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					Anthropology – Archaeology

Students may obtain a General B.A. with an Area of Concentration in Anthropology, or a minor in Anthropology
(pending review). We also offer a minor in Geo-Archaeology, and a Certificate in Aboriginal Studies.




Program Overview

Anthropology                                             Advancement of knowledge
                                                         We pursue our interests in social and cultural diversity
Anthropology at TRU addresses the human                  for scholarly rather than profit-motivated reasons. As
condition in all its past and present manifestations.    more and more academic and applied disciplines
Within the sub-fields of cultural and social             profess an interest in societies traditionally studied by
anthropology, we are interested in the diversity of      anthropologists (international business, tourism,
contemporary societies and cultures around the           security studies, etc.), it is important to keep in mind
world.                                                   that these incursions are usually market-driven and,
Archaeology                                              therefore, highly selective.
                                                         Social justice
Within the sub-fields of archaeology and physical
                                                         We try to use our knowledge of diverse societies and
anthropology, we examine the biological and
                                                         cultures in order to help redress the power imbalance
cultural evolution of our species and try to
                                                         that prevails in the modern world. This imbalance is
reconstruct prehistoric societies with the help of
                                                         expressed in a wide range of injustices imposed by
artifacts and other manifestations of human activity.
                                                         the 'developed' world onto politically weak peoples,
Key Themes                                               such as resource exploitation, expulsion from
                                                         ancestral territories, forcible assimilation, and outright
Global perspective                                       genocide. professional organizations. Our research
We emphasize the need to study a range of                focusses on small cities and their environmental
societies in order to minimize the ethnocentric          contexts in Canada, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
assumption that what we see 'here and now' is the
only or the best manifestation of humanity.             Field School in East/Central Europe
Interest in marginal societies                           Offered since 1993, the Field School in East/Central
We recognize that members of communities and             Europe provides an opportunity to engage in
societies found on the margin of powerful nation-        supervised ethnographic fieldwork off the beaten
states can teach us as much about the human              path. Usually, it spans the month of May, and the
condition as the privileged inhabitants of the           itinerary includes urban and rural communities in the
technologically advanced western world.                  Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Bosnia &
                                                         Hercegovina, and Montenegro. Detailed information
Fieldwork
                                                         may be found at www.tru.ca/europe.
Our methodology is based on direct, unmediated,
contact with our subject matter. In archaeology this    TRU Archaeology Field School
means the necessity to conduct 'digs' and confront       The nine credit archaeology field school comprises
directly the material evidence needed for the            two courses, Anth 306-6 "Summer Field Training in
reconstruction of past social and cultural forms. In     Archaeology," and Anth 411-3 "Prehistory of a Special
socio-cultural anthropology it leads to time-            Area in the New World." Students undertake six
consuming investigations by means of 'participant        weeks of fieldwork and laboratory analysis at an
observation'. We emphasize the contribution of           archaeological site, normally in British Columbia. The
these direct confrontations with the raw reality of      course provides students with hand-on training in
cultural diversity at a time when computer-based         archaeological survey, mapping, excavation and
learning and instruction threaten to impose a            recording techniques, as well as lab analysis,
shallow and one-dimensional acquaintance with            interpretation of artifact and faunal remains, and
humanity.                                                reporting.
Admission Information

Academic Requirements                                       Admission to TRU
Minor in Anthropology                                       TRU is a unique, comprehensive university offering
                                                            undergraduate and graduate degrees and two-year
Under review.
                                                            professional diplomas, along with certificates, trade-
Minor in Archaeology and Geology                            entry and apprenticeship training and university
3 credits in 100 or 200 numbered Archaeology courses        preparation courses.
9 credits in 300 or 400 numbered Archaeology courses.       Applications for Admission to most programs are
GEOL 111 or GEOL 112                                        accepted starting Oct. 1 each year for programs that
GEOL 205 or BIOL 121                                        begin in August or September of the following year.
GEOL 229                                                    Check the website for application deadlines,
9 credits in 300 or 400 Geology courses                     program start dates, and detailed admissions
                                                            processes.
Certificate in Aboriginal Studies
                                                            Applications to the TRU Bachelor of Arts
24 credits in courses designated as “aboriginal             program are available from:
content”: ANTH 119, 121, 214, 219, 223, ENGL 241,
                                                            Academic Admissions Office
GEOG 223, HIST 202, POLI 111, SOCI 201, TMGT
                                                            Thompson Rivers University
102
                                                            900 McGill, PO Box 3010
300 and 400 courses with aboriginal content may also        Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 5N3
be counted                                                  Tel: 250.828.5251
                                                            Email: kjago@tru.ca

Careers in Anthropology
Anthropology offers many lucrative applications of
anthropological knowledge in a variety of occupational
settings, in both the public and private sectors. Non-
governmental organizations, such as international
health organizations and development banks employ
                                                           Program Costs
anthropologists to help design and implement a wide          (based on 2009-2010 fees)
variety of programs, worldwide and nationwide. State        Tuition fees:      $115.67 per credit hour
and local governmental organizations use                    Student fees:      $ 19.97 per credit hour
anthropologists in planning, research and managerial        Student union fees:      please see the current
capacities. Many corporations look explicitly for           calendar for details
anthropologists, recognizing the utility of their
perspective on a corporate team. Cultural Resource
Management (CRM) has been a growth occupation
with provincial and federal mandates to assess cultural
resources affected by private development and
                                                           Program Contacts
government funded projects. Forensic anthropologists,        Ron McGivern
in careers glamorized by Hollywood and popular               Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
novels, not only work with police departments to help        P. 250.377.6020 | E. rmcgivern@tru.ca
identify mysterious or unknown remains but work in
university and museum settings. A corporate                  Marliss Bot
anthropologist working in market research might              Secretary – Office of the Dean of Arts
conduct targeted focus groups to examine consumer            A. 250.828-5200 | E. mbot@tru.ca
preference patterns not readily apparent through
statistical or survey methods.                               Barb Pillar
                                                             B.A. Advisor – Faculty of Arts
                                                              T. 250.371.5566 | E. bpillar@tru.ca




Additional Information
 Please visit our web pages for more information: www.tru.ca/arts/socanth