• Life Sciences: TML
  • Social Science: TMS

Anthropology is the study of human biology and culture and the interaction between the two. At U of T Mississauga, courses are offered in four subfields of anthropology. 

  • Biological Anthropology is the systematic study of humans and their evolution as biological organisms written within the framework of culture. Biological studies include human osteology, human paleontology, human evolution, genetics and adaptation, human growth, primatology and forensic anthropology.
  • Sociocultural Anthropology is the study of humans throughout the world in contemporary cultures: technologies, economies, politics, religion; the inter-relationships of these; and the relationship between culture and environment. 
  • Linguistic Anthropology is concerned with the study of language in its social setting. 
  • Archeology is the study of physical remains resulting from human behaviour (e.g., habitations, tools, food remains) in order to reconstruct and explain human behaviour in the past.

Programs and specializations

Anthropology: Offered as a Minor, Major and Specialist

Why choose U of T Mississauga for Anthropology?

  • Successful upper-year students mentor new students by helping them understand how to gain the most from their lectures and study periods. 
  • Students in second and third years can earn credit doing research with professors on campus through the Research Opportunity Program. 
  • Field courses in Forensic Anthropology and Archeology allow students to apply what they learn in class to data collection and research outside the classroom. 

Affiliated student clubs

UTM Anthropology Society (UTMAS)

What high school preparation do I need?

  • If you are applying to Anthropology through Life Sciences, you will need six Grade 12 U/M courses including: English (ENG4U), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U) and Chemistry (SCH4U).*

  • If you are applying to Anthropology through Social Sciences, you will need six Grade 12 U/M courses including English (ENG4U).*

*This refers to courses from the Ontario curriculum. We will accept equivalent courses from other academic systems. For details, visit

What courses do I take?

First-year Anthropology students take:

  • ANT101H5: Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology
  • ANT102H5: Introduction to Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology

After graduation

Anthropologists are employed as professors in universities, as researchers in museums, in national and international governmental bodies and in business and industry.

More information

Department of Anthropology
Undergraduate Advisor