Generalist Anthropology


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What is Generalist Anthropology?

Generalist Anthropology aims to provide students with an education in “four-field anthropology” and is ideal for students who seek a broad understanding of the origins, patterns, and dimensions of human development and diversity.

Students will have the opportunity to experience the full breadth of anthropological scholarship on the human past, human evolution, and human languages, societies and cultures. While offering a broad introduction to the discipline as a whole, Generalist Anthropology also encourages students to develop expertise in fields of anthropological scholarship that transcend subdisciplinary boundaries. This will appeal to students who wish to develop a multi-dimensional anthropological approach to topics such as: sex and gender, technology and society, health and disease, material culture, and the human-environment nexus.

Generalist Anthropology allows students to develop their capacities to think clearly and critically, take account of a range of scholarly perspectives, make sound judgments, and contribute constructively to society.

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 and social science credits.