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Anthropology: Bachelor of Arts Major


The goal of the Bachelor of Arts Major in Anthropology Program at KPU is to prepare students for life, work, and research in diverse local and global communities. At KPU we offer two streams of study: Archaeology-Biological and Social-Cultural. The Archaeology-Biological stream has a unique component in that our current anthropology field school involves direct interaction at a high level with First Nations communities and Anthropology professionals, and has been endorsed by the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists, the first such endorsement in Canada. The Social-Cultural stream prepares students for a knowledge- and information-based economy in a world that is increasingly globally interconnected. Learning in this area of our field is conducted through a high degree of community service work involving brokering between divergent stakeholders. The emphasis of Anthropologists at KPU is the applied aspect of our profession. Our teaching is realized through hands-on activities, lab work, and community events whose experience has the ultimate goal of understanding any aspect of humans and their activities.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a major in Anthropology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Curricular Requirements

Students are projected to complete the BA in Anthropology major in four years, with a total of 48 credits in Anthropology. This requirement will include 9 first-year and 9 second-year credits in foundational courses, then 21 third-year and 9 fourth-year credits in advanced methods, theory, ethics, topical, and applied courses. Anthropology students at KPU will be able to focus on one or more streams within the discipline: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Anthropology Major

1000 Level

Students are required to complete the following courses:
  ANTH 1100 Social & Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 1200 Biological Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 1300 Archaeology 3 credits
  ANTH 1217* Forensic Anthropology 3 credits

Notes: * ANTH 1217 is the pre-requisite for ANTH 2217, 3220, and other upper-level courses. Completion of the courses listed above with a minimum grade of 'C' will fulfill prerequisites for 2000-level Anthropology courses.

Methods Courses

Students are required to complete 3 credits of the following methods courses:
  ANTH 2100 Method and Ethics in Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 2217 Forensic Methods & Analysis 3 credits
  ANTH 2300 Archaeological Methods 3 credits
  ANTH 3301 Archaeological Methods for Cultural Resource Management 3 credits

2000 Level

Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 additional credits from ANTH courses at the 2000 level:
  Electives at the 2000 level 6 credits

3000 Level

Students are required to complete 3 credits of the following theory courses:
  ANTH 3100 Anthropological Theory 3 credits
  ANTH 3300 Archaeological Theory 3 credits
Students are required to complete a minimum of 18 additional credits from ANTH courses at the 3000 level:
  Electives at the 3000 level 18 credits

Note: ANTH 3301, 3340, and 3361 are sometimes offered simultaneously in Summer Term as a field school option for upper-level students. Check with the department for dates.

4000 Level

Students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits from ANTH courses at the 4000 level:
  Electives at the 4000 level 9 credits

Anthropology Major with a Cultural Anthropology Focus

For an Anthropology Major with a focus on cultural anthropology, students are advised to choose from the following course offerings: ANTH 2100, 2120, 2133, 2140, 2142, 2160, 2163, 2190, 2310, 3100, 3130, 3150, 3160, 3168, 3188, 3190, 3500, 3501, 3510, 4101, 4500, 4501, and 4502.

Anthropology Major with an Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Focus

For an Anthropology Major with a focus on archaeology and biological anthropology, students are advised to choose from the following course offerings: ANTH 2217, 2300, 2310, 2320, 2340, 3211, 3220, 3242, 3300, 3301, 3330, 3340, 3361, 3500, 3502, 3503, 3510, 4500, 4501, 4502, and 4510.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Anthropology.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2016

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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