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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

Making knowledge count  

The Department of Anthropology is one of Canada's largest socio-cultural anthropology departments that offers a range of degree options and opportunities at undergraduate and graduate levels. Our internationally recognized professors bring their cutting-edge research to the classroom and guide students to meet their academic and professional goals. We offer courses that cover topics from race and racism, media, religion, health and the body, inequality, migration, environment, to politics and more and provide a strong foundation to pursue diverse career goals.

What makes us unique: 

  • We offer unique training in qualitative research skills that will prepare you to analyze major social and political issues. 
  • We offer specialization through our certificates in Public Anthropology and Medical Anthropology 
  • We offer the opportunity to participate in a placement course that prepares you for a professional career in the fields of law, education, public policy, health, government, advocacy, research, and corporations 
  • We provide skills in critical thinking, reading, research, writing, and communication that are essential for academic and professional success.  

Our program is ranked in the top 100 Anthropology programs in the world, and top 10 in Canada, according to QS Rankings. Our professors have national and international reputations for scholarship, engaged advocacy and excellence in teaching. 

Please read our Land Acknowledgement, which recognizes the unique and enduring relationship of Indigenous people and their traditional territory.

Our department's motto is "making knowledge count." We believe that to make a difference in the world, we must understand, explore, and engage with the issues our society faces. Our new first-year course, "What is it to be human?" incorporates hands-on learning and lays the ground to analyze social relations, norms, practices, beliefs systems that shape our contemporary world. We prepare students to think outside the box, ask difficult questions, read carefully, and write with clarity, the skills that are crucial for pursuing a career in public or private sector, to work as a lawyer, journalist, teacher, or professor. Our professors are dedicated teachers and researchers who work closely with students and mentor them to fulfil their dreams.

— Shubhra Gururani
Associate Professor, Anthropology

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