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  • Reconciling the truth

    Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh is leading a multi-year project to find out what works and who benefits from reconciliation commissions in countries around the world.

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  • ‘Demos Kratos’ explores democracy and dictatorship

    School of the Art’s Fall Major Production is a dark tale of what happens when all debates, elections, and freedoms are cancelled.

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  • Artwork by Level II Studio Art student Javan Wellum

    Creating an environmentally-responsible art program

    School of the Art’s Judy Major-Girardin is working with colleagues to ensure that McMaster’s BFA program is excellent academically and environmentally.

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  • Humanities instructors are teaching history in new ways

    Live(ly) debates and augmented reality are just two of the ways that professors in the history department are teaching and connecting students to history in new and interesting ways.

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  • Node 9 speaker infront of audience

    Node 9 invites creatives to free workshop

    Daily master classes presented by international artists as well as performances and discussions.

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  • Learning from Bertrand Russell in today’s tumultuous world

    Renowned British academic influenced dozens of different fields of study and remains relevant in today’s turbulent times.

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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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Courses and Program Information

Creating future leaders requires a diverse education experience. That is why we offer a wide variety of required and elective courses to students in our programs and across the university. Find out more about our available courses:


  • 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.