Anthropology Academic Program Advisor Welcome Video

Notice to students: Because of the continuing pandemic most staff and faculty will continue to work from home during the fall semester.  If you would like to book an appointment with a faculty or staff member (either in person or virtually) please reach out to them by e-mail first to set up a specific day and time.   dated Aug 26, 2021


Welcome Video from the Anthropology Academic Program Advisor

A quick guide to enrolling and navigating your anthropology courses.

Please consult the timetable for the most up to date information.


1. How can I be sure that a course I am planning to take will count towards my degree?

The department is committed to the success of our students by providing an opportunity to take courses at other campuses so that students are able to move through the program successfully. If you are interested in taking courses at another campus and want to confirm that the courses will be counted towards your program, please feel free to contact Brigitte Gonzalez-Shin – Program Coordinator at

2. What if I don’t have the necessary prerequisite(s) for a class I want to take on one of the other campuses?

It is always advisable to complete the prerequisites, as they provide the foundation needed to succeed in your courses. However, under some circumstances, you can ask the instructor for permission to take the course without the prerequisite. The instructor may agree to waive the prerequisite to allow you into the course. If you have any questions please consult with Brigitte Gonzalez-Shin – Program Coordinator at

3. Is there a list of course equivalencies that I can consult?

A list of course equivalencies will be available soon. In the meantime, you can explore specific questions using Transfer Explorer ( Please feel free to consult Brigitte Gonzalez-Shin – Program Coordinator at


Anthropology is the study of humankind, dealing with the origin, development and nature of humans and their culture. As such, it is concerned with human phenomena in the widest possible terms, both biological and cultural. It differs from other social sciences in its comparative and historical approach, and in its intimate links with both the natural sciences and the humanities. Anthropology examines societies today and in the past, both complex civilizations, global and transnational interconnections, and relatively small-scale, non-literate societies. From this vantage point, Anthropology attempts to understand the common factors underlying human existence and the factors that produce social change and differences between people and cultures.

Because of its vast subject matter, Anthropology is traditionally divided into four subject fields: Socio-cultural Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Anthropological Linguistics, and Archaeology. At the present time, University of Toronto Scarborough offers courses within two major streams: Socio-cultural and Evolutionary. Also offered are Linguistic Anthropology courses (linked to the Socio-cultural stream) and Archaeology courses (linked to the Evolutionary stream).

Students intending to complete a program in Anthropology must take ANTA01H3 and ANTA02H3 within their first year in order to prepare them for more advanced courses. Students normally elect whether to pursue the Socio-cultural stream (which leads to a B.A. degree) or the Evolutionary Anthropology stream (which leads to a B.Sc. degree) during their second year of study, but are encouraged to take courses in both streams. All courses in Evolutionary Anthropology carry a science credit.

At a dig site.

Specialist Program in Anthropology (Arts/Science)

The Specialist Program in Anthropology is intended to provide the professionally oriented student with background preparation of sufficient breadth and depth to pursue specialized training at the graduate level.

Major Program in Anthroplogy (Arts & Science)

The major program in Anthropology provides a course structure for those students desiring to expand upon or supplement other areas of academic interest by taking advantage of Anthropology's unique global, chronological, and biological perspective on th

Minor Program in Anthropology (Arts)

The Minor Program in Anthropology provides a course structure for students majoring or specializing in other disciplines who want some directed exposure to anthropological thought.  Anthropology pairs very nicely with a large number of other programs i