Undergraduate Program

We offer a Bachelors (BA), Honours BA, International Honours BA, and a variety of minor, major/minor and double major degree programs.

Anthropology is a discipline that prizes cultural relativity and adaptability. We have a global perspective but insist on analyzing that through the local experiences of people around the world. Studying overseas is an excellent way in which to immerse yourself in a social context that is not your own and to learn the limits of your own cultural point of view. If you are seeking to internationalize your degree you can do so  by studying abroad in our iBA (international BA) program, through the York International Internship Program or, by taking our International Field School in Greece.

We also offer high impact experiential education opportunities such as our Research Methods course (ANTH 3110 Acquiring Research Skills) and a fourth year work placement study (ANTH 4130 The Professional Anthropologist). These courses provide hands-on skills training that lead to innovative careers.

To provide focus to our course offerings, we have organized them in clusters. We offer comprehensive and engaging programs of study focusing on five topical areas. We offer these lists as a means of structuring your program around these interests:

  1. Medical Anthropology
  2. Gender, Health & the Body
  3. Power, Politics & Development
  4. Studies in Culture and Performance
  5. Nature, Science & Religion

Medical Anthropology These courses can be pursued as a minor program. Medical Anthropology provides an anthropological perspective on health and illness processes and the socio-cultural factors that shape the experience of illness, patterns of health and disease, and access to health care services. Medical anthropology uniquely studies both cross-cultural and biomedical systems of healing.

Gender, Health & the Body These courses focus on the social and cultural diversity in gender, sexuality, and healing systems in the global context. Topics covered in these courses include: Disability, Global Health, Mental Health, Food and Nutrition, Medical Systems and Gender & Sexuality.

Power, Politics, & Development Understand the complex social and cultural impacts of alternate political and economic systems across the full expanse of human history.

Studies in Culture and Performance Learn and appreciate how visual and cultural media express ethnicity, racism, gender, and sexuality through public performances.

Nature, Science & Religion What is understood by nature? How is it differentiated from culture? Anthropology contributes to the rethinking of the nature-culture divide in current religious and scientific debates around the world.