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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.

Anthropology Colloquium Series “Towards A Sustainable Approach: Canid Isotopic Dietary Signatures”

Please join us Wednesday October 24, 3:30 – 5:00 pm in KTH 109 for the talk “Towards A Sustainable Approach: Canid Isotopic Dietary Signatures” by Dr. Bonnie Glencross and Dr. Gary Warrick, Wilfrid Laurier University

Oct 11, 2018

New Book: Athapaskan Matriliny and Trade in Canada and Alaska

McMaster Anthropology Alumnus Wayne W. Allen explores Matriliny of Alaskan and Canadian indigenous groups in a new book, “Athapaskan Matriliny and Trade in Canada and Alaska”. Mr. Allen obtained his B.A. and M.A. at McMaster. Book copies are now available online.

Oct 11, 2018

McMaster's Faculty of Social Sciences is turning 50

Join us for a day of discovery as we celebrate 50 years of Social Sciences at McMaster! Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Oct 09, 2018

Wild Nights: Sleep and Human Evolution: A talk by Dr. David Samson, University of Toronto, Mississauga

What does how you sleep have to do with human evolution? Our immune strength, working memory, attention, decision-making, and visual-motor performance all depend on sleep. How then could elders’ insomnia and teenagers’ penchant for staying up late have evolved? Wednesday October 3, 3:30 – 5:00 pm KTH 109 ALL WELCOME!

Oct 02, 2018

Fall Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) information sessions

Come out to learn more about the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA). The USRA provides you with an opportunity to receive funds of $3,500 to cover part-time, research-based activity over the Fall/Winter Terms.

Sep 24, 2018

The First World War and the 'forgotten' 1916 polio epidemic in New Zealand

A talk by Heather Battles, University of Aukland Wednesday, September 19, 3:30-5:30 LR Wilson Hall 1003 ALL WELCOME

Sep 19, 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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