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What is Anthropology at York University?

Explore how people are subjected to, participate in, and contest the processes of living in a world that is interconnected by powerful economic, cultural and technological forces. Gain the tools necessary for critical analysis of our place in the social and cultural diversity of the world. Engage in topics such as development and the environment, media and culture, health and illness, gender and sexualities, religion and science, and displaced peoples. Learn to think critically about how concepts such as class, race, gender and ethnic identities are produced and expressed. Our goal is to prepare you to ask questions about contemporary, past and future social life.

A  degree in Anthropology will give you the skills you need to engage critically with, and ask new questions about, the world in which we live.

Faculty members in the Department of Anthropology have national and international reputations for scholarship, engaged advocacy, and excellence in teaching at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels. With twenty-one faculty members and eight affiliates, we are the largest socio-cultural anthropology department in Canada. We offer comprehensive and engaging programs of study focusing on four areas.

Expand your anthropological education by studying abroad
in our iBA (international BA) program

through the York International Intership Program,

or, by taking our International Field School in Greece.


  • Just Published! York Anthropology alumni Lynda Mannik and Karen Garry have edited a collection "Reclaiming Canadian Bodies: Visual Media and Representation (Wildfred Laurier Press, 2015).

  • ***CHANGES TO HONOURS MAJOR***Credit requirements for the honours Major have dropped from 48 to 42 credits for newstudents. ANTH1120 is no longer a required course. It is now a social science General Education course. For a full list of General Education courses click here.
  • ***NEW MINOR IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY*** A Minor program in Medical Anthropology (to begin in the 2014-15 academic session) was approved by Senate on 27 Feb. The minor can be matched with any major program.







  • 2 March, 2015 3:00-5:00 pm 305 Founders: Trying the Way: Studying York Enthographically - A Roundtable Discussion

Trying the Way: Ethnographic Glimpses of York University by Penny Van Esterik (retired anthropologist) and Laurie Baker (aspiring anthropologist) is the first ethnography of a Canadian university. The ethnography tries to capture something of the culture of York through qualitative research, based on methods such as participant observation around locations at York – the cafeterias and classrooms, the libraries and laboratories, and other significant public spaces; event analysis of activities such as graduation, protests and multicultural week; student stories; photographs; and archival work including student publications such as Excalibur.

The book is not intended to be “the” ethnography of York, but rather the first of a possible set of ethnographies that could be written about York. Assuming that York culture is not captured by the NSSE surveys or Maclean’s university rankings, is it even possible to represent an institution as complex as a university ethnographically? The roundtable discussion explores how this project could be expanded and transformed into an interactive digital product that could be used as a research and teaching tool of use to future generations of York students.


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Prof. Natasha Myers
Exploring practices among artists and scientists who experiment with plant sensoria

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Prof. Natasha Myers
Molecular Embodiments: Modeling Proteins and Making Scientists

Prof. Naomi Adelson
How communication technologies are contributing to new and emerging health practices

Prof. Wenona Giles
Why long-term refugees are denied access to higher education

Prof. Teresa Holmes
Exploring the cultural politics of tourism in a coastal village in Belize

Prof. Teresa Holmes
Challenging assumptions of lineage as tradition in western Kenya.

Prof. Kenneth Little
Touristic encounters and life under the pressures of transformations of public cultures in Belize

Prof. Carlota McAllister
How former Guatemalan revolutionaries are coping with counterrevolutionary violence

Prof. Carlota McAllister
How Chilean gauchos use private property to defend herding livelihood

Prof. Albert Schrauwers
The birth of corporate management in utopian socialism in Ontario and the Netherlands

Prof. Margaret MacDonald
What does the emergence of diversity as a new social movement value within midwifery mean.

Prof. Margaret MacDonald
Images of underdevelopment are "scaled up" as campaigns "count down" to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals

Prof. David Murray
How LGBT refugees experience the Immigration & Refugee Board process and adapt to a new life in Canada

Prof. Daphne Winland
Exploring post-communist transitions in Croatia and Bosnia-Hercegovina



Studyiing abroad in Greece


Borderless Higher Education for Refugeess

What is Anthropology