Department of Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humankind from its beginnings to the present day.  Many disciplines concern themselves with the human, but only anthropology seeks to understand the whole panorama of human existence - in geographic space and evolutionary time - through comparative and holistic study.

The research interests of our full-time faculty members reflect the broad mandate of anthropology as a discipline. We cover the traditional four subfields of anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and socio-cultural anthropology; this includes strengths in forensic anthropology and the anthropology of health.

Did you know?

  • Anthropologists find rewarding careers in governmental and international agencies, business and industry, universities and colleges, and many other areas!
  • The word anthropology is derived from the Greek anthropos ("human") and logia ("study").
  • Nothing human is alien to anthropology!

New! Updated course description for ANT464 H5F - The End of Coal: An Ethnographic Approach (Fall 2017)

Professor Andrea MuehlebachWed. 11am-1pm (Fall 2017 term)

Donald Trump holding a Trump Digs Coal sign“Coal is Dead” is a phrase often heard these days, and yet it is quite emphatically not. The continued relevance of coal became clear for all to see when President Trump made the slogan “Trump Digs Coal” central to his political platform. This class looks at the strange afterlife of coal in order to pose social, historical, and cultural questions about the global transition towards cleaner energies, and should be of interest to students who would like to explore political and environmental anthropology as well as more general questions regarding history, power, labor, masculinity, and social change. View the updated course description.

Undergraduate Advising Drop-in Hours for August 2017

Drop-in undergraduate advising hours will take place in August on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30pm in HSC396.

If you would like to book an appointment at a different time, please send an email to

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ANT335H5F - Anthropology of Gender will feature optional UTM Abroad international learning experience in Tanzania!

Tanzania landscape of trees and grass with mountains in backgroundStudents enrolled in an Anthropology course (Fall 2017 term) will have the opportunity to travel to Tanzania with Professor Sarah Hillewaert to experience the rich cultural landscape and to learn how notions of gender are both locally situated and also shaped by global, religious, and different cultural influences. Funding is available for up to half of the cost of the international component based on financial need.

Visit the UTM International Education Centre's Tanzania - ANT335H5F web page for all the details on the trip, funding, and application process!

Focus in the Anthropology of Health

Visit our Anthropology of Health page for more information on this exciting new focus which emphasizes the effects of cultural and socioeconomic processes on biological and health outcomes in human populations. Open to all students who have the required prerequisites, whether from an Arts or a Science background.

Download our departmental brochure (PDF file).