Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

York University recognizes that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.

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 program, you will

  • Acquire unique qualitative research skills that prepare you to analyze major social and political issues.
  • Gain experiential learning opportunities that take you beyond the classroom.
  • Learn important applied skills that allow you to pursue a career in the fields of law, science and technology studies, medicine, education, international development, government, and many more! Read more about what our graduates are doing now!