Is Anthropology for you?

If you are interested in people – their lives, communities, values, realities, conflicts and aspirations – then Anthropology offers ways of making sense of social life in all its complexity. When you study Anthropology, you develop a flexibility of mind that allows you to think about people’s interactions in new ways and imagine alternate social possibilities.

Anthropology helps you ask questions about people and societies, challenge what is often thought of as common sense, and discuss what usually goes without saying.

Anthropology is an effort to communicate across boundaries – boundaries of countries, histories, languages, cultures, social inequalities, and power differences. In an Anthropology course you might be asked to think about genetic counsellors in the US, dockworkers in Canada, environmentalists in China, religious activists in Russia, garbage dump pickers in Brazil, extended families living across many continents, or how you understand the meaning of “home.”

Anthropology provides you with tools to think critically and creatively about how history, individual lives, and the social world interact.

Where to go from here?

Intrigued? Take “Introduction to Anthropology” (SA 101) – this course gives you a B-Soc unit toward your final degree, no matter what path you pursue. It also enables you to take most elective courses in both Anthropology and Sociology. From there, you can decide if a few more courses, a minor, or a major is right for you.

Anthropology combines well with many other interests. It can be a foundation for post-graduate work in medical professions, social work, law school, the arts, or business.

Anthropology majors and minors excel when they combine their broad-thinking anthropology training with other interests, such as policy analysis, communications, social activism, organizational management, research design, or communications/media/arts.

Want to know more?

You can major or minor in Anthropology. We also offer an Honours program.

You can pursue a joint major in Sociology-Anthropology, Anthropology-Communications, Anthropology-Criminology, Anthropology-GSWS, or Anthropology-Linguistics. 

We also offer a Social Justice Certificate.

Archaeology is a separate Department at SFU. If you are interested in both, you can pursue a joint Anthropology-Archaeology major, or major in one and get a minor in the other.

Sociology and Anthropology are combined in a single Department at SFU. That means you can shape your studies by pursuing a broad range of interests and issues. The Sociology and Anthropology Department excels at interdisciplinary research methods training – a skill set valuable in many professions.

Get in Touch

ContactTerence Yang, Undergraduate Advisor and visit the department's website.

Professor Dara Culhane describes SA 402: The Practice of Anthropology. Dr. Culhane's latest award is the prestigious 2018 Weaver-Tremblay Award in Canadian Applied Anthropology from the Canadian Anthropology Society/Société canadienne d'anthropologie (CASCA).