Anthropology

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.

Overview

The Anthropology program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers courses that investigate such human issues as global development, the arts, health and medicine, politics, sport, and language.

Anthropology is also available as a minor. You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Detailed admission requirements

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

Anthropology

General requirements

  • English language requirements - click for details.
  • English 11
       (or Français langue première 11)
  • Language 11
       (includes beginner's language 11, American sign language 11 or 12, and language 12 courses)
  • Science 11
       (includes Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11 or a Science course at the Grade 12 level)
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a minimum grade of 60%
       (or Pre-Calculus 11/Foundations of Math 12/Pre-Calculus 12/Calculus 12 with a minimum grade of 60%)
  • English 12 with a minimum final blended grade of 60%
       (or First Peoples 12, or Français langue première 12 with a minimum final grade of 60%)
  • Graduate from high school

Program-specific requirements

English 12 and three additional approved Grade 12 courses

Approved grade 12 courses

BC First Nations Studies 12, Calculus 12, Comparative Civilization 12, Economics 12, English Literature 12, Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, French 12 or français langue seconde 12, German 12, History 12, Japanese 12, Law 12, Mandarin 12, Philosophy 12 (4 cr), Punjabi 12, Social Justice 12, Spanish 12, Sustainable Resources 12.

Sciences: Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, Physics 12.

IB/AP: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of grade 12 courses.

How to apply

Applying to the major

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/sfu.jsp
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Anthropology or (for Fall term only) Anthropology - 1st yr Surrey

Applying to THE MINOR

Contact your faculty advisor after being admitted to your major program.

Are you curious?

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. These occupations are traditionally associated with this program. Just don't be surprised if they look a little different by the time you graduate!

  • Aboriginal Relations Officer
  • Archive Assistant
  • Community Development Officer
  • Cultural Analyst
  • Ethnographer Assistant
  • Exhibit Assistant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Labour Relations Researcher
  • Multiculturalism Educator
  • Museum Technician
  • Program Coordinator
  • Project Officer
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Social Survey Researcher
  • Travel Writer
  • Web Market Researcher

Not sure where to start? Career Services can help you explore your options and create possibilities.