School of Culture, Media, and Society

Turn your love of people and cultures into a career

Turn your love of people and cultures into a career

If you are intrigued by the varied ways that people live, think, and relate to each other, anthropology may help satisfy your curiosity while also broadening your thinking and expanding your worldview.

As part of a UFV Bachelor of Arts degree, you can earn a minor or extended minor in Anthropology, or a combined major in Sociology/Anthropology.

Anthropology approaches human questions from a holistic perspective to help you understand the intricate connection between people and their cultures. Studying anthropology gives you the opportunity to consider fascinating questions in human behaviour, discuss contemporary issues such as globalization and social change, and learn the skills to conduct quantitative and qualitative research and analysis.

If you enjoy active learning, you can opt to participate in a local or international internship, applying what you learn in a business, government agency, or non-governmental organization (NGO). Or you may choose to experience a new culture first hand through the UFV Study Abroad program.

Studying anthropology provides you with useful skills in analytical reading, observation, record-keeping, writing, and scientific inquiry. These are foundational for success in a wide range of career paths. 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.

Career outlook for anthropology

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.