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Anthropology is engagement with human differences from the perspective of lived experience, past, present and future.

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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University. We have a tradition of outstanding scholarship and teaching in the field of anthropology, and our graduate program has a strong reputation. We combine long-standing commitments to the exploration of archaeological, physical, and cultural aspects of human and social being with expertise in a variety of ethnographic, physical anthropology, and archaeological data collection methods. Please explore our website for information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, our faculty and students, our visiting speakers series, and our research and teaching labs. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Petra Rethmann
Chair, Department of Anthropology

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Undergraduate Program

Anthropologists are no longer found only in far off and exotic locations; they now work in government, private industry, law enforcement, and non-profit organizations, to name just a few.

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. Employers identify critical thinking, communication, and problem solving as the most important skills they look for in university graduates. An Anthropology degree emphasizes these important skills, improves your knowledge about cultural differences, and provides a broad understanding of the experience of being human.

We offer a 4-year Honours BA and a 3-year BA in Anthropology, with a wide-range of courses in Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and the Anthropology of Health. 

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Graduate Program

Graduate study in Anthropology at McMaster is based on the closely matched interests of faculty supervisors and students.

The department has a complement of 17 full-time faculty, along with a number of adjunct faculty and associated members from different departments (e.g., Geography and Earth Sciences, Religious Studies). Our faculty and graduate student research encompasses North America, Indigenous Study, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast and East Asia. The Department offers courses in the following subfields: Archaeology, Biological, Cultural Anthropology and Anthropology of Culture, Health, and Disease. 

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