Anthropology Arts Programs at UTM

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Are you naturally curious, interested in solving puzzles, and passionate about understanding today's world?

Consider enrolling in an Anthropology Arts (HBA) program at UTMThe Anthropology Arts programs (Specialist, Major and Minor) focus on contemporary societies, languages and cultures across the globe. Anthropology Arts faculty do research in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and North America. Through the programs' far-reaching subject matter – from language and communication to political, legal and economic systems; magic, science and religion to the body, sex and gender – students gain unique insights into the extraordinary similarities and differences that make humans human. The Anthropology Arts programs foster skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem solving, social and cultural analysis, and library and field research – highly prized skills among a wide range of employers and professional degree programs. For double majors, our programs pair well with many other disciplines including Sociology, History and Political Science.

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What can you study?

As part of your Anthropology Arts program, you may focus in one of two subfields of anthropology below, or you can pursue generalist anthropology.


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Linguistic anthropology is the study of human communication across the globe, attempting to understand how language/linguistic practices intersect with cultural processes, worldviews, ideologies and identities.


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Sociocultural anthropology is the study of contemporary societies and cultures across the globe. In varied settings, sociocultural anthropologists explore the ways people organize themselves (“social relations” or “society”) and their shared systems of meaning (“culture”). Our sociocultural faculty have particular strengths in political, legal, environmental and medical anthropology. 


generalist anthropology

Generalist anthropology refers to a broad grounding in the various subfields of Anthropology.

Anthropology Arts programs at UTM

  • Specialist Program in Anthropology (Arts) ERSPE1775
  • Major Program in Anthropology (Arts) ERMAJ1775
  • Minor Program in Anthropology (Arts) ERMIN1775

Visit our Programs page for more information on Anthropology undergraduate programs at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program admission

All registered UTM students are eligible to enrol in ANT101H5, and ANT102H5 and ISP100H5; there are no prerequisites! These three courses are required to enter Anthropology Arts programs when you select your program of study after first year, so we recommend that you take all three in your first year of studies at UTM.

Visit our Programs page for more information on enrolling in Anthropology undergraduate programs at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Visit UTM Future Students for information on applying to the University of Toronto Mississauga. All program areas require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, or equivalent, with six Grade 12 U/M courses, or equivalent, including English.

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Choose from our many engaging courses for your Anthropology Arts program

In first year, be sure to take:

  1. ANT101H5 Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology; and
  2. ANT102H5 Introduction to Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology; and
  3. ISP100H5 Writing for University and Beyond

These are just a few examples of our many engaging Social Science courses:

As you progress through the Anthropology Arts (HBA) program at UTM, you'll have the opportunity to choose from a broad variety of engaging courses that cover critical and current topics from across the globe. Below are just a few examples of our Social Science courses; view the descriptions in the UTM Academic Calendar:

  • ANT215H5 How Should One Live? An Introduction to the Anthropology of Ethics
  • ANT216H5 Racketeers, Smugglers and Pirates: Anthropology of Illegality
  • ANT217H5 Anthropology of Law
  • ANT335H5 Anthropology of Gender
  • ANT352H5 Protest, Power and Authority: Topics in Political Anthropology
  • ANT353H5 Queer Bodies: Gender, Disability, and Illness
  • ANT363H5 Magic and Science
  • ANT467H5 Are Media Turning Humans into Cyborgs?
  • ANT468H5 Anthropology of Troubled Times

Career information

The Anthropology Arts (HBA) programs aim to provide students with an education in social, cultural and linguistic anthropology that meets the highest academic standards and allows them to develop their capacities to think and write clearly and critically, take account of a wide range of perspectives, and contribute productively to today's world. Employers and professional degree programs place a premium on the skills Anthropology Arts graduates develop.

Skills developed

  • Library and field research
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Oral communication 
  • Descriptive and analytic writing
  • Social and cultural analysis
  • Field methods – interviewing, participant observation, etc.
  • Data analysis

Career areas

  • Business
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Health Care
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • International Development
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public & Global Health
  • Public Relations
  • Social Policy
  • Social Services
  • Social Work

Our alumni at work

The skillset that Anthropology Arts (HBA) graduates acquire enables them to find fulfilling careers across the private sector, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and government. Visit HBA Alumni Profiles to see what some of our graduates are doing today.


Visit UTM Future Students for information on applying to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Explore the Undergraduate section of our website for more information about programs and courses offered by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. If you have additional questions, please contact the UTM Anthropology Academic Advisor & Undergraduate Program Administrator at

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