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Human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts.


Human evolution, variation, and classification especially through measurement and observation.


Social patterns and practices across cultures, how people live, how they organize, govern, and create meaning.

Ancient female skeleton from Troy yields oldest known form of maternal infection

Researchers at McMaster’s Ancient DNA Centre and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have sequenced the complete genomes of two forms of bacteria found in tissue samples dating back to the 13th century. They were collected from a woman, thought to have been about 30-years-old and likely pregnant when she died.

Jan 11, 2017

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Andrew Scherer, Brown University | Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ritual Violence among the Ancient Maya"

Title: "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ritual Violence among the Ancient Maya", Date: Tuesday, Jan.17, Location: DeGroote School of Business (DSB), Room 505, Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

Jan 10, 2017

Neanderthals in a boat? Not such a far-fetched notion after all

Department of Anthropology research bolsters theory that our primitive cousins were more sophisticated than previously thought.

Jan 01, 2017

B.A. Anthropology

The 3-year B.A. program will provide students with a foundation in the field of Anthropology and its main subfields.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Anthropology

The B.A. Honours program will provide students with a developed understanding of the discipline of Anthropology and its main subfields. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, communication, and problem solving, all of which are identified by potential employers as key skills needed for successful employment.

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Minor Minor in Anthropology

The minor in Anthropology provides students in other disciplines the opportunity to learn about anthropological research, cross-cultural differences, and provides a broad understanding of the experience of being human.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Anthropology

The department grants an M.A. in anthropology in the following areas of specialization: Archaeology, Culture, Health and Disease, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology. Students admitted to the M.A. program have the option of doing coursework and then 1) writing a MRP (1-year), or 2) writing a scholarly thesis (2-year) which demonstrates ability to conduct original research.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology

Admission to the doctoral program is very competitive and is based on a consideration of demonstrated scholarly excellence, suitability of research interests, availability of appropriate supervision, and availability of openings. Most successful applicants have sufficient background in their area of specialization within anthropology to benefit from advanced training in the field.

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