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Department of Anthropology

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Language

Indigenous values, beliefs, and customs of the Cayuga, Mohawk and Ojibwe languages, through the study of written and spoken forms.

Culture

Understanding Indigenous knowledge systems and world views through spirituality, the arts, governance, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Health

Indigenous approaches to health and well-being, including how Canadian health policy impacts Indigenous communities.

Socio-Political

Contemporary Indigenous relations in Canada as expressed through gender, rights, socio-economic policy, and the justice system.

Latest News & Items

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

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 Mush Hole Project

The Indigenous Studies Program, along with The Socrates Project at McMaster University are proud to bring this ground-breaking production to the McMaster community on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7 pm.

Sep 21, 2018

Biidaaban: First Light VR

The Indigenous Studies Program, in partnership with The Socrates Project at McMaster, is proud to present an exhibition of Lisa Jackson's Biidaaban: First Light interactive VR experience. Saturday, October 20, 2018, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sep 21, 2018

Great Fall Courses!

Looking for some course ideas for the Fall? We have a some great options in our department and the rest of the Social Sciences.

Aug 15, 2018

Vanessa Watts and Hayden King reflect on the AFN election

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by Vanessa Watts, Director of Indigenous Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology at McMaster University and Hayden King, Executive Director of Yellowhead Institute at Ryerson University on the "impossible reconciliation" that First Nations citizens faced in the recent election of the Assembly of First Nations.

Jul 31, 2018

Hons.B.A.

Our Indigenous Studies Program brings the richness and depth of Indigenous knowledge and cultures to the classroom. The program, designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, allows students to explore the intellectual traditions of many Indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe of southern Ontario. Students will increase their understanding, awareness, and respect for Indigenous knowledge, spirituality, and social/political experience.

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Hons.B.A.

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B.A.

Students are able to complete a Combined Degree in Indigenous Studies that consists of 30 units of Indigenous Studies courses.

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Minor

Completed using available elective credits from an Honours Degree in another subject.

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