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Anthropologists are not only found 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.

Employers value Anthropology graduates for their critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills, which apply to wide range of employment opportunities.

Anthropologists in the workforce can:

  • Help businesses understand the different ways people use technology

  • Assist 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

Areas of Study

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Culture, Health, & Disease
photo of Sofia Varga

Sofia Varga

Combined Honours English & Cultural Studies and Anthropology, McMaster University2019

“My program provides me with the skills to succeed in any job. You’re able to not only learn about human skeletal biology but actually handle archaeological and non-archaeological remains. You gain a different perspective of society and the world generally and it’s refreshing.”

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.

  • 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

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