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Anthropology Course Descriptions


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The Anthropology Supplemental Calendar is issued as an addition to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies section of the York University Undergraduate Program Calendar. It is important that students familiarize themselves with the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies regulations pertaining to the Bachelor of Arts Degree.  In particular, students should familiarize themselves with policies on:

  • Academic Advising & Student Responsibility
  • Basic Information; Enrolment and Registration
  • Degree Requirements; Grading System
  • Term Work; Tests & Examinations; Academic Standing
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Policy on Academic Dishonesty
  • Petitions for exemptions from the regulations

This Supplemental Calendar will give you some details on the content and approach of each of our scheduled course offerings at the 1000-, 2000-, 3000- and 4000-levels. If you would like to have more detailed information about a particular course, please consult the Course Director.

Our Course Directors usually prepare these course descriptions in February of each year. Some are understandably cautious, since their plans for the following year are not certain yet. The descriptions in this Calendar should, therefore, be read as statements of current intentions. The instructors' plans may alter if the course enrollment is very different from that anticipated, or if any new course material becomes available before September, etc. Full course outlines, including reading lists, will be distributed by instructors during the first week of classes.

Degree Requirements for Anthropology Majors are set out under the "Degree Checklists".

NOTE: Please consult the Registrar's Office website for information on the up-to-date courses offered during each session.

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General Information


Program Change
Students wishing to change their major to Anthropology must complete the Program Change on-line request form, which can be access from the Registrar's Office website. The Registrar's Office processes this request.

Applying to Graduate from Undergraduate Program
Students who have successfully completed all of the requirements from the program checklist and are applying to graduate must submit an Application to Graduate with an Undergraduate Degree Form to the Registrar's Office. This Form can be downloaded from the Registrar's Office website. The Application Deadlines for the June Convocation is January 31 and for the October Convocation is July 31. For more information please visit this website

Letter of Permission - Anthropology Courses taken outside of the Department for Anthropology credits.
Students who wish to take courses at other universities for credits toward their Anthropology degree must submit a Letter of Permission Form to the Chair of the Anthropology Department (2054 Vari Hall). This Form can be downloaded from the Registar's Office Website.

 In addition to the Letter of Permission Form, students must provide a copy of a detailed course description (downloaded from the host university website is acceptable), outlining the duration of the course (hours, length of time, start and end date), year level and credit value. All of this information must be provided to the Chair before any decision can be made as to whether anthropology credit can be given for that course. Once the Chair has reviewed this request and signed the form, the student then submits the form to the Registrar's Office for processing.


Residence Requirement

A minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50%) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

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Academic Honesty


All students are expected to make themselves familiar with the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty available in the York Calendar and on the York website. It is advised that all students complete the Academic Honesty Tutorial.

The department would like to add a special caution regarding material downloaded or found on the internet. It is imperative that students treat material found on the web exactly the same as material found in a scholarly article or book: the material must be properly cited if quoted or paraphrased.

Refer to Footnote and Bibliography Guidelines found on the York University Library website.

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The Writing Department


The Writing Department assists students to become effective independent writers, within both their academic life and elsewhere. The primary means of achieving this objective is through the individualized tutoring program. All Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies students are eligible to enroll in this program, and take advantage of the opportunity to work on their writing skills with one of the Department's experienced faculty.

The Writing Deparment also regularly offers mini-courses on various issues related to writing effectively in university.

In addition, students can enroll in one of the credit courses on writing in the humanities or the social sciences. These courses provide the opportunity for students to develop their writing in all phases: research, composing, drafting and revising by learning to integrate the latest research on the writing process into these activities.

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The Anthropology Department does not post or release grades to students. Final grade reports are accessed through the Registrar's Office website.

The Registrar's Office normally releases fall term course grades in January; and fall/winter and winter term course grades in May. Summer grades are normally released in August.

You can calculate your grade point average on-line at the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, GPA calculator:

Grades of E and F are failures and will be included in the calculation of grade point averages.


A request for reappraisal must be made within 21 business days of the release of Final Grade Reports on the Registrar's Office website.

  1. The Department of Anthropology Grade Reappraisal Form may be obtained from 2054 Vari Hall.
  2. Students must complete this form and attach a concise, typewritten statement, preferably no more than two pages, to state the supporting argument for the reappraisal.
  3. Students may question the marking of specific pieces of work, or the overall course grade.
  4. Only written work can be reassessed.
  5. The submitted work will be reviewed by the department Chair and one Reappraiser appointed by the Chair.
  6. Please note that your original grade may be maintained, raised OR lowered.
  7. The grade appeal decision will take approximately 6-8 weeks. Once a decision is made, you will be notified in writing.
  8. Students may further appeal a grade reappraisal decision, on procedural grounds only, to the Office of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.  Appeals must be submitted within 21 working days of the date of the department’s letter confirming the result of the grade reappraisal.  The appeal must be submitted to LA&PS Petitions, 103 Central Square, 416-650-8193.


Mature & Part-Time Students

Open to students of all Faculties, the Atkinson Centre for Mature & Part-time Students (ACMAPS) provides information, advice and support to help mature and part-time students make the most of their York experience. ACMAPS is a place where students, staff and professors can meet to share common interests and experiences.  Located in 111 Central Square,


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Student Activities & Awards

anthropology students' association (asa)

The Anthropology Student Association (ASA) is a student-organized and student-directed club. The first goal of the ASA is to provide anthropology students at York with a sense of community within the university.  The club provides occasions for students to connect with one another outside of the classroom setting, and students get to know others who share similar interests.  The ASA arranges social events, encouraging students to associate with other students and with faculty members in an informal setting.  The ASA also strives to extend the anthropological concerns of social justice and advocacy outside of academia, through taking part in community based programs and volunteer initiatives.  Joining the ASA is an excellent way to develop a sense of community with other majors, and to learn about and share in the experiences of other students who are going through it together with you.

Students who are interested in joining the ASA listserv should e-mail with their first and last name.

This year's ASA President is Cassandra Preston, President, ASA office 2051 Vari Hall. If you are interested in being a part of the ASA, please send an e-mail at

nicol, vince and wensley prize in anthropology

Three prizes will be awarded: one each to the second-, third- and fourth-year anthropology majors having the highest cumulative grade point averages.  Students must have had an average of three full courses or equivalents per year since admission to York to qualify.  Established to honour former staff members, Irene Wensley, Rena Nicol and Beryl Vince for their exemplary service to the Anthropology Department and its students.

Selection will be made in the spring of each year by the Undergraduate Program Committee of the Department of Anthropology.


senior anthropologist's student award

This award was established to assist an undergraduate student majoring in anthropology who has completed between 60 and 90 credits with a cumulative GPA of 7.0 or higher.  The recipient must be currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits and be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, an Ontario resident and demonstrate financial need.  A committee within the Scholarships and Bursaries Unit in the Office of Student Financial Services selects the recipient. 


institute for social research scholarship

This award will go to the full-time continuing undergraduate student majoring in sociology, psychology, political science, geography, economics or anthropology, who has achieved the highest grade point average on a minimum of 5 full courses - at least one of which is in the major- completed in the previous Fall/Winter.  A committee within the Scholarships and Bursaries Unit in the Office of Student Financial Services selects the recipient. 

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Update Your Email Address / Course Evaluations


All students are assigned a York University e-mail address. However, since many students use an alternate address through a portal such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Excite, or a private ISP, you must update your e-mail address on the Registrars Office website.

Please be sure to update your personal records, (ie. home address, telephone number, and email) on the Registar's Office Website.

For any question regarding electronic communication, please direct relevant questions to Client Servcies, UIT, Voice: 416-736-5800, Email:

Course Evaluations

At the end of the term, prior to the last two weeks of class, students can provide course feedback to the instructors by completing course evaluations. Students may complete a paper course evaluation or an on-line course evaluation at this website:

The process is entirely confidential. Instructors are not given the course evaluation results and comments until after the Registrar's Office releases the final grades on-line.

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Contact Information


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Towards Graduate Studies


MA Degree Admission Requirements

Graduates with an Honours BA Degree in Anthropology with at least a B+ average in the last two years of study, or its equivalent, may be admitted to the MA program.

For anyone interested in pursuing graduate studies, check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Social Anthropology Graduate Studies websites.

Applying for MA scholarships

Only students, who have at least an A- average in the last two full years of study, and who intend to undertake graduate studies in an Ontario University are eligible to apply.

All York University students must submit their scholarship applications to the Anthropology Graduate Program Office, 2054 Vari Hall by the Program deadline date.

Be sure to order your official transcripts and request references well in advance of this internal deadline.

Each year, the Graduate Program Director and the Department Chair jointly offer a Scholarship Workshop for anyone among our majors thinking about applying for Scholarship and or applying to Graduate School.

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