Ask critical questions about contemporary, past and future social life. You will develop analytical skills required to understand the four major themes of the program including gender, health and the body; nature, science and religion; culture and performance; power, politics and development.
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I've always been fascinated by learning about different cultures across the globe and learning more about myself during my studies. The practice of fieldwork is unique to anthropology and it offers an exciting opportunity to conduct fieldwork both online and in-person to produce an original ethnography. Overall, anthropology at York University has taught me the study of human cultures from many different viewpoints, which will be very useful when I travel to many countries in the future. I am looking forward to what I learned in the classroom, and applying it to the world.
— Xavier Thomas Pineda-Aguirre
4th year Anthropology student
Anthropology is the study of humanity in all its complexity. Through extended field-based research in globally diverse locations, anthropologists explore different cultural practices, beliefs, and social relations. We are interested in understanding what cultures share, how they vary, and how they change over time. In our programs, you will acquire unique qualitative research skills that prepare you to analyze major social and political issues and gain experiential learning opportunities that take you beyond the classroom.