Honours in Anthropology

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Major in Anthropology

Calendar | Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

Minor in Anthropology


Joint Honours in Anthropology and Sociology

Calendar | Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

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Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human amongst contemporary problems. It combines intricate and stimulating fieldwork, where one observes and participates in people’s lives, with the depth and rigor of academic research to understand the ways in which we live in the world through time, and in different places.  

Anthropology’s integrative approach to method and theory not only helps us understand better the vast array of human practices and constitutive relations with non-humans, but is fundamental to identifying and understanding the critical social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental challenges of today.  

Our specialized program in sociocultural anthropology will prepare students for future careers with skills in empirical research and analysis, critique and the development of creative new solutions to the problems posed by globalization, environmental change, poverty and development, migration, and new technologies.

General admission requirements

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
Ontario English or Français 4U ± 75%
Quebec – CEGEP English (603) or Français (601) ± 65%
Quebec – Secondary V English or Français 84%
Nicolas Rutherford

Nicolas Rutherford’s Master’s in Anthropology focuses on the sushi industry. He participates in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies’ HAL [HumAnimaLab or Human-Animal-Laboratory], a research group focused on the new geological, environmental, political and cultural age that the world has entered. Experts are calling it the anthropocene, in reference to humans (“anthropos” in greek) who are thought to be responsible for powerful climatic and environmental changes.

Program highlights

  • Expertise in:
    • health and medicine
    • science and technology
    • media, AI, and the Internet
    • social movements
    • minority groups
    • cities
    • labour and the future of work
    • food, ecosystems and the environment
    • human/non-human relations in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, North America, and the Arctic.
  • One-semester practicum course provides students in our specialization program with the opportunity to design, conduct, and analyze results from their own research projects.
  • Research laboratories – Cities and Contemporary Urban Processes, the Interdisciplinary Study of Food, Human-Animal Relations Lab, and Media and Visual Anthropology – enable students to collaborate on research with professors and with students from across campus.

Career opportunities

  • Health researcher
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Teacher
  • Community organizer
  • Cultural attaché
  • NGO project manager
  • Global product expert
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public servant
  • Parks and museums conservator
  • Marketing consultant
  • User experience designer


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International opportunities

This program provides students with international opportunities as of their third year of study.

Angéline Boswell


“I’ve had passionate, inspirational professors who really knew how to awaken my curiosity on a range of topics. I learned to take a step back, observe our society and criticize it. I apply the ideas I learned in class to all aspects of my life.”

Angéline Boswell, student

Ari Gandsman

“Now is an excellent time to study anthropology! Major companies like Google, Intel and Microsoft, as well as the federal government, are increasingly hiring anthropologists. It’s one of the best disciplines for shifting your perception of the world and for seeing it through the eyes of others.”

Ari Gandsman, professor


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