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  • Two McMaster professors named to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists

    Dr. Chandrima Chakraborty has been named as one of the newest members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists!

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  • McMaster one of the world’s Top 75 universities

    McMaster moves up 5 places and now ranks 72nd in the 2020 Times Higher Education rankings!

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  • Photo of Nilofar Shidmehr

    Meet McMaster’s 2019/20 Writer in Residence

    Nilofar Shidmehr, has been named the 2019/20 Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence and we’re excited to welcome her to the McMaster community!

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  • Canadians’ and Americans’ Twitter language mirrors national stereotypes

    A new study examining differences in the language used in nearly 40-million tweets suggests national stereotypes are reflected on Twitter, even if those stereotypes aren’t necessarily accurate.

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  • A public intellectual in a time of tyranny

    Henry Giroux has delivered more than 250 public lectures. He’s one of the most cited Canadian academics in the humanities. In 2002, he was named one of the top 50 educational thinkers of the modern period.

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  • Pamela Swett is the next dean of humanities

    Pamela Swett, a renowned historian, researcher and accomplished McMaster professor is the next dean of humanities.

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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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Message From the Dean

Humanities students at McMaster create world-class connections that have lasting impacts on their education and their futures. Our cutting-edge teaching and research set up students for success. We celebrate our diversity and take pride in cultivating the most effective and thoughtful leaders of tomorrow, in Canada and around the world.

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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.