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Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of human life. In this program you’ll study:

  • anthropological archaeology 
  • cultural anthropology
  • biological anthropology
  • social anthropology
  • visual anthropology

Potential careers

What can you do with an anthropology degree? Here are a few jobs that relate the program:

  • Indigenous relations advisor

  • corporate ethnographer
  • community engagement coordinator

  • cultural program coordinator

  • recruiter

  • social media specialist

  • communications coordinator

  • human resources advisor

  • media planner

  • policy analyst

  • research associate

  • foreign services officer

  • diversity officer

  • fundraiser

  • university admissions officer

  • English as a second language (ESL) instructor

  • secondary school teacher

  • multicultural education specialist
  • curatorial assistant

  • heritage planner

  • archaeologist

  • advertising specialist
  • marketing assistant
  • market research analyst
  • journalist
  • design specialist
  • survey researcher
  • qualitative researcher
  • epidemiologist
  • immigration officer
  • rural development officer
  • research consultant
  • public health educator
  • land claims researcher
  • legal counsel
  • heritage site manager
  • project manager
  • police service member
  • museum collections manager
  • coroner

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities within the anthropology program

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks can you connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to anthropology:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the anthropology program offer extensive hands-on learning.

Course-based experiences

ANTH 315 - Living Technologies
Interact with expert craftspeople while studying material culture

ANTH 483 - Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
Work with archival materials in the anthropology of money and alternative currencies

Creative performance or exhibit

ANTH 303 - Anthropology of Sound
Experiment with soundscape production and perform for an audience

Creative or design project

ANTH 397 - The Archaeology of Death
Present research on mortuary practices with a website, magazine, etc.

ANTH 398 - Life and Death in the Viking World
Create experimental archaeology projects, beads, stained glass, etc.

ANTH 409 - Applied Ethnographic Film
Produce original ethnographic videos in teams

Field experience

ANTH 397 - The Archaeology of Death
Conduct fieldwork in a cemetery to record monuments and map them digitally

ANTH 449 - Archaeology of the Northwest Coast
Take part in field trips to study Northwest Coast archaeology

Field placement

ANTH 380 - Directed Experiential Learning in Anthropology
Gain experience working with an organization (150 hours)

Field school

ANTH 343 - Archaeological Field Techniques
ANTH 344 - Regional Topics in Archaeology
(Potential international experience)
Take part in an archaeological field project

ANTH 393 - Selected Problems in Anthropology: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 395 - Selected Problems in Anthropology: Method and Theory
(Involves interaction with Indigenous communities and has potential international opportunities)
Gain practical field experience

ANTH 381 - Cultural Anthropology Field School Methods
ANTH 382 - Cultural Anthropology Field School Regional Topics
Learn the methods of fieldwork in cultural anthropology

Lab experience

ANTH 360 - Zooarchaeology
Research photographs in the BC Archive; projects may address community needs

ANTH 499 - Honours Seminar
Research, write and orally defend a graduating honours essay

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the anthropology program.

Knowledge

  • understand and appreciate the present and past diversity of human life
  •  recognize multiple ways of knowing and
  • gain in-depth understanding of particular peoples, places and histories
  • understand select content areas of anthropology
  • use the concepts, language and theories of anthropology

Methods and theory

  • understand the history and development of major trends in anthropological theory
  • apply ethnographic methods in the field
  • apply archaeological methods in the field 
  • apply biological anthropological  in the field 
  • draft researchable propositions, research design and data analysis

Biological anthropology

  • understand primate behaviour ecology
  • apply theory and methodology to the study of human skeletal remains
  • reconstruct human lineage through the examination and interpretation of fossil evidence
  • identify examples of human adaptiveness through modern evolutionary theory
  • analyze the biological and social issues arising from pandemics

Cultural & social anthropology

  • analyze and create tools to better understand how the contemporary world is changing
  • understand the relationship between global processes, social inequality, the environment, health and technology
  • conduct research through film, photography and new media
  • understand how religion and religious ideas affect social life in ways that are unseen

Archaeological anthropology

  • review archaeological evidence and records to understand the development of cultures and societies
  • explore the role of cave art, personal adornment and symbol use in the evolution of human cognition
  • understand the methodology and study of animal bones
  • use the methods and techniques of archaeology with a field project

What's next?

To explore more visit the anthropology site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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