Frequently Asked Questions

The content on this page applies to UTM Anthropology undergraduate students only.

  1. What do I do if I miss a test or assignment in my Anthropology course?
  2. I’ve been removed from a course because I do not have the pre-requisite. I heard that some students can take a course without the pre-requisite. Is this true?
  3. I want to take a course but I do not have the pre-requisite. I heard that some students can take a course without the pre-requisite. Is this true?
  4. I would like to get approval to take an Anthropology course which conflicts with another course which is held at the same time. What do I need to do to get this approval?
  5. I was trying to enroll in an Anthropology (e.g. ANT200H5F) but it says my enrolment was blocked when I put in into my enrolment cart. Would you be able to tell me why?
  6. Can you advise me on what courses I should take for an Anthropology major or specialist program?
  7. What is a formal petition (for the Department of Anthropology)?
  8. How do I make an appointment to see the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor?
  9. I would like more information on possible career paths or graduate school related to Anthropoology. How can I get more information?
  10. I am currently a high school student. Can I apply for the special anthropology course?

 

 


Q.1 What do I do if I miss a test or assignment in my Anthropology course?

Please see the Submitting Documentation for Missed Work page for instructions on what to do if you miss a test or assignment deadline for a UTM Anthropology course.

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Q.2 I’ve been removed from a course because I do not have the pre-requisite. I heard that some students can take a course without the pre-requisite. Is this true?

It is true only in very rare cases; the department sets the pre-requisite requirements based on careful, long-term consideration of the background essential for the course. Letting in students without this background affects the teaching and learning environment for all members of the course.

The Department of Anthropology’s policy on handling requests for approval to take courses without the pre-requisites is as follows:

If students do not have the pre-requisites, we will accept written petitions for the class, only if there is space in the first week of classes. We will not accept petitions prior to that date, or if the course is full, because we must be fair to students with the pre-requisites who have been planning to take the course.

If students decide to petition at that time, the petition should be sent to our Undergraduate Administrator, Angela Sidoriak, to utm.anthro@utoronto.ca. The formal petition is comprised of a written explanation as to why the student could do well in the course, in spite of not having the pre-requisite. Please be sure to include your student number in your email. Once received, the Undergraduate Administrator will consult the Chair as needed.

Please do not send petitions directly to the Chair or to the instructor.  The instructor may NOT approve any student into a course.

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Q.3 I want to take a course but I do not have the pre-requisite. I heard that some students can take a course without the pre-requisite. Is this true?

It is true only in very rare cases; the department sets the pre-requisite requirements based on careful, long-term consideration of the background essential for the course. Letting in students without this background affects the teaching and learning environment for all members of the course.

The Department of Anthropology’s policy on handling requests for approval to take courses without the pre-requisites is as follows:

If students do not have the pre-requisites, we will accept written petitions for the class, only if there is space in the first week of classes. We will not accept petitions prior to that date, or if the course is full, because we must be fair to students with the pre-requisites who have been planning to take the course.

If students decide to petition at that time, the petition should be sent to our Undergraduate Administrator, Angela Sidoriak, to utm.anthro@utoronto.ca. The formal petition is comprised of a written explanation as to why the student could do well in the course, in spite of not having the pre-requisite. Please be sure to include your student number in your email. Once received, the Undergraduate Administrator will consult the Chair as needed.

Please do not send petitions directly to the Chair or to the instructor.  The instructor may NOT approve any student into a course.

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Q.4 I would like to get approval to take an Anthropology course which conflicts with another course which is held at the same time. What do I need to do to get this approval?

Although ROSI/ACORN does not prevent you from enrolling in courses which conflict with each other, we strongly advise against this for obvious reasons. Most importantly, instructors are not required to give any accommodations (i.e. make-up test on another day) if both mid-terms are held on the same day and time. The instructor will simply give a grade of “0%” for the missed mid-term. For this reason, it would be wise for the student to check the syllabi of both conflicting courses to ensure that mid-term tests are not scheduled on the same day. It would be wiser to seek the advice of the undergraduate advisor to see what other alternative options might be available so you do not need to take courses that conflict in the first place. Students can view drop-in hours or request an appointment via our Anthropology website to see the undergraduate advisor.

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Q. 5 I was trying to enroll in an Anthropology course (e.g. ANT200H5F) but it says that my enrolment is blocked when I put in into my enrolment cart. Would you be able to tell me why?

From the timetable website: https://student.utm.utoronto.ca/timetable/ you can see the information on “Enrolment Controls” (red section under the Course Details section) for the course you want to put into your enrolment cart. For courses which are required for a specific program (e.g. Specialist in Anthropology), priority is given to these students to enroll first. For the 2018 academic year, after July 27, the course becomes available to other UTM students or students in the Minor in Anthropology program. After August 10, students from other campuses (St. George/UTSc) can enroll. 

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Q.6 Can you advise me on what courses I should take for an Anthropology major or specialist program?

Make sure to review the requirements for completion of Anthropology programs as well as the requirements for completion of degrees on the UTM Academic Calendar prior to selecting your courses.

You can also view our guide to recommended courses by field of interest and planned career streams when choosing among the many upper-level courses offered. (Note: these are not required courses for the degree, but are recommended by faculty as key courses for students interested in pursuing fields of interest as careers or for graduate study). 

Remember, not all upper-year courses are offered every year, and also remember to take the required prerequisites you need for upper-year courses.

If you have questions you can request an appointment with the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor.

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Q.7 What is a formal petition (for the Department of Anthropology)?

A formal petition is a written email clearly stating in detail the purpose of what the student is requesting. The email must include the student’s full name (as registered in ROSI) and student number and be sent to the Undergraduate Administrator (utm.anthro@utoronto.ca). There is no “form” to fill out when requesting a formal petition with the department of Anthropology. Note that this is different from the Office of the Registrar’s petition process.

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Q.8 How do I make an appointment to see the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor?

View the Undergraduate Advising Hours page for upcoming appointment availability, and submit a request for an appointment using the online form.  Appointments are normally 30 minutes long. Confirmation of your appointment will be sent by email.

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Q.9 I would like more information on possible career paths or graduate school related to Anthropoology. How can I get more information?

Please visit our Careers page and our Career Advising page for the latest Career Advising drop-in schedule. Note: when there are no specific Career Advising hours available, you may request to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor instead.

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Q.10 I am currently a high school student. Can I apply for an anthropology course?

As a high school applicant, you would apply into an area of study in the Social Science or Humanities area. Once you are accepted into university and are selecting first year courses, just be sure to select ANT101H5 and ANT102H5 (at UTM), or equivalent. At the end of your first year, you will be selecting your program (Major in Anthropology or Specialist in Anthropology). 

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