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!

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Spotlight on ANT220H5F: Introduction to the Anthropology of Health

boy receiving medical examHave you completed ANT101H5 and ANT102H5? You are eligible to enrol in ANT220H5, the foundational course for a focus in the Anthropology of Health. This focus helps prepare anthropologists for a career in health research. Anthropologists use many diverse approaches to examine human health and illness. Using a multi-field approach including medical, biological, sociocultural and archaeological anthropology, we’ll examine health and disease in past and present populations using a wide variety of theoretical and methodological tools. View the complete course description in the Academic Calendar. 

Global impact: U of T Anthropology among top ten in the world!

world mapThe University of Toronto tri-campus is ranked at number eight in the world for the subject of Anthropology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2018. The ranking methodology considers academic and employer reputations, research citations per paper, and H-index score.


Anthropology Alumni Profiles and Career Areas

Convocation hallLearn more about the many possible career areas for Anthropology graduates and read about the interesting pathways that some Anthropology HBA and HBSc gradutes have taken after completing their undergraduate studies here at UTM!

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