Find your edge in UVic's Department of Anthropology.

Anthropology at UVic: reaching across boundaries

In anthropology, every student benefits from dynamic learning. From hands-on, relevant experiences like local and international field schools and co-op placements, to participation in vital research exploring issues that matter to people, places and the planet. These opportunities accelerate your personal growth, your learning and your career.

Just a few of the many topics our faculty and students are studying:

  • how inequalities in the past and present shape access to resources like health care and housing today
  • how technology and media shape our experience of the world
  • how street youth's understanding and experience of their bodies impacts risk-taking and risk-avoidance
  • the impact of migration on the family and reproductive lives of skilled migrant women in Southeast Asia
  • the effects of a recently constructed hydroelectric dam on the lives of African villagers

We are leaders in experiential learning. Here, you will engage critically with ideas, make films, learn forensic techniques, replicate ancient technologies to gain insight into the past, participate in local and international field schools and gain on-the-job experience through co-op and volunteer opportunities.

Our department encourages collaboration between students, faculty, communities and partner organizations, bringing together diverse insights and offering many opportunities for discovery and learning.

Whether you are a student looking to diversify your course experience or contemplating a major or minor in Anthropology, our department has much to offer you.

We invite you to explore our courses and curriculum and encourage you to participate in our lively academic world by attending colloquia, social events and taking advantage of opportunities to participate in departmental research.

Find answers to your questions in the Anthropology Undergraduate Handbook 2018-19.

Students often choose anthropology courses because they find the subject matter fascinating, but anthropology courses will also help you to develop a variety of skills and perspectives that are valued across a range of careers.

You'll work in small groups to achieve a solution to a common problem. You'll learn how to identify common assumptions and how they shape what we come to know about the world. You’ll hone your critical thinking abilities and develop a cultural adeptness that comes from being able to recognize the familiar in what might on first impression seem strange, and to notice the unusual in what seems familiar.

The diverse and transferable skill sets you can acquire through your studies in Anthropology might include videography and film editing, techniques to study human and animal bones, archaeological excavation and lab methods, mapping and landscape analysis, data collection methods, interviewing and data base management.

We connect to communities through our research. We are working closely with communities nearby in Victoria, in the surrounding area and across the globe. These are just a few examples of the on-going research happening in Anthropology at UVic.

Local: We are working with communities in Victoria concerned with health and well-being of people affected by HIV/AIDS. We're also working with homeless community members and their advocates to find solutions to problems associated with lack of affordable housing and social services.

Regional: Our faculty and student researchers work with contemporary First Nations communities across the province. On the central coast and in Haida Gwaii, researchers are developing new understanding of the lives of First Nations ancestors 10,000 years ago.

International: We conduct research across the globe, bringing experiences and insights back to the classroom. Some of the projects our faculty and students are working on include:

  • Working with communities in Ghana to document and understand how processes of colonialism and globalization are affecting the lives of people today
  • Exploring the impact of evolving media creation technologies in Cuba
  • Examining the historical ecology of the Galápagos Islands

Read about our ongoing research projects.

Benefiting from a move into new space and newly refurbished facilities, we are well-equipped to meet the instructional and research needs of our students. Learn about our labs: