Anthropology Intro

Faculty List
  • S. Bamford, B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (McMaster), M.A., Ph.D. (Virginia), Associate Professor
  • W. Butt, B.A. (John Hopkins University), Ph.D. (California, San Diego), Assistant Professor
  • M. Cummings, B.A. (York), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (York), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • B. Dahl, B.A. (California, San Diego), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Assistant Professor
  • G. Daswani, B.Sc. (National University of Singapore), M.Sc., Ph.D. (London School of Economics), Associate Professor
  • G. Dewar, B.Sc., MA. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cape Town), Associate Professor
  • V. de Aguiar Furuie, Ph.D. (Princeton University), Assistant Professor
  • L. Janz, B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Arizona), Assistant Professor
  • K. Kilroy-Marac, B.A. (Wisconsin-Madison), M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. (Columbia), Associate Professor
  • C. Krupa, B.A., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (California, Davis), Associate Professor
  • M. Lambek, B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Michigan), F.R.S.C., Professor Emeritus
  • L. Mortensen, B.A. (Cornell), M.A., Ph.D. (Indiana), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • A. Paz, B.A. (Queen's), M.A. (Tel Aviv), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Associate Professor
  • L. Sawchuk, B.A., M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • M. Schillaci, B.A. (New Mexico), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (New Mexico), Associate Professor
  • M. Silcox, B.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins), Professor
  • J. Teichroeb, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (Calgary), Associate Professor
  • D. Young, B.A., M.A. (New Brunswick), Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor

Program Chair: S. Bamford
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For more information, visit the departmental website.

Anthropology is the study of humankind, dealing with the origin, development and nature of humans and their culture in all its varieties. As such, it is concerned with human phenomena in the widest possible terms, both biological and cultural. It differs from other social sciences in its comparative and historical approach and in its intimate links with both the natural sciences and the humanities. Anthropology examines societies today and in the past, including relatively remote and small-scale societies, complex civilizations, and contemporary global and transnational interconnections.

From this vantage point, Anthropology attempts to understand the common factors underlying human existence and the factors that produce social change and differences between people and cultures.

Due to its vast subject matter, Anthropology is traditionally divided into four subject fields: Socio-cultural Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeology. At the present time, the University of Toronto Scarborough offers programs within two major streams: Socio-cultural and Evolutionary Anthropology. Some Linguistic Anthropology courses are also offered and are closely linked to the Socio-cultural stream. Some Archaeology is offered and is closely linked to the Evolutionary stream.

Students intending to complete a program in Anthropology should take ANTA01H3 and ANTA02H3 within their first year in order to prepare them for more advanced courses. Students normally select whether to pursue the Socio-cultural stream (which leads to a B.A. degree) or the Evolutionary Anthropology stream (which leads to a B.Sc. degree) at the beginning of their second year of study but are encouraged to take courses in both streams.  All courses in Evolutionary Anthropology, including those in Archaeology, carry a science credit.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Science or Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching

The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) /Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education provides students with a direct pathway to the completion, in 6 years, of their Undergraduate degree, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications, and Master’s degree.​ These Combined Degree Programs allow students to complete 1.0 credits in courses that may be counted towards both degrees.

The Combined Degree Programs options are:

  • Evolutionary Anthropology (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Evolutionary Anthropology (Major), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Socio-Cultural Anthropology (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  • Socio-Cultural Anthropology (Major), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of the Calendar.​

Program Combination Restrictions in Anthropology

Students may combine their Specialist or Major program in Evolutionary Anthropology with either the Specialist or Major program in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, however, the following combinations are restricted:

  • The Specialist and Major programs in Evolutionary Anthropology cannot be combined;
  • The Specialist and Major programs in Socio-Cultural Anthropology cannot be combined;
  • The Minor in Anthropology cannot be combined with any other programs in Anthropology.

Experiential Learning and Outreach

For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.