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. Courses in this cluster include:

  • 2330 6.0 Anthropology and Infectious Diseases: An Exploration of the Social Networks of Microbes
  • 3050 3.0 Disabling Lives: Anthropological Interpretations
  • 3080 6.0 Modes of Enablement: A Cultural Perspective on Physical Disability
  • 3190 3.0 Food, Eating and Nutrition in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • 3200 3.0 The Anthropology of International Health
  • 3280 6.0 Anthropology and Psychiatry in Global Context
  • 3330 6.0 Health & Illness in Cross-Cultural Perspective: An Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • 4160 3.0 Anthropology and Indigenous People's Health
  • 4330 3.0 Critical Issues in Medical Anthropology
  • 4430 6.0 The Anthropology of Reproduction, Personhood & Citizenship

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. Courses in this cluster include:

  • 2170 6.0 Sex, Gender and the Body: Cross-Cultural Approaches to the Body, Gender, Sexuality & Kinship
  • 3160 6.0 Sex, Love & Marriage: Cross Cultural Approaches to Kinship
  • 3230 6.0 Women, Culture & Society
  • 3240 6.0 Sexing the Subject: Sexuality from a Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • 4120 3.0 Reconceiving Kinship: Anthropological Perspectives on Relatedness
  • 4420 3.0 The Gendered Politics of War
  • 4430 6.0 The Anthropology of Reproduction, Personhood & Citizenship
  • 4440 3.0 Towards an Anthropology of Masculinities

Power, Politics, & Development Understand the complex social and cultural impacts of alternate political and economic systems across the full expanse of human history. Topics covered in these courses include:  Political Economy, (Post) Colonialism, Economics, Nationalism, Diaspora and Trans-nationalism, Policy, Advocacy & Social Movements.

  • 2100 6.0 Global Capitalism, Culture and Conflict
  • 3030 3.0 Discourses of Colonialism
  • 3120 6.0 The Anthropology of Tourism
  • 3210 6.0 Public Anthropology
  • 3220 6.0 Greed, Globalization & the Gift: The Culture(s) of Capitalism
  • 3370 3.0 Power & Violence: The Making of Modernity
  • 3400 6.0 The Politics of Recognition: Citizenship and Civil Society
  • 3410 6.0 Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism: Us and Them
  • 3420 6.0 Indigenous Peoples & Indigenous Rights
  • 3600 3.0 The Anthropology of Industrial Work in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • 3630 3.0 The Anthropology of Illicit Networks: Migration, Transnationalism and Informal Economies
  • 4270 3.0 Imagined Societies: An Anthropology of Nations Without Boundaries
  • 4340 6.0 Advocacy & Social Movements
  • 4410 3.0 The Anthropology of Human Rights
  • 4420 3.0 The Gendered Politics of War

Studies in Culture and Performance Learn and appreciate how visual and cultural media express ethnicity, racism, gender, and sexuality through public performances. Topics covered in these courses include:   Public Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Media, Visual Culture, Tourism.

  • 2120 6.0 Visualizing Ourselves, Visualizing Others: Media, Representation & Culture
  • 3020 6.0 Race, Racism & Popular Culture
  • 3040 6.0 The Anthropology of Digital Media and Visual Representation
  • 3350 6.0 Culture as Performance: The Anthropology of the Arts
  • 3560 6.0 Anthropology of the Senses
  • 4220 6.0 The Cultures of the Web
  • 4350 3.0 Perspectives in Visual Anthropology

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. Topics covered in these courses include:  Science, Technology, Religion, Nature, Environments

  • 2200 6.0 Anthropology of Religion and Science
  • 3320 6.0 Religious Ritual and Symbolism
  • 3560 6.0 Anthropology of the Senses
  • 3570 6.0 Anthropology, Islam & Muslim Societies
  • 4240 3.0 Nature, Politics & Difference: Anthropology of Social/Natures
  • 4250 6.0 Religious Movements in Global Perspective
  • 4450 3.0 Anthropology of the City
  • 4560 6.0 The Anthropology of Science & Technology