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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.

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.

Anthropologists are no longer found only in far off and exotic locations; they now work in government, private industry, law enforcement, and non-profit organizations, to name just a few. The unique skills and perspectives that an Anthropology degree provides is an understanding about how we are all shaped by the cultural, social, political, and historical contexts in which we live. Employers identify critical thinking, communication, and problem solving as the most important skills they look for in university graduates. An Anthropology degree emphasizes these important skills, improves your knowledge about cultural differences, and provides a broad understanding of the experience of being human.

By the end of the program students will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • implement the self-directed exploration of anthropological methods
  • demonstrate enhanced collaboration skills
  • communicate research to a professional or public audience
  • articulate new perspectives on anthropological themes

120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units

from

  • the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program.
  • (See Admission above.)

9 units

  • ANTHROP 2E03 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANTHROP 2F03 - Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTHROP 2PA3 - Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology

3 units

from

  • ANTHROP 2D03 - DNA Meets Anthropology
  • ANTHROP 2FF3 - Human Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology
  • ANTHROP 3CA3 - Ceramic Analysis
  • ANTHROP 3H03 - Anthropological Demography
  • ANTHROP 3K03 - Archaeological Interpretation
  • ANTHROP 3LA3 - Lithics Analysis
  • ANTHROP 3P03 - Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTHROP 3PP3 - Paleopathology
  • ANTHROP 3R03 - DNA, Ancestry and Migration
  • ANTHROP 3X03 - Zooarchaeology

24 units

  • Levels II, III or IV Anthropology

3 units

  • ANTHROP 3PD3 - Anthropological Perspectives and Debates

3 units

  • SOCSCI 2J03 - Introduction to Statistics

12 units

  • Level IV Anthropology

36 units

  • Electives, of which at least six units must be taken from outside of Anthropology

Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including an average of a least 5.0 in six units from ANTHROP 1AA3 and 1AB3 (for students registered prior to to 2012, ANTHROP 1Z03, 1B03, and 1Z03 can be used). For continuation in the program, see the section on Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations.

THE RUTH LANDES PRIZE was established in 1982 in honour of Professor Ruth Landes for her outstanding contributions to the Department of Anthropology. To be awarded to a graduating student in a program in Anthropology who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. There is no need to apply for this award
Value: $100

There are numerous awards offered by the office of student financial aid and scholarships. See the links below for those eligible to Anthropology majors or look at the following website:http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/scholarshipinfo.html 

Beale-Lincoln-Hall Scholarship - Participation in formal exchange program

John P. Evans Travel Scholarship - Interest in Asian language or culture

Susan Vajoczki Legacy Travel Scholarship - pursuing research in pedagogy or earth sciences and travel

Howard P. Whidden Scholarship - French summer travel to Quebec

There are also a number of external awards available: http://sfas.mcmaster.ca/external_awards.html

Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.

Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.

Academic Advising

The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.

An academic advisor can assist you with:

  • Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
  • Program selection, application and changes
  • Studying abroad
  • Transfer credits
  • Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
  • Appeals procedures
  • Referral to other campus services

Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.

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For more information:
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Undergraduate Program
CNH-524
905-525-9140 ext.24423
anthdep@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 Years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including an average of a least 5.0 in six units from ANTHROP 1AA3 and 1AB3 (for students registered prior to to 2012, ANTHROP 1Z03, 1B03, and 1Z03 can be used). For continuation in the program, see the section on Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations.
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September