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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.

Anthropology programs at McMaster

As an undergraduate in the Anthropology program, there are many opportunities available to students both on and off campus that are designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities and valuable experience for jobs after university and preparation for graduate studies.

Discover our Programs

Why study anthropology?

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.

Possible careers

State of the Art Research and Teaching Facilities

The department of Anthropology at McMaster boasts state of the art teaching and research facilities with many opportunities for undergraduate students in the program.

Cutting-edge facilities

McMaster Anthropology Society (MAS)

The MAS is a recognized and funded club at McMaster University with the mission to provide anthropology students with opportunities to engage with the anthropological community.  Some of the events the MAS hosts include:

  • Careers Night
  • Graduate School Information Night
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium


Feel free to contact or visit their Facebook Page 




Volunteer Opportunities in Archaeology and Physical Anthropology

Undergraduate students are eligible to volunteer in either the archaeology labs or the physical anthropology labs.  Volunteers work along side faculty and staff learning practical skills in archaeology and/or physical anthropology.  Past volunteer projects include developing a zooarchaeological collection, inventorying artifacts from archaeological sites, and helping to maintain the human skeletal teaching collection. 

For more information on volunteering contact:

Christine Cluney, Instructional Assistant (archaeology lab)

Bonnie Kahlon, Undergraduate Lab Technician (physical anthropology lab)

ASK! Anthropology Skills and Knowledge

ASK! Is a mentor program run by the department's graduate students who volunteer their time to help answer any questions undergraduate students may have about their academic experience.  Graduate students from all fields of anthropology are available to provide information to undergrads on a range of topics from volunteering, to summer jobs, how to get into graduate school, and much more.

Connect with an Anthropology Mentor

Experiential Education

All Social Science students have the opportunity to work with staff in the office of Experiential Education to apply for funds and programs that will provide learning experiences outside of the classroom.

Anthropology students have been awarded Student Experience Grants to fund independent research and conference travel.  Other students have completed internships through Experiential Education by working in anthropology related fields such as professional archaeology, museology, government, and education.

Experiential Education

Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

Undergraduate Student Research Awards are intended to support research partnerships between faculty members and undergraduate students.  The Awards provide undergraduate students an opportunity to receive $6000 to cover 15 weeks of full-time research-based activity over the summer.

Learn more about the USRA program

Field Schools - Training for summer jobs in archaeology

The department offers two field school courses that are ideal for students who are interested in pursing careers in archaeology since it provides all the necessary training to work in professional archaeological consulting.

  • 3CC6 - Archaeological Field School
  • 3BF3 - Bioarchaeological Field School
  • 3GH3 - International Global Health Field Course (Maternal and Infant Health in Morocco)

Many graduates of the field schools have been successful in gaining employment with local professional archaeology firms.

Field Schools

Speaker's Series

Join members from the department to listen to research presented by visiting scholars from other Universities. Everyone, especially undergraduate students are welcome to attend. 


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