Research Opportunities

Students in anthropology courses have numerous opportunities to participate in and advance their own research with facilities, classroom-based courses, field courses, and the Honours program. For opportunities held outside the department, please refer to the “Resources” tab to the left.

Classroom-based Courses

Several upper year Anthropology (ANTH and ARCL) courses include a research project as part of the course work including: ANTH 418, 431, 451, 452, 478; ARCL 405, 406, 425, 430.


Anthropology is associated with the Museum of Anthropology, one of the world’s premier teaching and research museums.

The Laboratory of Archaeology houses labs, equipment and collections that can be accessed for research. Undergraduates are also invited to the Department’s regular Archaeology Lab Nights to assist archaeological research projects. Contact Andrew Martindale for more details.

The Department has an undergraduate computing lab and UBC has extensive library materials relating to anthropology.

Field Courses

Archaeological field schools are a great way to get essential archaeological experience. The field schools are open to all students. These courses usually transfer in as ARCL 306 and can be counted as the archaeology and research methods requirements for the major.

Anthropology students can get hands-on research experience in ethnography with the undergraduate Ethnographic Field School (ANTH 480) or in archaeology with the Archaeological Field Schools (ARCL 306).

For both field schools, undergraduates should contact the Department in February for the current year’s offerings or check current calendar listings for field school information.

More information on the field schools can be found under the “Research & Resources” tab at the top of the page.

Honours Program

Approved students can take 6 credits of ANTH 449 as a directed research honours project.