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Department of Anthropology

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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.

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.

Graduate Programs

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

Research Facilities & Teaching Labs

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Anthropology PhD ranked second in Three Minute Thesis competition

Kaitlin East (PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology) placed second overall in the School of Graduate Studies Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Mar 16, 2018

Mapping a Giant's Genome

Tracing the evolutionary history of elephants and mammoths.

Mar 01, 2018

New Book! Constructions of Time and History in the Pre-Columbian Andes

Congratulations to Associate Professor Andrew Roddick on the publication of his co-edited book.

Feb 26, 2018

2017 SNAP Project

2017 Stelida Naxos Archaeological Project field-team, the fifth season of this Canadian-Greek collaborative project co-directed by Dr. Tristan Carter of the Department of Anthropology.

Feb 02, 2018

DNA analysis of ancient mummy, thought to have smallpox, points to Hepatitis B infection instead

A medieval mummy known for having the earliest case of smallpox actually had hepatitis. Hendrik Poinar from McMaster's Anthropology Department, recently co-led a study with Edward Holmes of the University of Sydney that looks to the past to help understand modern pathogens.

Jan 05, 2018

Drawing on new research methods

McMaster Anthropologist to team up with Bosnian illustrator to investigate new forms of labour activism.

Dec 11, 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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