Learning Methods
In addition to traditional lectures and class readings, students will engage in hands-on individual and group activities in which they can explore the concepts they have learned. Library research, essay-writing, presentations, field trips and guest speakers are complemented by classroom technology and online learning.

Major Focus
Anthropology is the comparative study of human beings and cultures. Anthropologists explore differences in food systems, lifeways, spirituality, family structure, economies and other areas of industrial and non-industrial societies around the world, as well as human physical adaptations to the environment. If you are curious about the diversity of human cultural experience, then anthropology is for you.

The AC Difference
AC students gain from small class sizes and access to instructors with varied expertise and research interests. AC is working towards expanding the number of transferable anthropology courses. All students have free access to private tutoring for assignments and readings through our Writing and Learning Centre.

Career Outlook
Anthropology students gain communication and research skills, critical thinking abilities and an appreciation of human cultural diversity. This prepares them for careers in such diverse areas as tourism, teaching, cultural planning, government, international aid, and foreign services.

Course Descriptions

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ANTH 101 – Introduction to Anthropology (3)

What differentiates humans from other animals and from each other? Anthropology attempts to answer this question by exploring the diversity of human culture, including the social, economic, political, linguistic, and belief systems of industrial and non-industrial societies from around the world. Types of anthropology and its historical development, fieldwork practices, and problems in anthropology will also be discussed. Special attention will be paid to indigenous and postcolonial perspectives, as well as ethical fieldwork practices and the maintenance of human rights in a global framework.

ENGL 099

Transfers to:
SFU SA 1XX (0), SA 101 (3)
UVIC ANTH 200 (1.5)
UNBC ANTH 213 (3)

Hugh Johnston

History Department Founder

Hugh Johnston

History Department Founder

The History Department at Alexander College was founded by Hugh Johnston, PhD. Dr. Johnston currently serves on the Board of Directors and advises to the History Department.

Prior to his retirement, Hugh taught history at SFU for 36 years. For 11 of those years, he was the department chair and he continues to enjoy teaching in the Adults 55+ Program at SFU.

He is a well-known authority on Sikhs in Canada and has written about South Asian migration and settlement.

Other writings include: British immigration, 18th-century exploration of the Pacific Northwest, the history of British Columbia, and higher education in Canada.

Sebastian Huebel

Department Head, Humanities

Sebastian Huebel

Department Head, Humanities

Dr. Sebastian Huebel completed his PhD at UBC in the fall of 2017, specializing in modern European history. His dissertation examines German-Jewish men in Nazi Germany.

Sebastian has taught at TRU in Kamloops for several years and has been an instructor at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies since 2014.

At Alexander College, Sebastian teaches European and Canadian history.

Anjali Malhotra


Anjali Malhotra


Anjali Malhotra has received her BA/B.Ed. and her teaching certification (PDP) from Simon Fraser University and then went on further to pursue her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from New York University.

Anjali’s research specializes on the histories of modern South Asia. Currently, she is teaching in the History department at Alexander College.

She has extensively worked, taught, and travelled internationally, gaining a diversified exposure to various teaching and learning practices from around the world.

She was invited to speak on her thesis research in Delhi and Hyderabad in India and at U-Mass, Amherst and University of Florida in the USA.

Lindsay Spielman


Lindsay Spielman


Dr. Spielman obtained a Bachelor of Science with distinction in Biochemistry from Vancouver Island University in 2010, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2017.

Dr. Spielman’s PhD thesis focused on the role of metabolic hormones and physical activity in regulating the functions of the immune cells in the brain, in aims of better understanding the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Spielman has also conducted research on genomic evolution of plants, and has worked in the field of analytical chemistry for the oil and gas industry in northern British Columbia.

During her PhD, Dr. Spielman also conducted research focused on understanding the development of undergraduate student problem-solving skills, in order to improve teaching practices and to better prepare students for the post-university work force.

Dr. Spielman began instructing lectures and laboratory classes in 2013, and has gained extensive experience teaching various biology courses including Introductory Biology, Biology for Science Majors, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Physiology, and Pharmacology.


Canadian Anthropology Society

Dedicated to the promotion of anthropological research, ensuring a high-quality anthropological education for Canadian graduates and undergraduates, and supporting those doing anthropological work outside of academia, the Canadian Anthropology Society now has over 500 members from around the world.


American Anthropological Association

The American Anthropological Association was founded in 1902 by famous anthropologist Franz Boas. It is now the largest organization of anthropologists in the world, including membership in both higher education and the private sector, as well as 40 specialized sub-sections within the organization, 22 journals and career services.


World Council of Anthropological Associations

The World Council of Anthropological Associations includes regional, national and international anthropological organizations that seek to jointly promote anthropology as an international discipline, through international cooperation, scientific events, and joint research activities. Links to various anthropology organizations around the world are included on the website.


Anthropology resources for learners and teachers


British Columbia Assembly of First Nations


World Health Organization (WHO)


National Geographic


Simon Fraser University Sociology and Anthropology Department


University of British Columbia Anthropology Department


Museum of Anthropology (at UBC)


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