. A completed Anthropology Honours Application Form
  2. Unofficial transcripts (request from Undergraduate Secretary)
  3. Degree Navigator print-out (request from Undergraduate Secretary)
  4. Thesis Proposal
  5. Proposed Bibliography
  6. Include the Honours Application Form
  7. Include the Honours Advisors Contact Information.

All students considering the Minor in Anthropology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program.

At least 30 credits in ANTH, including ANTH 100. At least 18 of these credits must be upper-level course credits.

Students with a third-year standing can add a minor themselves through the SSC by going to Browse -> Specializations.

All students considering the Minor in Anthropological Archaeology are encouraged to seek advising with the Anthropology undergraduate advisor prior to enrolling in the program. Students combining the Minor with a Major or Honours program in Anthropology should be aware of double-counting. ANTH 418 can be counted toward either program.

At least 30 credits in anthropological archaeology, including ARCL 103 or 140, 203 or 204, and 305, plus 3 credits in applied research methods (ARCL 306, 405, 406, 419, 424, 425, 430, ANTH 418, 433, 495). At least 18 credits must be at the 300-level or above.

There are three recommended pathways through the minor, although course choice is unrestricted beyond the above requirements:

Anthropological Archaeology Variant
Required courses plus 21 credits from. ARCL 103, 204, 231, 232, 306, 309, 318, 319, 321,-324, 405, 406, 419, 420, 430, ANTH 418.

Bioarchaeology Variant
Required courses plus 21 credits from. ARCL 140, 204, 228, 309, 325, 326, 406, 419, 425, 430, ANTH 418.

First Nations Heritage Management/Cultural Resource Management Variant
Required courses plus 21 credits from. ARCL 140, 204, 231, 306, 309, 318, 405, 406, 419, 420, 424, 425, 430, ANTH 418.


Undergraduate Courses

The majority of lower-level ANTH and ARCL are general courses open to all students.

Upper-level ANTH and ARCL Courses are intended primarily for students in the minors, major and honours programs. Except for ANTH 449, these are open to non-majors and students in the General B.A. Program with appropriate prerequisites or permission of the instructor.

ANTH 100 is a prerequisite to all upper-level ANTH courses and ARCL 103 is a prerequisite to all upper-level ARCL courses in the department except those described above as “general.”

First Nations

Students interested in First Nations and Indigenous Studies or First Nations and Endangered Languages may choose from among the following courses beginning in the second year: ANTH 220, 221, 232, 301, 304, 321, 329, 401, 404, 411, 431; ARCL 231, 420.

The following courses also regularly include material relating to indigenous studies: ANTH 331, 332, 341, 407, 408, 424, 431. First Nations content is also explored in all FNEL and FNIS courses as well as many ARTH and HIST courses.