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Why Humanities at McMaster?

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At McMaster we believe in providing our students with an academically rich and rigorous education that prepares them for careers after graduation, and for lifelong learning. In Humanities, you will learn critical thinking, communication and reasoning skills that are essential for today’s global ‘knowledge society’.

Experiential Education
Humanities students build skills that are adaptable and applicable inside and outside the classroom. Applied Humanities, independent study and internship courses allow students to gain real-world experience through the practical application of classroom learning.

A few examples include:

  • Communication Studies – Practical Aspects of Media Production
  • Cognitive Science – Speech Language Pathology Practicum
  • Classics – Field Practicum in Classical Archaeology
  • History – History Practicum
  • Linguistics – TESL Practicum
  • Peace Studies – Practical Peace Building
  • Theatre & Film – Performance and Community Outreach

Two unique upper year courses, HUMAN 3CL3 Community Leadership at McMaster and HUMAN 3LM3 The Art of Leadership: Mentorship, allow students to further develop leadership skills, gaining experience mentoring McMaster students in a variety of positions; for example, peer-to-peer mentoring of first year undergraduate students, either in Humanities or in the McMaster English Language Development (MELD) program for international students whose first language is not English.Students receive training during the Teaching & Learning Forum in early September and position-specific training from position supervisors.

Specialized Minor in Commerce
This fantastic new opportunity has been created through a special partnership between McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business and the Faculty of Humanities. It allows single honours students in English, Art History, Classics, Communication Studies, English, French, History, Linguistics, Multimedia, Philosophy, or Theatre & Film Studies to complement their studies with a Specialized minor in Commerce (39 units of study). Students gain an indpeth knowledge of business along with their humanities degree and those successfully completing the Specialized Minor can completed a DeGroote MBA in one year instead of two. Details

Exchange Opportunities
Humanities students in honours programs are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the amazing opportunity an academic exchange gives to broaden their horizons while continuing to study towards their McMaster degrees. Students can study for all or part of their third year at one of our more than 20 partner universities around the world.There are also many international summer school opportunities for students in any Level of their degree. Find out more on our Study Abroad web site.