Generalist Anthropology


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What is Generalist Anthropology?

Generalist anthropology refers to a broad grounding in the various subfields of anthropology. This approach is ideal for undergraduate students who want to have maximum career flexibility. Unlike most other disciplines, anthropology has from the beginning used both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. It has dedicated itself to studying humanity's complexity holistically, that is to say from the vantage point of the archeological, biological, linguistic and cultural record. This means that it trains students in an unusually broad skill-set that is easily transferable into the work-world and into many fields of graduate study.

In generalist anthropology, your studies may therefore include:

  • archaeology
  • biological anthropology
  • forensic anthropology
  • anthropology of health
  • linguistic anthropology
  • sociocultural anthropology.

Undergraduate programs

Students who study generalist anthropology normally enrol in one of the following programs:

  • Specialist Program in Anthropology (Science) ERSPE0105
  • Major Program in Anthropology (Science) ERMAJ010
  • Specialist Program in Anthropology (Arts) ERSPE1775 
  • Major Program in Anthropology (Arts) ERMAJ1775
  • Minor Program in Anthropology (Arts) ERMIN1775

UTM Anthropology undergraduate programs pair well with many other disciplines for double majors. Many students combine our Minor (Arts) program with other Major programs.

Learn about Anthropology programs at UTM

Undergraduate courses

Our recommended upper-level courses for generalist anthropology are anthropology science (SCI) and social science (SSc) credits.

Learn about Anthropology courses at UTM

Virtual Showcase Information Session: A brief overview of Generalist Anthropology at UTM presented by Dr. Steven Dorland (1:08)