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Department of Anthropology

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Social-Cultural

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

Biological

Human biological diversity, health & disease, past and present.

Archaeology

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

Human teeth carry secrets that tell the story of humanity through its fragile relationship with the sun

Anthropologist Megan Brickley and group of McMaster researchers, including graduate students and staff members, working with colleagues in Quebec and France have recently published findings on Ancient Vitamin D deficiency that is valuable for understanding a health condition that today affects more than 1 billion people worldwide.

May 25, 2017

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Stay Tuned for the 2017-2018 lineup

The colloquium series is normally offered every other Tuesday from 3:30-5:00. A new list of speakers will be posted in the fall!

May 23, 2017

McMaster research helping develop new programs for those struggling with food insecurity

Scholar-in-Community, Tina Moffat (Anthropology), is working with partners at Neighbour 2 Neighbour’s Hamilton Community Food Centre to find ways to assess programs for some of Hamilton’s most vulnerable community members.

Apr 13, 2017

Take a Spring or Summer course in Anthropology!

Take spring and summer courses for interest, to fulfill a requirement, or to ease your workload next year.

Mar 29, 2017

Anthropology Careers Night

Thursday, March 30, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Location: Burke Science Building (BSB) room 137

Mar 28, 2017

B.A. Anthropology

The 3-year BA 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 BA 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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Hons.B.A. Combined Honours in Anthropology and Another Subject

Students graduate with a double major in Anthropology and another subject.

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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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Minor Interdisciplinary Minor in Archaeology

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Archaeology is based on archaeology and archaeology-related courses offered in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, and in the Departments of Classics and Anthropology.

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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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