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Bachelor of Arts / Honours Bachelor of Arts / Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in:

  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Cognitive Science of Language
  • Communication Studies
  • English and Cultural Studies
  • French
  • History
  • Justice, Political Philosophy and Law
  • Linguistics
  • Multimedia
  • Peace Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre & Film Studies

Specialized Minor in Commerce

A special partnership with McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business 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).

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

In our Humanities disciplines, we focus on values, on developing persuasive and rational arguments, on communicating complex and challenging ideas, on collaboration, on creativity, and on critical and constructive thinking. We give you the skills to prepare you for a career, not a job, to prepare you for life as an active community citizen, not as a passive voter. Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in a wide range of fields, including:

  • advertising
  • art council administrators
  • arts and business management
  • business
  • broadcast media
  • conservators
  • communications
  • computer interface design
  • curators and gallery directors
  • civil and foreign service
  • computer industry
  • corporate, governmental and multicultural researchers
  • drama therapy
  • digital animation
  • diplomacy
  • electronic publication
  • foreign service
  • human resources
  • government
  • hospital ethics
  • international trade and tourism
  • intelligence
  • instructional technology
  • journalism
  • law
  • language processing/computing
  • marketing
  • medicine
  • museums (as curators and conservators)
  • multimedia design
  • publishing
  • public relations
  • performance
  • psychological sciences
  • software development
  • sales
  • social work
  • speech language pathology
  • speech pathology
  • teaching (in schools and universities)
  • travel industry
  • technical writing
  • speech therapy
  • translating and interpreting
  • web development
  • visual arts and graphic design

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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.

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 a.m.
CLASSICS 1M03

History of Greece and Rome (Tutorial)

9:30 a.m.
POLI SCI 1G06

Politics and Government (Lecture)

FRENCH 1A06

Introduction to French Studies (Seminar)

FRENCH 1A06

Introduction to French Studies (Seminar)

POLI SCI 1G06

Politics and Government (Lecture)

FRENCH 1A06

Introduction to French Studies (Seminar)

10:30 a.m.
MMEDIA 1A03

Multimedia and Digital Society (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
POLI SCI 1G06

Politics and Government (Tutorial)

MMEDIA 1A03

Multimedia and Digital Society (Tutorial)

PHILOS 1B03

Philosophy, Law, and Society (Tutorial)

12:30 p.m.
MMEDIA 1A03

Multimedia and Digital Society (Lecture)

HUMAN 1VV3

Voice and Vision: Words to Change the World (Lecture)

FRENCH 1A06

Introduction to French Studies (Tutorial)

1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
PHILOS 1B03

Philosophy, Law, and Society (Lecture)

CLASSICS 1M03

History of Greece and Rome (Lecture)

PHILOS 1B03

Philosophy, Law, and Society (Lecture)

CLASSICS 1M03

History of Greece and Rome (Lecture)

3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
  • McMaster Museum of Art
  • Language Memory and Brain Lab
  • Classics Library
  • Mills Memorial Library
  • Bertrand Russell Archive
  • McArthur Multimedia Wing
  • N.L. Wilson Library
  • McMaster Performance Lab
  • Robinson Memorial Theatre

Profiles & Alumni


Scott Bynoe
Communication Studies & Multimedia Graduate
Mary Clements
French & Music Graduate
Deana Saumanac
Comparative Literature & History
Pamela Carson
Fine Art & French Graduate
Luke O’Reilly
Communication Studies Graduate
Decon Curran
Linguistics & Psychology Graduate
Study Multimedia
Ben Barrett-Forrest
Study Justice, Political Philosophy, and Law
Ashlynn Whalley
Study English and Cultural Studies
Rawan Omar
Cognitive Science of Language
Kristi Kwan
Study English and Philosophy
Samantha Sargeant
Study Communication Studies
Cassandra D'Ambrosio
Study History
Ramneek Sodhi