Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humankind from its beginnings to the present day.  Many disciplines concern themselves with the human, but only anthropology seeks to understand the whole panorama of human existence - in geographic space and evolutionary time - through comparative and holistic study.

The research interests of our full-time faculty members reflect the broad mandate of anthropology as a discipline. We cover the traditional four subfields of anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology; this includes strengths in forensic anthropology and the anthropology of health.

Did you know?

  • Anthropologists find rewarding careers in governmental and international agencies, business and industry, universities and colleges, and many other areas!
  • The word anthropology is derived from the Greek anthropos ("human") and logia ("study").
  • Nothing human is alien to anthropology!

Download our departmental brochure (PDF file).

September 2017 Drop-In Hours for Undergraduate Advising

Drop-in Undergraduate Advising is available for Anthropology students in September from 10am to 12 noon, Monday - Friday in HSC300. More information.

Anthropology of Health courses 2017-18

ANT220H5F - Introduction to the Anthropology of Health (SCI)
ANT341H5F - Anthropology of Infectious Disease (SCI)
ANT214H5S - Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SCI)
ANT338H5S - Laboratory Methods in Biological Anthropology (SCI EXP)

Visit our Anthropology of Health page for more information on this exciting new focus which emphasizes the effects of cultural and socioeconomic processes on biological and health outcomes in human populations. Open to all students who have the required prerequisites, whether from an Arts or a Science background.

ANT364H5S - Fieldwork in Language, Culture, and Society (Winter 2018)

Mondays 11am-2pm (including PRA)

This course will give students hands-on experience in methods for recording, transcribing, coding, and analyzing ethnographic data in linguistic anthropology. Students will synthesize weekly reading materials focused on these methods with actual, collaborative, in-class practice on a designated topic in the anthropology of everyday social interaction. View the complete course description via the Academic Calendar.