Teaching and Research Specialties at UTM

At UTM Anthropology, we have strong faculty and courses in all four traditional subfields of Anthropology:

  • Archaeology;
  • Biological Anthropology;
  • Linguistic Anthropology; and
  • Sociocultural Anthropology.

We also have strengths in:

  • Forensic Anthropology;
  • and the Anthropology of Health.  

You can combine our courses in many different ways to earn an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) or Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) degree.  

View our Recommended Courses page for key courses for each field of study, including Generalist Anthropology (for maximum career flexibility), and learn more about our Faculty research interests.


The study of all aspects of human life in the past.

  • origins of food production and villages
  • ancient technology, style, material culture
  • complex societies and early states

Biological Anthropology

The study of human biology and how it relates to cultural and physical environments.

  • molecular anthropology and genetics
  • health
  • human osteology
  • ​forensics

Forensic Anthropology

Including human biology, archaeology and ethnohistory. The study of body deposition and scene reconstruction, human remains recovery, human identification, the postmortem interval, and skeletal trauma in modern legal contexts.

  • body deposition and scene reconstruction;
  • human remains recovery;
  • human identification;
  • the postmortem interval; and
  • skeletal trauma in modern legal contexts

Anthropology of Health

The study of the effects of cultural and socioeconomic processes on biological and health outcomes in human populations.

  • Indigenous health
  • circumpolar populations
  • nutrition transition
  • food security
  • chronic disease
  • child growth
  • public health policy

Linguistic Anthropology

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

  • language and youth culture
  • language and gender
  • sociolinguistics, conversation analysis
  • body language, yoga

Sociocultural Anthropology

The study of human individuals and societies, their behaviours and beliefs, and everything about human culture.

  • work, labour, economics, ethics
  • inter-relations between the environment, religion, and science
  • media (newspapers, video, film)
  • neoliberalism, globalization