Our MA program provides students with a broad knowledge of anthropological theory and research methods. Students build their research and writing skills in their graduate courses, culminating in the preparation of a significant piece of scholarly writing, which constitutes their MA thesis. The MA in Anthropology at UBC is based upon a combination of coursework, research and a thesis. Interdisciplinary contacts are encouraged, and links are maintained with departments and programs such as Asian Studies, the Institute of Asian Research, Linguistics, History, Geography, Sociology, and the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies.
UBC's Asian Studies Department is the flagship Asian Studies department in Canada and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest in North America. The Department awards a thesis-based MA in Asian Studies to students working in a variety of regions and disciplines.
The department boasts over 20 graduate faculty, as well as a many tenure-track instructors and lecturers with wide-ranging expertise. Our more than 60 graduate students specialize in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and South Asian Studies and craft individual programs within and across various humanities disciplines, including linguistics, literary study, history, philosophy, religious studies, and popular and visual culture. The Department offers instruction in the following languages: Cantonese, Modern and Classical Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Modern and Classical Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, and Sanskrit.
The department is a hub for research activities related to Asia, including large collaborative projects, multiple lecture series and workshops, and professional development opportunities, which provide students ample opportunities to develop their expertise, pursue their interests, and develop professional connections with scholars from around the world. It also regularly hosts postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. The program offers a range of funding opportunities and support for research activities.
In addition to our strengths in language and literary studies, the Asian Studies Department stands out for the geographic and disciplinary breadth of its faculty. It offers a range of coursework, from specialized research seminars to comparative Pan-Asian, methodological and professional development courses, drawing on the diversity of faculty and student specializations.
The UBC Library is the second-largest research library in Canada and the Asian Library boasts one of the finest Asian collections in North America, with a particular strength in East Asian materials.
Students pursuing the MA degree have gone on to top-ranked PhD programs around the world; others have put their skills to use in public service, education, journalism, translation, publishing, museums and cultural education, consulting, and business.
The MA program at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice is a vibrant, interdisciplinary graduate program, that attracts excellent scholars from around the world. Our MA program incorporates research and theory from the social sciences, humanities, science, education, and law. MA students are engaged in theoretical and empirical work that contributes to the advancement of current knowledge and relevant dialogues around culture, politics and public policy in local, global and transnational contexts. Subjects of exploration include: critical race theory, ethnic studies, indigenous studies, media studies, feminist politics and methodologies, health, history and autobiography, international development, literature/film and cultural studies, migration and racialization, gender, sexuality, social justice, social policy and community action.
The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC joins other higher learning institutions globally in support of a multidisciplinary field of scholarship and collaboration. Our Institute’s graduate and research program initiatives are strongly collaborative in nature, with opportunities for graduate students to interact with other students and faculty on shared themes of interest. Being interdisciplinary in nature, there is also participation from across UBC departments and units, providing key avenues to extend networks across the campus community and beyond. Many of our faculty and students are heavily engaged in community based research and teaching.
Our research and teaching programs reflect the unique diversity in interdisciplinary thought and practice, and are central to UBC’s strategic initiatives of Aboriginal Engagement, Intercultural Understanding, International Engagement, and Social Sustainability.
The M.A. program in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice will prepare students for employment in the public or private sector, or to pursue further studies in a Ph.D. program. Recent graduates have taken positions at the Department of Natural Resources Canada, BC Society of Transition Houses, University of Waterloo's Career Services, WorkSafe BC, and many other organizations. Those looking to pursue a Ph.D. have gone on to study at the University of Manchester, York, Stanford, Simon Fraser University, University of Oregon, as well as UBC.