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  • Image of ruins in Metaponto, Italy

    Modern technology helps piece together a 2,600-year old city

    Dr. Spencer Pope and his team are piecing together the history of a 2,600-year old Greek settlement using GPS, drones and photogrammetry.

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  • Picture of a mosquito

    McMaster philosopher leads principles on genetic manipulation

    Deliberate modifications to mosquitoes can prevent diseases but ethics and guiding principles for greater transparency are critical.

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  • David Gerry photo

    Remembering David Gerry

    David Gerry, a beloved musician, mentor, and teacher has passed away. We remember him for a life of bringing music to the McMaster community and to people around the world.

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  • Photo of Gary Barwin, McMaster's 2017-18 Writer-in-Residence

    Meet McMaster’s 2017-18 Writer-in-Residence

    Gary Barwin is the 2017-18 Mable Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence.

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  • Student actors performing in Women and Servants

    Theatre & Film Students Perform Play Lost for over 400 years

    Lost for 400 years in a library in Madrid, Theatre & Film students are performing the very first English-language performance of Lope De Vega’s Women & Servants in McMaster’s Black Box Theatre.

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  • Professor Lorraine York

    Lorraine York inducted as Fellow of Royal Society of Canada

    English and Cultural Studies Professor awarded Canada’s highest academic honour.

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  • Integrated Business and Humanities students meet for the first time

    McMaster welcomes first-ever Integrated Business and Humanities class

    The program aims to bring some of the sharpest minds to McMaster for a four year program with the cohort selected based on academic standing, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities, volunteerism, and community engagement.

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  • Image of L.R. Wilson Hall in the autumn.

    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.