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  • Photo of Michael Schutz in his MAPLE Lab

    Understanding music sounds could help build a better hearing aid

    An NSERC Discovery grant of $140,000 over 5 years will help Michael Schutz research how humans perceive natural and artificial sounds.

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  • McMaster's New Writer-in-Residence: Christine Pountney

    Meet McMaster’s New Writer-in-Residence

    Join us as we welcome Christine Poutney to McMaster as our new Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence.

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  • David Harris Smith accepting the Early Research Award

    David Harris Smith recognized for Early Researcher Award

    Multimedia & Communication Studies professor David Harris Smith was one of four McMaster professors awarded $140,000 through the Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the government of Ontario.

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  • Michael Egan goes in front of the camera

    History Online: New pathways to discovery

    Three new, completely online History courses are now available to all McMaster students.

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  • Students discuss a group project in the Art of Leadership course

    Learning the ‘Art of Leadership’

    Our new Art of Leadership courses are part of a new initiative to explore how mentoring others can help students build critical leadership skills.

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  • Image of the exterior of the L.R. Wilson Liberal Arts Building

    New Spaces for the Humanities

    Construction on L.R. Wilson Hall and Fitzhenry Studios and Atrium continue. Find out what these new spaces offer to Humanities students and researchers!

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Message From the Dean

Whether you are interested in Humanities because you love to learn about literature, the arts, history, philosophy, linguistics, or languages or because Humanities is an important stepping stone to a successful career in business, law, medicine, art, music, translation, speech pathology or teaching,

Whether you are looking for the skills that will help you manage in the world we live in, or are looking for the skills to help you imagine how the world could be changed,

I welcome you to Humanities at McMaster.

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  • Undergraduate Programs


    Being a critical-thinking humanist in the 21st century means taking leadership, being creative, and a willingness to question everything. Our program gives students the opportunity to explore and discover the academic program that is right for them. While students in Studio Art and Music focus on their subjects right from the start, most of our students build a unique program in their first year that gives them the flexibility to make an informed decision about their academic career path that is right for them.

    Find out more about our Undergraduate programs.

  • Graduate Programs


    We believe that Graduate students are an essential part of a vibrant academic and research atmosphere. Connecting, discovering, leading – Humanities graduate students are prepared for a range of outcomes. Make the right choice for you with Doctoral, Masters, and Graduate Diploma program streams.

    Find out more about our Graduate programs.