Skip to main content
McMaster University Menu Search


Anthropologists are not only in far off and exotic locations. You can find Anthropologists everywhere; whether it’s government, business, journalism, HR, law enforcement, or non-profit organizations. Culture, technology, society, politics, and history impact so much of our human experience. Anthropologists help us understand these complex relationships which shape our globalized world. Anthropology allows us to understand human diversity across time and space.

Employers value Anthropology graduates. The critical thinking, communication, and problem solving skills learned apply to wide range of employment opportunities.

Examples include:

  • Helping businesses understand the different ways people use technology

  • Assisting major corporations understand relationships between the company, its customers and employees

  • Working with governments and local communities to manage and protect important cultural and historic resources

Focus of Study

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Culture, Health, & Disease
photo of Marissa Ledger

Marissa Ledger

B.A. Honours, Anthropology, BSc Life Sciences, McMaster University2014

Medical Student, University of Alberta

“Life Sciences gave me some of the background I needed for medical school but my degree in Anthropology was most helpful in establishing my interests in medicine and preparing me to be the best doctor I can be. It gave me an appreciation for different cultures and belief systems that I come across frequently and has made it easier for me to work through tough ethical and cultural conflicts within medicine.”

Anthropology Degree Options

To apply to Anthropology, students must successfully complete the Social Sciences Level I program. This includes three units from Anthropology 1AA3 or 1AB3.

Degree Options

  • Honours B.A.
    Level I Grade Point Average of 5.0 (C) including a grade of at least C in one of ANTHROP 1AA3 or 1AB3.

  • Combined Honours B.A. in Anthropology & Another Subject
    Level I Grade Point Average of 5.0 (C) including a grade of at least C in one of ANTHROP 1AA3 or 1AB3. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other B.A. subject.

  • B.A.
    Level I Grade Point Average of 3.5 including a grade of at least C- in one of ANTHROP 1AA3 or 1AB3.


  • Anthropology
  • Interdisciplinary Minor in Archaeology

Anthropology Program Details

Research & Teaching Facilities

Research Labs

  • Archaeological Ceramic & Lithic Materials Research Lab
  • Archaeology & Physical Archaeology Teaching Labs
  • Centre for Integrated Bioarchaeological Research in Health,
  • Diet, Disease & Migration
  • Fisheries Archaeology Research Centre
  • Lab for Interdisciplinary Research on Archaeological Ceramics
  • McMaster Ancient DNA Centre
  • McMaster Archaeological XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) Lab
  • Sustainable Archaeology at McMaster Innovation Park
  • Visual Arts Anthropology Lab at McMaster Innovation Park

Field Schools

Third year Anthropology students have the opportunity to actively participate in research and gain hands on experience in the Archaeological or Bioarchaeological Field Schools.

Build Your Skills

Skills Development

Employers seek out the skills acquired by Anthropology graduates, such as:

  • Theoretical and practical methods for enhancing cross– cultural understanding

  • Ability to analyze root causes of social problems, and work towards solutions with diverse groups of people

  • Knowledge of social research, quantitative methods, qualitative interviewing and fieldwork

  • Experience writing descriptive reports and analytical papers

  • Knowledge of a variety of ethnic groups and cultures

  • Knowledge about biological, ecological, cultural and long-term historical factors which influence human behaviour

Our graduates have been successful at finding interesting and rewarding careers in a range of fields in both the public and private sectors

Examples of career paths include:

  • International Development/Affairs
  • Market Research
  • Forensics Law/Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
  • Communications
  • Humanitarian Efforts
  • Education/Outreach
  • Administration/Management
  • Archaeology Ethnography/Cultural Anthropology
  • Cultural Resource Management (CRM)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Consulting/Organizational Development/Training
  • Health (international/public health)
  • Community Development
  • Advocacy (human rights/social justice)
  • Tourism/Heritage
  • Human/Social Services
  • Healthcare Management/Services/Deliver

Book a Campus Tour