Undergraduate studies

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Anthropology.

Reaching across boundaries

At UVic, we know learning extends beyond the classroom.

Whether you're participating in an archaeological or doing research that explores vital issues, you'll apply the theory you learn in class to the world around you. You can take part in field schools and gain on-the-job experience through co-op placements.

Find answers to your questions in the Anthropology Undergraduate Handbook 2023-24.

Skills-based learning

Our courses will take you out in the field and into the real world. Our hands-on learning approach lets you develop skills and perspectives you can apply to many careers.

Working in small groups, you'll gain transferable skill sets like:

  • videography and film editing
  • techniques to study human and animal bones
  • archaeological excavation and lab methods
  • mapping and landscape analysis
  • data collection methods
  • interviewing
  • database management

Community research

We connect with communities through our research, whether nearby on Vancouver Island or across the globe.

For example:

  • Working with homeless community members to address the lack of affordable housing and social services
  • Partnering with contemporary First Nations communities across the province
  • Conducting research in Ghana to document and understand the effects of globalization
  • Exploring the impact of evolving media creation technologies in Cuba
  • Documenting ancient rock art in
Read about our ongoing research projects.