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Department of Anthropology

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Discover our state of the art teaching and research facilities.

Graduate Programs

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

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.

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.

New Anthropology Courses for Fall 2017

New courses this fall: Storytelling, Fable, and Song - The Anthropology of Oral Traditions and Archaeological Practice in Ontario - An Introduction to Academic and Consultant Archaeologies

Jul 24, 2017

Anthropology Colloquium Series | Stay Tuned for the 2017-2018 lineup

The colloquium series will be offered on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00, dates to follow. A new list of speakers will be posted in the fall!

Jul 12, 2017

Death: A Part of Life

Anthropology and Religious Studies professor Ellen Badone in a panel discussion on CHML's Bill Kelly Show in their series on Death: A Part of Life which is being produced in partnership with the Bob Kemp Hospice.

Jun 20, 2017

SNAP! Follow Dr. Tristan Carter's crew in Naxos Greece

Some very interesting things are coming out of this early (260,000 year old!) prehistoric stone tool manufacturing site. Follow them this summer on their blog, Facebook page, or on YouTube

Jun 19, 2017

One anthropology student’s 36-year journey to graduation

In 1981, Paula Turner, with no money and no support system, was forced to leave university. Today, she will walk across McMaster’s convocation stage to receive her degree in anthropology, completing a journey that began 36 years ago.

Jun 14, 2017

Postdoctoral researcher Ana Duggan among Canada's brightest young scholars

Postdoctoral Ana Duggan receives prestigious Banting Fellow for her project "The history of the aboriginal people of Newfoundland and Labrador"

Jun 02, 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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