Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

The following questions and answers apply to UTM Anthropology undergraduate students only:

Updated June 27, 2020: View all questions and answers about the new ISP100H5 writing course.

Missed tests and assignments:

What do I do if I miss a test or assignment in my Anthropology course? View answer

Prerequisites:

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? View answer

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? View answer

Blocked enrolment:

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? View answer

Departmental approval:

I want to enroll in a course (e.g. ANT430H5 and ANT431H5) but it says that I need departmental approval. How do I get that? View answer

Course selection:

Can you advise me on what courses I should take for an Anthropology major or specialist program? View answer

Equivalent courses at St. George and Scarborough campuses:

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

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

I want to take some courses at the St. George and/or Scarborough campus. What courses are offered this year that I can use towards fulfilling my program requirements at UTM especially the upper year 3rd and 4th year courses? View answer

Advising and formal petitions:

What is a formal petition (for the Department of Anthropology)? View answer

How do I make an appointment to see the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor? View answer

I would like more information on possible career paths or graduate school related to Anthropoology. How can I get more information? View answer

Prospective students:

I am currently a high school student. Can I apply for the special anthropology course? View answer

The following four questions are regarding the new ISP100H5 writing course:

For students in their final year of studies completing a Major in Anthropology:

I heard that the requirements for Anthropology has changed for this upcoming year (2020-2021) and we will have to take a new writing course. I am in my last year finishing up a few more courses to complete a Major in Anthropology. Do I have to take this new writing course? View answer

For students in their final year of studies completing a Minor in Anthropology:

I heard that the requirements for Anthropology has changed for this upcoming year (2020-2021) and we will have to take a new writing course. I am in my last year finishing up a few more courses to complete a Minor in Anthropology. Do I have to take this new writing course? View answer

For students starting first year at UTM in Fall 2020 and thinking about doing a Major or Specialist in Anthropology:

I will be a first year student at UTM starting this fall 2020, and interested in maybe doing a Major or Specialist in Anthropology. What courses should I take in my first year? View answer

For students currently doing a Minor in Anthropology and thinking about changing it to a Major or a Specialist.

I’m currently doing a Minor in Anthropology and was thinking about changing it to a Major or a Specialist. I heard that there will be a new writing course. Do I have to take it if I change my program to a Major because I am already an Anthropology student doing the Minor? View answer

 

Answers

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

Please see the Special Consideration for Missed Term 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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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.

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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. 

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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 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. Different courses have different enrolment controls so you need to check for each course.

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I want to enroll in a course (e.g. ANT430H5 and ANT431H5) but it says that I need departmental approval. How do I get that?

For the special topics courses ANT430H5, ANT431H5, as well as ANT432H5 and ANT433H5, be sure to click on “details” from the timetable to see the course title, description and pre-requisite requirements. Enroll in the course as you would all other courses through ACORN. There is no additional requirement to receive departmental approval. If you are enrolled in the course and meet all requirements, you are successfully enrolled.

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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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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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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 - "Social Cultural Anthropology and Global Issues" is not equivalent to the UTM course ANT204H5 - "Sociocultural Anthropology".

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I want to take some courses at the St. George and/or Scarborough campus. What courses are offered this year that I can use towards fulfilling my program requirements at UTM especially the upper year 3rd and 4th year courses?

All ANT courses from the other campuses can be used towards fulfilling UTM’s program requirements. Please take note of Q.7 (above) with regards to ANT207H5 which is unique to only UTM.

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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.

Formal petitions can be submitted using our online form. 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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How do I make an appointment to see the Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor?

View the Undergraduate Advising Hours page to learn how to submit a request for undergraduate advising.

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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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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, ANT102H5, and ISP100H5 (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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I heard that the requirements for Anthropology has changed for this upcoming year (2020-2021) and we will have to take a new writing course. I am in my last year finishing up a few more courses to complete a major in anthropology. Do I have to take this new writing course?

If you are already “Active” in a major or specialist program in Anthropology, then you do not have to take the new writing course (ISP100H5). Use the program requirements required for the year that you became active. So for example, if you became active in the Major in Anthropology back in the year 2018 when you finished first year, use the requirements published for the year 2018. If you became active in the year 2020 and beyond, then you would use the 2020 session requirements which includes the ISP100H5 (as well as ANT220H5 for the science programs). See the UTM Academic Calendar for details.

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I heard that the requirements for Anthropology has changed for this upcoming year (2020-2021) and we will have to take a new writing course. I am in my last year finishing up a few more courses to complete a Minor in Anthropology. Do I have to take this new writing course?

No. If you are doing a Minor in Anthropology, then you do not need to take the new writing course (ISP100H5) because the new program changes are only for the Major and Specialist programs. See the UTM Academic Calendar for details.

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I will be a first year student at UTM starting this fall 2020, and interested in maybe doing a Major or Specialist in Anthropology. What courses should I take in my first year?

Be sure to take the new writing course ISP100H5 in addition to the first year Anthropology courses (ANT101H5 and ANT102H5). See the Limited Enrolment section of the UTM Academic Calendar for details.

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I’m currently doing a Minor in Anthropology and was thinking about changing it to a Major or a Specialist. I heard that there will be a new writing course. Do I have to take it if I change my program to a Major because I am already an Anthropology student doing the Minor?

It depends. Because the program completion requirements depend on the session year that you become active the answer would be "no" if you become active before September 1, 2020. If you change your Minor to a Major/Specialist after September 1, 2020 then "yes" you would need to include ISP100H5 among the courses you take to complete your program requirements. For the science programs, you would also need to add ANT220H5. Check your emails for information sent by the department.

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