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Department of Anthropology

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Graduate Programs

Our anthropological research and graduate training program includes the archaeological, biological, and social cultural subfields.

Undergraduate Programs

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.

Research Facilities & Teaching Labs

Discover our state of the art teaching and research facilities.

Research

What our researchers share in common is a commitment to discovery. Through smart collaboration we are continuously expanding our depth and breadth of knowledge and exploring new ways of contributing to a brighter world.

SSHRC awards Mac Social Sciences researchers over $900,000 in Insight Grants

Eight research projects from McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences have been awarded a total of $903,168 in funding through the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Development Grants.

Jul 17, 2019

The McMaster Community Bee Project is Back!

In 2012, anthropology graduate student and medical physics and applied radiation sciences research associate Brandi MacDonald began a beekeeping educational project. The project is back up and running for research, to help save bees and students can buy this local honey starting in September.

Apr 29, 2019

Social Sciences students recognized with 100 individual awards and scholarships

On behalf of the Faculty of Social Sciences, we wish to extend our warmest congratulations to all of the recipients in our Faculty of Social Sciences academic awards. You, your family and friends should be proud of your accomplishments.

Apr 04, 2019

Social Sciences Career Crawl: February 25 – March 22

A series of career events featuring alumni, profs, workshops, panels & more! Open to all Social Sciences students.

Mar 18, 2019

Lessons learned from broken bones

You don’t need to break your bones to become an expert on ancient injuries. But for Rebecca Gilmour, repeated fractures are part of her enduring fascination with bone trauma.

Feb 26, 2019

Level I students invited to Social Sciences Faculty Showcase

The Faculty of Social Sciences will host its annual Level II Showcase for Level I students on Thursday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the L.R. Wilson Hall Lobby.

Feb 26, 2019

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, Health, Biological, and Socio-Cultural. 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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