Admission Requirements

Anthropology examines human biological, social, and cultural development. There are three areas of research: archaeology, evolutionary anthropology, and social and cultural anthropology. Archaeology studies surviving evidence of people’s activities in the past. Evolutionary anthropology is the study of the biological diversity of humans, the history of this diversity, and the biological relationships between humans and non-human primates. Social and cultural anthropology examines aspects of complex societies such as peasantry, ethnic minorities, and industrial work groupings.

Admission to the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto is competitive. Admission requirements may vary depending on your educational background or academic institution of origin. Specific information about admission requirements can be found on the Faculty of Arts & Science website.

Anthropology, Undergraduate – Admission Information

  • Honours Bachelor of Science Program
    • Apply to the Life Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
    • Senior high school Biology and Chemistry are required preparation for first-year courses
    • Senior high school Physics is recommended
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs
    • Apply to the Social Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits

Honours Bachelor of Science Programs

  • Anthropology (Evolutionary) (major)

Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • Anthropology (General) (major and minor options)
  • Anthropology (Society, Culture and Language) (specialist and major options)
  • Environmental Anthropology (minor option)

First-Year Courses

  • ANT 100Y1 – Introduction to Anthropology

Advice for First Year

  • Anthropology (General): students should take ANT 100Y1 and the appropriate introductory second-year courses in first or second year.
  • Anthropology (Evolutionary): students should take BIO120H1, ANT100Y1 or BIO 220H1 (If BIO 220H1 is taken, students must take an additional 0.5 FCE in ANT). ANT 203Y1 could be taken in either first or second year.
  • Anthropology (Society, Culture and Language) specialist: students should take ANT 204H1 – Anthropology in the Contemporary World and ANT 207H1 Core Concepts in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology (Society, Culture and Language) major: students should take ANT 207H1 – Core Concepts in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Note that ANT 203Y1, ANT 204H1, and ANT 253H1 – Language and Society are introductory courses offered at the second-year level, and one or more could be taken in first year.

Archaeology, Undergraduate – Admission Information

  • Apply to the Social Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits

Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • Archaeology (specialist, major and minor options)

First-Year Courses

  • ANT 100Y1 – Introduction to Anthropology

Advice for First Year

Students who plan to pursue any archaeology program should take ANT 100Y1 and ANT 200Y1 – Introduction to Archaeology, with the latter course being taken in either first or second year.

  • Archaeology (specialist): students should take ANT 200Y1 in first year and either ANT 100Y1 or CLA 160H1 – Introduction to Classical Studies
  • Archaeology (major): students should take ANT 200Y1 in first year and either ANT 100Y1 or CLA 160H1 – Introduction to Classical Studies
  • Archaeology (minor): students should take ANT 200Y1 in first year