Anthropology

Pursue Undergraduate Program in

Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of different societies around the world — their origins, development and cultural similarities and differences. 

Using the theories and methods of anthropology we explore how people in the world are subjected to, participate in and contest the processes of living in a world that is interconnected by new and powerful economic, cultural and technological forces.

Our program is ranked in the top 100 Anthropology programs in the world, and top 10 in Canada, according to QS Rankings, 2016. With 15 faculty members and eight affiliates, we are one of the largest socio-cultural Anthropology departments in Canada. We offer a comprehensive and engaging program of study with a large selection of course offerings. 

We offer a major program, as well as minors/certificates in Medical Anthropology and Advocacy & Public Engagement Training. Our programs focus on experiential education with a capstone placement course.  Our courses explore a wide variety of topics such as:

  • development and the environment
  • media and popular culture
  • health
  • illness and disability
  • gender and sexualities
  • tourism
  • religion and science
  • diasporic communities and displaced peoples
  • violence and conflict
  • the colonial process

Other courses focus on processes of change in the prehistoric and historic past. Our overall goal is to prepare you to ask questions about contemporary, past and future social life and to provide you with the critical analytic tools to understand our place in the social and cultural diversity of the world, past and present.

Our faculty members have national and international reputations for scholarship, engaged advocacy and excellence in teaching.

Our program offers an intensive emphasis on experiential education with a focus on Advocacy and Public Engagement; and includes a fourth year work placement option. Learn the critical research and writing skills that will make you an effective advocate in business, non-governmental advocacy agencies, and in government policy.

Questions?

Contact us at goyork@yorku.ca 


Program Details


Offered By

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Degrees Offered

BA, iBA

Fall Entry

Yes

Winter Entry

Yes

Summer Entry

Yes

Ways to Study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Possible Career Paths

  • development officer
  • foreign affairs worker
  • educator
  • human resources specialist
  • market researcher
Explore what you can do with your degree
Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

BA

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

      iBA

      Requirements for admission:
    • Alberta High School Diploma
    • ELA30-1 or English 30
    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

        BA

        Requirements for admission:
      • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
      • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

          iBA

          Requirements for admission:
        • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
        • And four additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

            BA

            Requirements for admission:
          • Baccalauréat Général
              • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
              Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

              iBA

              Requirements for admission:
            • Baccalauréat Général
                • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                BA

                Requirements for admission:
              • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                  iBA

                  Requirements for admission:
                • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
                  • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
                  • Some programs require a higher GPA.
                  • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                    BA

                    Requirements for admission:
                  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                      • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                      iBA

                      Requirements for admission:
                    • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
                      • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
                        • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                        BA

                        Requirements for admission:
                      • One year of CEGEP
                      • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                      • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                          • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                          To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                          iBA

                          Requirements for admission:
                        • One year of CEGEP
                        • 2 semesters of English/anglais
                        • And ten additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted)
                            • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
                            To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                            BA

                            Requirements for admission:
                          • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                            • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                              iBA

                              Requirements for admission:
                            • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                BA

                                Requirements for admission:
                              • Lise Diplomasi
                                • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                  iBA

                                  Requirements for admission:
                                • Lise Diplomasi
                                  • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                    BA

                                    Requirements for admission:
                                  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                      • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                      To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.
                                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                      iBA

                                      Requirements for admission:
                                    • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
                                        • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                        To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.
                                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                        BA

                                        Requirements for admission:
                                      • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                        • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.
                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                          iBA

                                          Requirements for admission:
                                        • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
                                          • To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.
                                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                            BA

                                            Requirements for admission:
                                          • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                            • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                              • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                              To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.
                                              Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                              iBA

                                              Requirements for admission:
                                            • International Baccalaureate Diploma
                                              • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
                                                • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.
                                                Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                BA

                                                Requirements for admission:
                                              • Completion of one of the following:
                                                • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                  iBA

                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                • Completion of one of the following:
                                                  • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
                                                  • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
                                                  • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
                                                  • Intermediate Examination Certificate
                                                  • Pre-University Examination Certificate
                                                  • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                    BA

                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                  • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                  • English 40S
                                                  • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                      iBA

                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                    • Manitoba High School Diploma
                                                    • English 40S
                                                    • And four additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level)
                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                        BA

                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                      • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                      • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                      • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                          iBA

                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                        • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
                                                        • English 120, 121 or 122
                                                        • And five additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122)
                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                            BA

                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                          • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                          • English 3201
                                                          • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                              Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                              iBA

                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                            • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
                                                            • English 3201
                                                            • And nine additional credits at the 3000 level
                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                BA

                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                              • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                              • English 12
                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                  Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                  iBA

                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                • English 12
                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (university preparatory academic or advanced)
                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                    Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                    BA

                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                  • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                  • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                      iBA

                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                    • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                    • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                    • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                        BA

                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                      • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                      • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                      • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                          iBA

                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                        • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
                                                                        • ELA30-1 or English 30
                                                                        • And four additional academic courses numbered 30 or 31
                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                            BA

                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                          • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                          • ENG4U
                                                                          • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                            • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                              OUAC code YRB
                                                                              Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                              iBA

                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                            • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
                                                                            • ENG4U
                                                                            • And five additional 4U or M courses
                                                                              • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                OUAC code YRB
                                                                                Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                BA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                iBA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
                                                                              • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                BA

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                iBA

                                                                                To be considered a mature student, you must:
                                                                              • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
                                                                              • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
                                                                              • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
                                                                              • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                BA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Applicants to Honours-level program: Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Applicants to Bachelor-level program: Overall average of 2.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                iBA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
                                                                              • Applicants to Honours-level program: Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Applicants to Bachelor-level program: Overall average of 2.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                BA

                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                              • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                              • English 621
                                                                              • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                  Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                  iBA

                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
                                                                                • English 621
                                                                                • And four additional Grade 12 academic subjects (numbered 611 or 621)
                                                                                  • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                    Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                    BA

                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                  • Grade 12 English
                                                                                  • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                    • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                      Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                      iBA

                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                    • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
                                                                                    • Grade 12 English
                                                                                    • And five additional academic (university preparation level) subjects
                                                                                      • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                        Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                        BA

                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                      • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                      • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                          iBA

                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                        • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
                                                                                        • English A30 and English B30
                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 academic subjects numbered 30
                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                            Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                            BA

                                                                                            Requirements for admission:
                                                                                          • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                            • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                              iBA

                                                                                              Requirements for admission:
                                                                                            • General Secondary Education Certificate
                                                                                              • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                BA

                                                                                                Requirements for admission:
                                                                                              • High School Diploma
                                                                                                  • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                                                                  Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                  iBA

                                                                                                  Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                • High School Diploma
                                                                                                    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
                                                                                                    Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                    BA

                                                                                                    Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                    • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                      iBA

                                                                                                      Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                    • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
                                                                                                      • Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                        BA

                                                                                                        Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                      • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                      • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                        • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.
                                                                                                          Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

                                                                                                          iBA

                                                                                                          Requirements for admission:
                                                                                                        • Yukon High School Diploma
                                                                                                        • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
                                                                                                        • And three additional Grade 12 Academic subjects
                                                                                                          • To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the mid-70s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 72.