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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Would you like to acquire qualitative research skills that will benefit you in your future career? 

Have you ever wondered how sociocultural and linguistic anthropologists gather their data? Have you ever wanted to conduct your own research project? 

skills research project

ANT364H5S: Fieldwork in Language, Culture, and Society offers you the opportunity to conduct an independent ethnographic project, analyze data, and write it up as a contribution to knowledge. In doing so, this class will equip you with invaluable, qualitative research skills that are increasingly in demand in the workplace. These include (participant) observation, collecting oral histories, interviewing and analytical skills. These proficiencies will benefit you any field of work you might enter, as you will become more aware of the social and cultural milieu in which you are living and capable of examining it and reflecting upon it in a way that goes far beyond the casual and everyday. 

Winter Term: Mondays 11am-2pm (including PRA)  |  View the complete course description via the Academic Calendar


Anthropology of Health Courses 2017-18

Tracey GallowayVisit our Anthropology of Health page for more information on this exciting new focus developed by Dr. Tracey Galloway, an expert in chronic disease epidemiology and Indigenous health. This program aims to prepare anthropologists for a career in health research and to train future health scientists in the anthropological techniques that lend scientific rigour and humanist compassion to a career in the health professions. 

Winter Term Courses:
ANT214H5S - Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
ANT338H5S - Laboratory Methods in Biological Anthropology


ANT 335H5F - Anthropology of Gender: Tanzania Trip Highlights & Photos!

Students in TanzaniaDuring the October 2017 reading week, UTM students travelled with Professor Sarah Hillewaert to Tanzania as part of ANT335H5F - Anthropology of Gender. This exciting International Co-Curricular Experience was offered as part of the UTM Abroad Program.

View Trip Highlights & Photos!