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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.

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Discover our state of the art teaching and research facilities.

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.


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.

Neanderthal seafaring?

New archaeological evidence from Greece suggests that early humans, including Neanderthals, traveled by sea to remote islands.

Apr 30, 2018

SPRING 2018 - ANTHROP 2D03- Available openings!

We have seats available in the Spring 2018 term for: ANTHROP 2D03 – DNA Meets Anthropology

Apr 24, 2018

Anthropology and Indigenous Studies professor, Dawn Martin-Hill, speaks with CBC

Dawn Martin-Hill is interviewed by CBC's Piya Chattopadhyay on why Six Nations communities are still without clean running water.

Apr 23, 2018

Interview with John Colarusso

Anthropology professor, John Colarusso, is profiled in the Hamilton Spectator.

Apr 23, 2018

$1M gift from Victor Koloshuk to support graduate students in Anthropology

Victor Koloshuk and his family were on campus this week for a celebration in recognition of his recent gift of more than $1-million to McMaster’s Department of Anthropology, which brings the Koloshuk family’s combined giving to $1.6-million.

Apr 19, 2018

Anthropology colloquium series: Fear of ontological wolves

Join us for the last Anthropology colloquium of the term, presented by Craig N. Cipolla (Royal Ontario Museum) When: Thursday, March 29th Where: Kenneth Taylor Hall, B104 Time: 3:30-5:00pm

Mar 21, 2018

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 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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