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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.

Great Fall Courses!

Looking for some course ideas for the Fall? We have a some great options in our department and the rest of the Social Sciences.

Aug 15, 2018

How cutting-edge archaeology can improve public health

McMaster Anthropology professor and Canada Research Chair, Dr. Megan Brickley, writes about her research on Vitamin D deficiency in past populations and its significance to modern public health.

Jul 21, 2018

New course! The Anthropology of Monsters and Supernatural Beings

Anthropology 3W03 C02 - Special Topics in Anthropology: The Anthropology of Monsters and Supernatural Beings Fall Term 2018 Wednesdays 7:00 - 10:00pm

Jun 13, 2018

Archaeology team in Greece takes over McMaster instagram this week

Watch the McMaster University Instagram account (@McMasterU) this week for updates from the Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project in Greece.

Jun 12, 2018

Unraveling the mystery of the Hawk Mummy

Researcher Andrew Wade from the Department of Anthropology helps shed light on 'hawk' mummy that was really human.

Jun 03, 2018

Congratulations to Tyler Murchie on the Prestigous W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Tyler James Murchie on receiving the W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research from Council Norther Studies Trust!

May 29, 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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