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  • Welcome Week 2019!

    Welcome to McMaster and welcome to the Faculty of Humanities as we celebrate the arrival of new students to campus! An exciting week of events, academic opportunities, and new experiences awaits!

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  • Image of Air India Flight 182

    Air India anniversary: Who remembers the children killed in Canada’s largest mass murder?

    Artists answer the call to remember the children killed in the bombing of Air India Flight 182.

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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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  • 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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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.