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Anthropology is concerned with human biological, social, and cultural development. This broad mandate has led to the division of the discipline into four distinctive areas of research.

Archaeology studies surviving evidence of people’s activities in the past. From the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts uncovered, archaeologists draw conclusions about the organization of social groups, their adaptations to environment, and their spatial and temporal relations. General research topics include the origins of culture and technology, adaptations to extreme climates, the peopling of the New World, development of food production and political inequality in the Old and New Worlds.

Linguistic and Semiotic Anthropology studies how language and other systems of human communication contribute to the reproduction, transmission, and transformation of culture. It is concerned with the role of language and other communicative systems in reproducing and transforming such aspects of society as power relations, ideology, subcultural expression, as well as class, gender and ethnic identity.

Biological Anthropology is the study of the biological diversity of humans, the history of this diversity, and the biological relationships between humans and non-human primates. Major foci in Biological (Physical) Anthropology include Human Biology, the study of modern humans; Osteology, the study of the human skeleton; Paleoanthropology, the study of human evolution; and Primatology, the study of non-human primates. Biological anthropologists integrate biological and social variables in their explanations of the effects of evolution on humans and other primates.

Social and Cultural Anthropology: traditionally, Social Anthropology dealt with non-literate and isolated societies, which could be observed in their totality. Today, many social anthropologists also study such aspects of complex societies as peasantry, ethnic minorities, and industrial work groupings. Institutions and models of social behaviour are compared cross-culturally to establish more general concepts and theories.

Careers in Anthropology emphasize either theoretical, academic aspects or practical applications. Most institutions involved in teaching and research require anthropologists with a Ph.D. For practical applications, at least an M.A. is usually required. The Undergraduate Program provides excellent preparation for business or public service careers in which international and human diversity issues are important. Courses in anthropology provide a unique grounding and can be fruitfully combined with courses in a wide variety of other disciplines.

Undergraduate Program Administrator/Student Counsellor: Ms. Silvia Beilin, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 1030 (416-978-6414), silvia.beilin@utoronto.ca

Anthropology Programs

Enrolment in the Anthropology programs is open to students who have completed four full course-equivalents.
* Note: ANT courses are those offered with the following prefixes: ANT, ABS, ARH, JAC, JAL, JAP and JPA.
Anthropology (General) (Arts program)

Specialist program:
(11 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
1. ANT100Y1
2. Three 200+ series ANT* courses from one of Groups A, B, C, D
3. Three 200+ series ANT* courses from a Group other than the group chosen in 2. (above)
4. Four additional ANT* courses with at least one full course at the 400-level

Major program:
7 ANT* full courses including ANT100Y1 and at least three 300+ series courses

Minor program:
4 ANT* full courses, of which at least one must be 300+ series course; excluding ANT497/498/499
Anthropology (Linguistic & Semiotic) (Arts program)

Major program:
(7 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 300+ series courses)
1. ANT100Y1
2. JAL253H1, JAL254H1
3. Three courses from Group B (VIC220Y1 may be substituted for one full course)
4. Two additional ANT* courses
Anthropology (Biological) (Science program)

Major program:
(7 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 300+series courses)

First Year:

First or Second Year:

Higher Years:
1. At least 2 courses from ANT332Y1, ANT333Y1, ANT334Y1, ANT337Y1
2. Two other courses from Group C
3. One 300+series course from another ANT* Group
Anthropology (Social/Cultural) (Arts program)

Specialist program:
(11 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
1. ANT100Y1
2. ANT204Y1
3. One from ANT200Y1, ANT203Y1, (JAL253H1 and 254H1)
4. Six courses from Group D (one of ANT323Y1 or ANT329Y1 may be substituted), with at least one full course at the 400-level
5. Two additional ANT* courses

Anthropological Sciences (Science program)

Specialist program:
(13.5 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
1. BIO150Y1
2. GGR100Y1
3. One of: MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1/(CHM138H1, CHM139H1)/PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1
4. ANT200Y1
5. ANT203Y1
6. ENV236Y1/(GGR201H1, GLG216H1/GLG217H1)
7. A statistics half-course from: GGR270H1**,STA220H1, STA221H1, JBS229H1, ANT C35H3***,STA250H1, STA255H1,STA257H1, STA261H1.
** Geography pre- or co-requisites waived for Anthropology students*** To be taken at the Scarborough Campus
8. One 300+series ANT* course from: 310Y1, 314H1, 315H1, 417H1, 419H1, 497Y1, 498H1, 499H1, ARH360Y1
9. One 300+series ANT* course from: 311Y1, 406H1, 409H1, 410H1, 411H1, 415Y1, 420H1, 497Y1, 498H1, 499H1; ARH305H1, ARH361H1; JPA305H1, JPA310H1, JPA400Y1
10. Two of ANT332Y1, ANT334Y1, ANT337Y1
11. One 300+series ANT* course from Groups B or D
12. Two full course equivalents from the following:
ANA300Y1; ANT328H1, ANT330Y1, ANT333Y1, ANT415Y1, ANT428H1, ANT429Y1, ANT433H1, ANT434H1; BIO250Y1, BIO260H1, BIO323H1, BIO324H1; BOT300H1, BOT307H1, BOT310H1, BOT341H1; CHM220H1, CHM225Y1, CHM247H1, CHM249H1, CHM338H1, CHM347H1; GGR201H1, GGR205H1, GGR272H1, GGR273H1, GGR302H1, GGR305H1, GGR310H1, GGR390H1; GLG206H1, GLG216H1, GLG217H1, GLG360H1; JPA400Y1; MGB311Y1, MGB312H1, MGB470H1; ZOO263Y1, ZOO325H1, ZOO328H1, ZOO329H1, ZOO332H1, ZOO362H1, ZOO388H1, ZOO389H1

Anthropology Groups
Group A: (Archaeology)
ANT200Y1, ANT299Y1, ANT310Y1, ANT311Y1, ANT314H1, ANT315H1, ANT406H1, ANT409H1, ANT410H1, ANT411H1, ANT412H1, ANT415Y1, ANT417H1, ANT419H1, ANT420H1, ANT497Y1/498H1/499H1; ARH305H1, ARH312Y1, ARH360Y1, ARH361H1; ARH482H1; JPA305H1, JPA310H1, JPA400Y1
Group B: (Linguistic)
ANT299Y1, ANT323Y1, ANT329Y1, ANT425H1, ANT426H1, ANT427H1, ANT444Y1, ANT497Y1/498H1/499H1; JAL253H1, JAL254H1, JAL328H1, JAL355H1, JAL356H1, JAL401H1
Group C: (Biological)
ANT203Y1, ANT299Y1, ANT328H1, ANT330Y1, ANT332Y1, ANT333Y1, ANT334Y1, ANT337Y1, ANT428H1, ANT429Y1, ANT433H1, ANT434H1, ANT436H1, ANT481H1, ANT497Y1/498H1/499H1
Group D: (Social-Cultural)
ANT204Y1, ANT299Y1, ANT325Y1, ANT343Y1, ANT344Y1, ANT345Y1, ANT346H1, 347Y1, ANT348Y1, ANT349H1, ANT351H1, ANT363Y1, ANT365Y1, ANT366Y1, ANT367Y1, ANT426H1, 440H1, ANT441H1, ANT442H1, ANT444Y1, ANT446Y1, ANT447H1, ANT448H1, 449H1, ANT450H1, ANT451H1, ANT452H1, ANT453H1, ANT454H1, ANT455Y1, 461H1, ANT480H1, ANT497Y1/498H1/499H1; JAG321H1, JAP256H1

Aboriginal Studies - See Aboriginal Studies
Archaeological Science & Archaeology - See Archaeology
Environmental Anthropology Minor- See Division of the Environment
Past Environments Specialist - See Division of the Environment

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