Frequently Asked Questions

The content on this page applies to UTM Anthropology undergraduate students only.

  1. What do I do if I miss a test or assignment in my Anthropology course?
  2. I want to take a course but I do not have the prerequisite. Can I contact the instructor or petition to take the course without the prerequisite?
  3. I’ve been removed from a course because I do not have the pre-requisite. I heard that some students can take a course without the pre-requisite. Is this true?
  4. I was trying to enroll in an Anthropology course (e.g. ANT200H5F) but it says my enrolment was blocked when I put in into my enrolment cart. Would you be able to tell me why?
  5. Can you advise me on what courses I should take for an Anthropology major or specialist program?
  6. Which Anthropology course at the St. George campus (UTSG) would be acceptable for my Anthropology program at UTM?
  7. Which Anthropology course at the St. George campus (UTSG) is equivalent to ANT204H5 (UTM course)?
  8. What is a formal petition (for the Department of Anthropology)?
  9. How do I make an appointment to see the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor?
  10. I would like more information on possible career paths or graduate school related to Anthropoology. How can I get more information?
  11. I am currently a high school student. Can I apply for the special anthropology course?

 

 


Q.1 What do I do if I miss a test or assignment in my Anthropology course?

Please see the Submitting Documentation for Missed Work page for instructions on what to do if you miss a test or assignment deadline for a UTM Anthropology course.

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Q.2 I want to take a course but I do not have the pre-requisite. Can I contact the instructor or petition to take the course without the prerequisite?

Please do not email your instructor or the Chair. The department sets the prerequisite requirements based on careful, long-term consideration of the background essential for the course. Letting in students without this background affects the teaching and learning environment for all members of the course.

The Department of Anthropology’s policy on handling requests for approval to take courses without the prerequisites is as follows:

If students do not have the prerequisites, we will accept formal petitions for the course, only if there is space in the first week of classes. We will not accept petitions prior to that date, or if the course is full, because we must be fair to students who do have the prerequisites and who have been planning to take the course.

If students decide to petition at that time, the petition can be submitted using the online form which will open during the first week of classes in the Fall 2019 term.

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Q.3 I’ve been removed from a course because I do not have the pre-requisite. I heard that some students can take a course without the pre-requisite. Is this true?

Please do not email your instructor or the Chair. The department sets the prerequisite requirements based on careful, long-term consideration of the background essential for the course. Letting in students without this background affects the teaching and learning environment for all members of the course.

The Department of Anthropology’s policy on handling requests for approval to take courses without the prerequisites is as follows:

If students do not have the prerequisites, we will accept formal petitions for the course, only if there is space in the first week of classes. We will not accept petitions prior to that date, or if the course is full, because we must be fair to students who do have the prerequisites and who have been planning to take the course. 

If students decide to petition at that time, the petition can be submitted using the online form which will open during the first week of classes in the Fall 2019 term.

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Q.4 I was trying to enroll in an Anthropology course (e.g. ANT200H5F) but it says that my enrolment is blocked when I put in into my enrolment cart. I have all the prerequisites for this course so I don't understand why I can't enrol in it. Is there a mistake?

No, there is no mistake as to why you are blocked from enroling in a particular Anthropology course.

The UTM timetable: https://student.utm.utoronto.ca/timetable/, has information about who is allowed to enrol in a course and when. Priority is given to students who require this course (e.g. ANT200H5F) to fulfill their program requirements. These students are given the choice to enrol in this course first so that they are not wait listed. If you are not active in one of the programs that require this course, you will not be allowed to enrol in it until a later date.

Check the "Enrolment Controls" section (in red) under your course to see why you are blocked and at what date you may be able to enrol. Note that for 2019, as of July 26 at 6am, all other UTM students can enrol. Different courses have different enrolment controls so you need to check for each course.

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Q.5 Can you advise me on what courses I should take for an Anthropology major or specialist program?

Make sure to review the requirements for completion of Anthropology programs as well as the requirements for completion of degrees on the UTM Academic Calendar prior to selecting your courses.

You can also view our guide to recommended courses by field of interest and planned career streams when choosing among the many upper-level courses offered. (Note: these are not required courses for the degree, but are recommended by faculty as key courses for students interested in pursuing fields of interest as careers or for graduate study). 

Remember, not all upper-year courses are offered every year, and also remember to take the required prerequisites you need for upper-year courses.

If you have questions you can request an appointment with the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor.

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Q.6 Which Anthropology course at the St. George campus (UTSG) would be acceptable for my Anthropology program at UTM?

In the UTM Academic Calendar, Anthropology courses listed as exclusions are considered equivalent and can be used to fulfill UTM Anthropology program requirements.

Not all academic departments would treat exclusions as equivalent so it is best to check with each department about equivalencies.

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Q.7 Which Anthropology course at the St. George campus (UTSG) is equivalent to ANT204H5 (UTM course)?

At UTSG, the course ANT207H1 - "Core Concepts in Social and Cultural Anthropology" is considered equivalent to ANT204H5 - "Sociocultural Anthropology" (at UTM) and would be acceptable in fulfilling program requirements.

NOTE: the UTSG course ANT204H1 - "Anthropology of the Contemporary World" is not equivalent to the UTM course ANT204H5 - "Sociocultural Anthropology".

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Q.8 What is a formal petition (for the Department of Anthropology)?

A formal petition is a written request clearly stating in detail the purpose of what the student is requesting.

Starting in Fall 2019, formal petitions can be submitted using our online form (which will open during the first week of classes.) Note that this is different from the Office of the Registrar’s petition process.

We will do our best to reply to requests in a timely manner, however please allow decisions to take up to 2 business days on average. 

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Q.9 How do I make an appointment to see the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor?

View the Undergraduate Advising Hours page for upcoming appointment availability, and submit a request for an appointment using the online form.  Appointments are normally 30 minutes long. Confirmation of your appointment will be sent by email.

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Q.10 I would like more information on possible career paths or graduate school related to Anthropology. How can I get more information?

Please visit our Careers page and our Career Advising page for the latest Career Advising drop-in schedule. Note: when there are no specific Career Advising hours available, you may request to meet with the Undergraduate Advisor instead.

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Q.11 I am currently a high school student. Can I apply for an anthropology course?

As a high school applicant, you would apply into an area of study in the Social Science or Humanities area. Once you are accepted into university and are selecting first year courses, just be sure to select ANT101H5 and ANT102H5 (at UTM), or equivalent. At the end of your first year, you will be selecting your program (Major in Anthropology or Specialist in Anthropology). 

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