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Anthropology: Bachelor of Arts Minor


The goal of the Bachelor of Arts Minor in Anthropology is to broaden and support a student's major area of study. The Anthropology Minor develops cross-cultural sensitivity and an awareness of broader social structures that impact individuals and communities. During this education process students learn to broker between different peoples, which is essential to all job skills. The program at KPU provides background enrichment in very diverse fields to allow students to thrive in the work and research environment.

Admission Requirements

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

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation.

Curricular Requirements

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 Minor

The Minor in Anthropology enables students to acquire skills and a well-rounded knowledge base in both the general discipline of anthropology and a specific sub-field of study (i.e., archaeology and biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology) that suits their individual interests.

It is our intention that these requirements provide students with employability skills that include:

  1. critical thinking skills;
  2. cross-cultural and historical awareness in a multicultural society affected by globalization;
  3. the ability to apply abstract ideas to deal with specific issues or problems;
  4. practical and cross-cultural experience in the areas of archaeological, forensic, and ethnographic research

1000 Level

Students are required to complete all of 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

ANTH 1217 is the prerequisite for ANTH 2217 and 3220.

Completion of the courses listed above with a minimum GPA of 2.0 will fulfill prerequisites to all 2000-level Anthropology courses.

2000 Level

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
Students are required to complete a minimum of 6 additional ANTH credits at the 2000 level.
  ANTH 2120 Cross-Cultural Women's and Gender Studies 3 credits
  ANTH 2133 Religion, Magic and Witchcraft 3 credits
  ANTH 2140 First Nations Cultures of B.C. 3 credits
  ANTH 2142 First Nations Cultures of Canada 3 credits
  ANTH 2160 Culture and the Environment 3 credits
  ANTH 2163 Culture, Health and Well-Being 3 credits
  ANTH 2310 Archaeology of Death 3 credits
  ANTH 2320 Archaeology of the Old World 3 credits
  ANTH 2340 Archaeology of the Americas 3 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 9 additional ANTH credits at the 3000 level:
  ANTH 3130 Sikh Culture, Religion and Society 3 credits
  ANTH 3168 Deviance Across Cultures 3 credits
  ANTH 3188 Visual Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 3220 Human Osteology 3 credits
  ANTH 3242 A Survey of the Primates 3 credits
  ANTH 3301 Archaeological Methods for Cultural Resource Management 3 credits
  ANTH 3330 East Asian Archaeology 3 credits
  ANTH 3340 British Columbia Archaeology 3 credits
  ANTH 3361 Archaeology Field Studies 6 credits
  ANTH 3500 Directed Studies in Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 3501 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 3502 Special Topics in Biological Anthropology 3 credits
  ANTH 3503 Special Topics in Archaeology 3 credits
  ANTH 3510 Anthropology of Genocide 3 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

Required Course:
  ANTH 4500 Culture, Community, and Well-Being 3 credits
Anthropology Minor with a Cultural Anthropology Focus

For an Anthropology Minor 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, 4500.

Anthropology Minor with an Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Focus

For an Anthropology Minor 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.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts program, transcripts will indicate a Minor 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-2011

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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