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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.

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.

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Bioarchaeology of Human Disease renewed

Megan Brickley of the the Department of Anthropology is one of a handful of Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) who have recently had their chairs advanced or renewed.

Nov 12, 2017

Dental X-rays can reveal vitamin D deficiency

Now, your dentist may be able to detect vitamin D deficiency before it becomes a major problem, according to a recent study. Vitamin D deficiency, a serious but often hidden condition that can now be identified by a simple dental X-ray, McMaster anthropologists Lori D'Ortenzio and Megan Brickley have found.

Nov 07, 2017

$1M gift to attract world’s best and brightest anthropology graduate students

McMaster University’s Department of Anthropology has received a gift of more than $1-million – the largest ever made to the department – to attract and support top tier graduate students in the field of skeletal and physical anthropology.

Nov 07, 2017

McMaster Anthropologists on Donald Trump

Drs. John Colarusso and Andy Roddick weigh in on Donald Trump. Both Anthropology professors have recently published in 'The Conversation' , each with unique perspectives on Trump, his policies, and his legacy. Dr. Roddick is teaching a new course on 'archaeologies of the present' examining the impact of the deep past on the present, archaeological work of the present, with thoughts to the future.

Oct 26, 2017

McMaster experts say Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer

After months of painstaking research and analysis, an international team, including McMaster Anthropology experts, have concluded that Chile’s celebrated Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die from prostate cancer.

Oct 25, 2017

Deadly lead: how lead poisoning affected the Roman Empire

McMaster Anthropology researchers are working with a team of archaeologists from the University of Sheffield to investigate how lead poisoning affected human health in the Roman Empire.

Oct 24, 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, 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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