Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Study humankind, including our similarities and differences, through all facets of society and culture.

Anthropology Undergraduate Program
Professor Sandra Peacock leads the Go Global course in Tanzania.

What You Need to Know

Why study anthropology at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. Career options range from archaeological technician and urban planner to heritage interpreter, professional researcher and immigration services consultant.

Research experience
Gain research experience working with community groups affiliated with the Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER), an organization at UBC Okanagan that supports socially engaged research on topics such as cultural conservation and Aboriginal languages.

Supportive community
Achieve success in your endeavours with assistance from the anthropology community on campus. Supportive professors are available to provide guidance. The student-led Anthropology Student Union offers opportunities for students to meet, converse and build understanding of the important issues in the Okanagan and the world.

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in anthropology, the integrated study of what it means to be human in the broadest possible sense. Anthropologists are interested in the findings of all fields pertaining to humans and the processes of social and cultural life in human societies past and present, near and far. It connects the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

Anthropologists tend to specialize in one of four major subfields: anthropological archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Cultural anthropology is a main area of focus at UBC Okanagan, but full undergraduate programs are also available in archaeology and linguistic anthropology. UBC Okanagan also offers courses in applied anthropology, sometimes considered a fifth subfield.

Anthropology undergraduate students at UBC Okanagan can complete a Bachelor of Arts with a major or minor in anthropology.


UBC Okanagan’s anthropology program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover topics such as environmental anthropology, endangered languages, tourism, international development, and forensic anthropology.

Sample courses:

  • Anthropology 260 — Ethnobotany: Plants and People
  • Anthropology 353 — Ethnography of India
  • Anthropology 429 — Medical Anthropology and International Development

Click here to browse anthropology courses and descriptions

Degree Options

The following links take you to anthropology program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Learn about the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have an anthropology department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Visit the community, culture and global studies homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Three other approved grade 12 courses
  • A language 12 other than English 12 is recommended for students applying to the bachelor of arts degree program. If you do not have a grade 12 language course, you must take a language as part of your degree program. 

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Students are encouraged to declare their Major in Anthropology at the end of their first year in order to ensure their eligibility for upper-level courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for admission requirements: BA in anthropology.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.


Your Career Options

Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate Anthropology studies. Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Job opportunities range from archaeological technician and urban planner, to heritage interpreter, research consultant, and immigration services consultant.



  • Advocate
  • Archaeological technician
  • Assistant language instructor
  • Bilingual/bicultural program specialist
  • Collections manager
  • Communications officer
  • Community development officer
  • Community support worker
  • Cultural consultant to police
  • Cultural resource manager
  • Curator
  • Environmental research
  • Ethnographic research assistant
  • Exhibit assistant
  • First Nations land claims advisor
  • Foreign service officer
  • Forensics assistant
  • Fundraising consultant
  • Health researcher
  • Heritage interpreter
  • Immigration services consultant
  • Impact assessor
  • International student advisor
  • Manager, cultural business council
  • Map and aerial photo interpreter
  • Market researcher
  • Media development
  • Multicultural education specialist
  • Museum and gallery assistant
  • Organizational analyst
  • Outreach assistant
  • Park interpreter
  • Policy analyst
  • Policy researcher
  • Project officer, urban Aboriginal strategy
  • Public health educator
  • Research analyst
  • Sales representative
  • Social development advisor
  • Social impact analyst
  • Strategic planning advisor
  • Tourism research
  • Travel agent/guide/consultant
  • Travel or technical writer
  • Urban planner
  • Youth worker

Potential Employers

  • Community education and outreach organizations relating to demographics, multiculturalism and consultation services provided to business, industry and governments.
  • Environmental, exploration and engineering companies.
  • Federal and provincial government departments or agencies with responsibilities in the areas of health, environment, migration, multiculturalism, development, and cultural resources management.
  • Non-profit organizations and social service agencies focusing on community services, First Nations issues and land claim resolutions.

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have an Anthropology Department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé. Available awards include:

Work Opportunities

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Anthropology program:
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Heather McIntyre, UBC Student

“The Anthropology Course Union allowed me to share my love of anthropology with people who value my contributions and ideas.”

Sandra Peacock

Sandra Peacock, UBC Professor

“Working with the Go Global program to move students out of the classroom and into the field is remarkable and rewarding.”

Robyn Giffen

Robyn Giffen, UBC Alumna

“My experience doing research changed the trajectory of my entire life.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Anthropology program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

UBC Okanagan

Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, take part in “Meet the Dean” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support. UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails.

    One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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