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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.

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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.

Anthropologist-as-interlocutor, or Yes, it’s a Real job: Applied anthropology in a business context

Colloquium: Dr. Tania Ahmad, Head of Human Insights, Idea Couture. Her talk entitled Anthropologist-as-interlocutor, or Yes, it’s a Real job: Applied anthropology in a business context. Nov. 21, 2018 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in L.R. Wilson Hall, room 1003. All Welcome!

Nov 15, 2018

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Dr. Sandra Widmer

"Well-Being for Melanesia": Alternative Indicators, Local Expertise and Women's Pregnancy Care in Vanuatu Dr. Sandra Widmer, Assistant Professor of Anthropology,York University Wednesday November 7, 3:30 – 5:00 pm Wilson Hall, 1003 ALL WELCOME!

Nov 06, 2018

Ancient Roman libation tubes that connected the living to the dead

The practice of “pouring one out” on a grave goes way back. Some Roman graves had a libation tube to deliver wine & food to the deceased according to Associate Professor and Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Tracy Prowse

Nov 05, 2018

How Russians have helped fuel the rise of Germany's far right

The political power of Germany's Russian community is significant, and it's helped fuel the rise of the right-wing, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party known as the AfD says Anthropologist Petra Rethmann, Director of the McMaster Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition.

Nov 01, 2018

Graduation – Student Checklist

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable convocation ceremony for you and your guests, please make certain you complete the following tasks by the appropriate deadlines. If you intend to graduate but will not be attending your ceremony, there are still tasks that must be completed to finalize your graduation.

Oct 29, 2018

New Book- Russia: Anthropological Insights

Dr. Petra Rethmann's new book, Russia: Anthropological Insights, "offers a brief introduction to the anthropological study of Russia. Moving beyond the conceptual iron curtain that has divided past study of Russia into "East" and "West," it situates Russia in a global context and provides readers with all of the necessary analytical tools for understanding the complex cultural and social configurations of the contemporary Russian Federation.

Oct 24, 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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