The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

York University, Department of Anthropology
4700 Keele St Rm 2054 Vari Hall Toronto ON M3J 1P3 CANADA
Phone+1 416.736.5261
General Description / Special Programs
  • 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.


  • Health, Illness and The Body, Knowledge Systems, Representation, Identity and Performance, Power, Politics and Development
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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered Anthropology (BA) , Anthropology (iBA)Minor in Medical AnthropologyMinor in Advocacy & Public Engagement
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Info Minor/Certificate in Advocacy & Public Engagement Certificate in Culture, Medicine & Health
BA/BS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
MA/MS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements Minimal requirements: honours degree, Social Anthropology, at least a B+ average in the last two years of study; 3 graduate courses and a major research paper.
PhD Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd Requirements Minimal requirements are an MA with at least a B+ average in social anthropology; 2 1/2 courses at PhD level; 2 Comprehensive Papers and a Comprehensive Research Proposal Defense; Dissertation Oral Exam.
Phd Specializations Health, Illness and The Body, Knowledge Systems, Representation, Identity, Performance, Power, Politics, Development
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate: Graduate assistantships and teaching assistantships, research assistantships, International Tuition Fee Waiver, York Scholarship, and various bursaries. Undergraduate: Entrance scholarships.

Program Details
Research Facilities

York Institute for Health Research, Centre for International and Security Studies, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, Centre for Refugee Studies, Centre for Feminist Research, Centre for Human Rights and Equity, York Centre for Asian Research, York's Institute for Behavioural Research (with Survey Research, Computer Programming, and Cross-National Data Bank facilities); Scott Library's Social Science Information Retrieval System. For additional research facilities

Library Resources The Scott Library at York's Keele Campus has an excellent Film Library with a collection of several hundred anthropological films and videos. Access to books in other libraries is easily obtained through Inter-Library Loan and York students can obtain access to, and lending privileges at, the University of Toronto libraries.
Certs Offered 1
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

The Anthropology of Digital Media The Cultures of the Web Race, Racism and Popular Culture

Application Deadlines
Graduate application deadline is around January 15th yearly
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate: Anthropology Student Association (ASA) Graduate: Social Anthropology Graduate Association (SAGA)
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0