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 one of our Study Abroad courses such as the 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 specialization programs in the following areas:
- Public Anthropology
- Medical Anthropology
Public Anthropology can be pursued as a minor or certificate program. Public Anthropology affirms the role of students and scholars as active citizens, community leaders, and partners in empowerment. It draws on the Department’s long-standing strengths in Applied Anthropology, or Public Anthropology as it is more generally known today. This sub-field encourages student activism by offering a critical, cross-cultural perspective on major public issues, and demonstrates how to effect change by drawing on political forces outside the discipline.
Medical Anthropology can be pursued as a minor or certificate 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.