Anthropology invites you to learn more about other ways of life, and its study gives you a framework for looking critically at your own. A look at life in a hunting band or a Himalayan village helps bring life in our cities into focus. Looking in depth at the challenges facing indigenous and Third World peoples can help you become a better world citizen. Cultural anthropology investigates the lore and logic of other cultures.‌‌

Anthropology means not only looking out at other cultures, but looking back at our origins and what it means to be human. What needs, urges and patterns have been built into us? How and why did we change from being scavengers to hunter-gatherers to farmers to “city-zens”? Can we create a global village or are we driving to a world-long strip mall interrupted by occasional theme parks and game reserves? Physical anthropologists and archaeologists join cultural anthropologists in answering these questions.

Interested in Anthropology? 

Special Topics Courses in Anthropology

‌Trash Talk: The Anthropology of 'Dirt' and Disposal

Topics of ANTH 403E, will include areas such as: waste management, urban slums,cultures of disposability, 'diseased' and migrant populations, modern ruination, post-apocalyptic imagery, and witchcraft.

Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, to include ANTH 102 and at least 6 additional credits of sociology and/or anthropology

Jason Ramsey

CRN 10060

Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:40 p.m. in room D139

Upcoming Courses


Winter 2015
ANTH 101 AB1 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 102 AB1 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  AB2 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  AB3 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  AB4 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 111 AB1 First Nations in British Columbia -- Traditional Cultures
ANTH 130 AB1 Anthropology of World Religions
  AB2 Anthropology of World Religions
ANTH 220 AB1 Culture Change: Accommodation, Resistance, and Transformation
ANTH 225 AB1 Urban Life
ANTH 255 AB1 Introduction to Social Research
ANTH 355 AB1 Quantitative Research Methods
ANTH 403 AB1 Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology II
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