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What will I learn?

Anthropologists are concerned with understanding the structure and functioning of social groups through minimally invasive participant observation and other “qualitative” techniques in their own communities, as well as in other countries. They follow a holistic approach that offers a humanistic understanding of society, and the way people solve their own problems. VIU’s program encourages the application of anthropological theory, knowledge and methods in areas such as “race” relations, cultural sensitivity training, archaeology, resource management, human rights facilitation, as well as the interaction of culture and the environment. Anthropologists are also concerned with the evolutionary biology of our species and the history of cultures around the world. Linguistic anthropologists study language and its role in cultural transmission.

The department of Anthropology offers undergraduate course work at three levels: 100 (introductory); 200 (second year); and 300-400 (advanced). The 300-400 level courses may be taken by either third or fourth year students. Students may take an upper-level course before completing all of their lower-level courses, however, no upper-level courses may be taken within a subfield (i.e., Social Anthropology, Archaeology, or Biological Anthropology) unless the 200-level course in the same subfield has been completed.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Art, Design and Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,680.00 (US$ 13,482) per year
CAN $8,340 per semester
Start date

6 September 2022


Faculty of Art, Design and Performing Arts

900 Fifth Street,


British Columbia (BC),

V9R 5S5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have graduation from high school or equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 (no band below 6.0); TOEFL paper based test score of 550 (no section below 56); TOEFL iBT score of 88 (no section below 20); CAEL score 60; Pearson (PTE) score of 60 (no section below 60); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with 176 overall; Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with 176 overall; English 12 (BC) with minimum "C"; International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 with Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) grade 3 or higher; Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition with Grade 2 or higher.

For international students

Graduation from high school or equivalent.

Proof of English Language proficiency is required from any country or citizen where English is not the official or first language.

For students who meet the academic requirements but not the English language requirement, conditional acceptance to VIU may be granted. In this case, admission is granted pending completion of VIU’s English Language Centre program (level AP5 for undergrad and Grad Prep for Graduate programs). Exceptions may apply.

International students who are BC high school graduates must have a minimum grade of “C” in English 12 for direct entry into an academic program.

To meet the English language requirements for academic program, students must have completed:

VIU English Language Centre's - Successful completion of University Preparation Level 5
International Baccalaureate English A1/A2 - Higher Level (HL)/ Standard Level (SL) grade 3 or higher
IELTS 6.5 (with no band under 6.0)
TOEFL 550 (with no section under 56)
TOEFL iBT 88 (with no section under 20)
Pearson (PTE) 60 no section below 60
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum Cambridge English Score of 176.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a minimum Cambridge English Score of 176.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.