School of Culture, Media, and Society
major, minor, extended minor
Develop an appreciation for other ways of life and examine your own with a UFV Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology. Pairing these two disciplines provides an ideal framework to explore how society and culture influence your perspective, biases, and worldview.
In your first and second year, you explore foundational sociology and anthropology concepts. You reflect on what it means to be human: A look at life in a hunting band or a Himalayan village brings life in your city into new focus. Investigating the challenges facing indigenous and Third World peoples helps you become a better world citizen.
In your third and fourth year, you tackle in-depth courses. You examine the ideas of famous theorists, discuss contemporary issues such as globalization and social change, and learn the skills to conduct quantitative and qualitative research and analysis. Throughout your degree, you build an appreciation for Canadian diversity and First Nations cultures.
By the end of your degree, you have gained a broad understanding of your society, sharpened your cross-cultural skills, and developed sought-after research, analysis, and writing skills.
View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.
Your degree offers a 6-credit course to gain relevant workplace experience in both Sociology and Anthropology. Work with the Canadian government, a non-governmental organization, or other related business, apply what you learned in the classroom, and gain valuable work experience.
Get involved in the Sociology Anthropology Undergraduate Society. SAUS is a student run organization which works to promote the professional and educational pursuits of its members through informational seminars, public discussion panels, weekly gathering and ongoing student events.
Investigate the lore and logic of other cultures and gain a framework for looking critically at your own through an Anthropology minor or extended minor.
In your first and second year, you build your knowledge of social research, the anthropology of world religions, and the traditional culture of the First Nations people of British Columbia. You investigate the challenges facing indigenous and third world populations and become an informed global citizen. In your third and fourth year, you focus on your interests by choosing 16 credits from a selection of upper-level courses. Take your pick from courses that explore identity, power in global societies, culture and more.
Combine your Anthropology minor or extended minor with a complementary discipline such as sociology, political science, or history to complete your degree. By the end of your studies, you are enabled with a toolkit of skills to think critically regarding topics of culture and society, both locally and globally.
Build your professional network, attend student events, and be a student leader by joining the Sociology Anthropology Undergraduate Society.
Traditionally, positions for anthropologists have existed mostly in academia — in teaching and research.
However, WorkBC forecasts an increase in openings for professional social scientists in a new setting: large organizations, such as research institutes, global marketing and analytics companies, non-profit associations, government agencies, and private corporations. These large entities are calling for employees skilled in analysis and research to manage and interpret large quantities of human behaviour data. Work may involve providing expertise on different cultures, conducting market research, evaluating social policies, or developing educational or research programs.
Anthropology grads have also used their communication, critical thinking, and cross-cultural skills to become researchers, teachers, evaluators, or project managers in other fields such as international aid, education, marketing, public relations, conservation, human resources, and business.
Anthropology also gives you a strong foundation to pursue graduate studies in international law, public administration, public health, international relations, global development, or other social sciences and humanities disciplines.
View Anthropology entrance requirements on the UFV Academic Calendar.
This program is open to international students
Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.
Make an appointment with a Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.
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