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Faculty of Humanities


Faculty of Humanities Humanities In Humanities, you will acquire the critical thinking, communication and reasoning skills that are essential in today’s global “knowledge society.” Our faculty members are outstanding teachers and dedicated scholars on the cutting edge of their disciplines. With their guidance, you will discover the cultures, traditions and languages of other peoples, places and times; achieve an understanding of how and why aspects of our society developed the way they did; realize your artistic and creative talents; and develop the ability to analyze problems and come up with imaginative solutions.

Music Our direct-entry Music I Program is offered through the School of the Arts. Four degree programs are available as well as a Diploma in Music Performance for both Music and non-Music students. For details refer to page 21.

Art Our direct-entry Studio Art I Program is offered through the School of the Arts, and leads to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours) program in Studio Art. For details refer to page 26.

At McMaster, we believe in providing an academically rich and rigorous education that prepares our students for careers after graduation and for lifelong learning.


Level I Program

Applied Humanities Courses

Students entering the Faculty of Humanities take a general first-year program – Humanities I.

Upper-level students in the Faculty of Humanities have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by applying academic skills to practical areas outside the classroom. With the approval of the Associate Dean, students work with a supervising professor to define learning goals and objectives, then participate in research projects, pedagogy and work placements in fields which interest them and are related to a Humanities discipline.

The Humanities I program offers students an enormous amount of flexibility and a real chance to explore various options in their first year of university. Students in Humanities I can pursue subjects in which they have already developed an interest, as well as trying some they may never have taken before. This provides an excellent base from which to specialize in upper levels.

Level II and Beyond In order to enter a degree program in a Humanities subject in Level II, students must complete the required Level I courses (usually three or six units of introductory courses in that discipline). Students who graduate from the Faculty of Humanities receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Three different kinds of degree are offered: Single Honours – Students specialize in one discipline. A Single Honours degree requires the equivalent of three years of full-time study beyond Level I. Combined Honours – Students specialize in two disciplines. They can combine two Humanities subjects (e.g. French and History) or one Humanities subject and one from Social Sciences (e.g. English and Political Science). A Combined Honours degree requires the equivalent of three years of full-time study beyond Level I. B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) – Students usually specialize in one discipline. A B.A. degree requires the equivalent of two years of full-time study beyond Level I. Minors All degree programs are made up of required and elective courses. Students registered in Single or Combined Honours programs who choose to concentrate their electives in a specific subject area, may also be able to declare a minor. Minors require 24 units of study and are possible in most subjects, including some where no stand-alone program exists, such as archaeology, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German and women’s studies.

Humanities Career Services When it comes to life after graduation, your options are almost limitless. A Humanities degree will equip you to excel in areas such as research, communication and critical thinking - skills which can be applied to and are essential for a wide range of professions. Career exploration is an important part of your university experience. Humanities Career Services offers help and guidance, with events like Job Shadow Week and Networking Breakfasts, individual counselling and special opportunities, such as the Faculty’s Geneva Internship Program. In the past eight years, the Geneva Internship Program has placed over 30 students on year-long assignments with Human Rights organizations in Switzerland.

In some recent Applied Humanities courses, students have gained experience as the following: curatorial intern at the McMaster Museum of Art archival researcher conference organizer public relations intern.

Studying Abroad One of the goals of a Humanities education is to increase global awareness. For many students, participating in an exchange program is one of the most exciting ways to do this. The exchange program allows students to spend all or part of their third year studying at universities in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Each year, the Faculty of Humanities awards travel scholarships of up to $5,000 to selected students participating in a university exchange. In addition to exchanges, students are able to tailor their own study abroad programs at accredited institutions anywhere in the world. Typical experiences include summer language programs in Europe or Latin America, a semester in Israel or an entire year spent at an English-language university in Thailand.

Undergraduate Student Research Awards McMaster Undergraduate Student Research Awards provide qualified students in the Faculty of Humanities with $6000 to cover 15 weeks of full-time research-based activity in the summer. Recent winners have explored many diverse topics, including language and memory, water sustainability, and body, self esteem and the media.


Level I Program Total = 30 units Required: 12 units (from the Faculty of Humanities) Electives: 18 units (from Humanities or other Faculties) Note: The unit value of a particular course is indicated by the last digit of the course code (e.g. 1A03 = 3 units)

Level I Course Descriptions Art History 1A03

Chinese 1KK3

Introduction to the Study of Art

Intensive Review of Chinese for Dialect Speakers II

Students are introduced to the visual arts through a consideration of principles and elements of painting, sculpture and architecture, and a discussion of various genres.

An intensive course in Mandarin Chinese designed for students who already have a background in the language but who need special practice in reading and writing Chinese according to the Pinyin system and simplified characters.

Art History 1AA3 Introduction to the History of Art A brief overview of the Western artistic tradition as embodied in the history of painting, sculpture and architecture.

Beginner’s Intensive Language Courses

Classics 1A03 Introduction to Classical Archaeology A study of the history and methodology of Greek and Roman archaeology, illustrated with materials from excavated sites.

French 1Z06*

Classics 1B03

Chinese (Mandarin) 1Z06

An Introduction to Ancient Myth and Literature

Chinese (Mandarin) 1ZZ6 **

This course is designed for all those interested in the legends and literature of Greece and Rome, the cornerstones of Western civilization. Students will study the nature of mythology and explore the major Classical myths and legends. Works by authors such as Virgil and Homer, as well as Greek tragedies, will be read in English translation.

German 1Z06 Italian 1Z06 Japanese 1Z06 Polish 1Z03, 1ZZ3 Russian 1Z03, 1ZZ3 Spanish 1Z06 Each course is designed specifically for students with no prior knowledge of a given language. Students will learn to speak the language using basic structures and vocabulary and will gain an appreciation of the people and cultures in the countries where the language is spoken. At the end of the course, students will be able to communicate confidently in everyday situations. * French 1Z06 – for students with no French or with Grade 9 or 10 French. ** Chinese 1ZZ6 – for students who understand a Chinese dialect, Standard Chinese or who have proficiency in Chinese script.

Chinese 1K03 Intensive Review of Chinese for Dialect Speakers I An intensive course in Mandarin Chinese designed for students who already have a background in the language, but who need special practice in listening and speaking according to the Pinyin system.


Classics 1M03 History of Greece and Rome Students are introduced to the history of Greece and Rome from the bronze age to the fall of Rome, based on literary, documentary and archaeological evidence.

Communication Studies 1A03 Introduction to Communication This course presents the practical and fundamental concepts of communication studies. The effects of language, artistic productions, mass media and the Internet on social and cultural practices will be examined.

Cultural Studies & Critical Theory 1CS3 Studying Culture: A Critical Introduction This course offers a detailed introduction to the fields of cultural studies and critical theory from both a cultural and historical perspective. Students examine cultural institutions, popular cultural genres and practices of everyday life (shopping, sports, eating, etc.), paying particular attention to the way in which culture reflects and shapes processes of industrialization, colonialism and globalization.

English 1A03

German 1B03

Literature in English: Shorter Genres

Intermediate German I

This course is an introduction to the study of literature in its shorter forms (poetry, essays and short stories). Students will be introduced to the elements of various genres and to a variety of interpretive approaches. Considerable emphasis will be placed on the development of critical skills in reading and writing, with tutorials serving as workshops for the discussion of literary texts and writing skills.

A course for students with Grade 12 U/M German or equivalent, designed to further proficiency in spoken and written German while reviewing grammatical structures. Intercultural learning and international awareness are promoted.

English 1AA3 Literature in English: Longer Genres In this course, students will study a selection of longer literary texts (novels and plays). As in English 1A03, questions of interpretive approach will be examined (how do we read, how do our different backgrounds and interests affect the way we respond to any given text?) and the development of critical and writing skills will be emphasized.

German 1BB3 Intermediate German II This course follows on from 1B03, offering integrated and interactive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking. It serves as a foundation for the advanced study of German language and culture, with use of original German materials.

Greek 1Z03 Beginner’s Intensive Ancient Greek I

English 1CS3

A rapid introduction to the basic grammar of Ancient Greek.

Studying Culture: A Critical Introduction

Greek 1ZZ3

(same as Cultural Studies & Critical Theory 1CS3)

English 1C06 A History of English Literature This survey course will offer students a panoramic introduction to the history of English literature from its origins to the present. It will provide a grounding in literary historical periods, genres and critical approaches to works by a wide variety of authors.

French 1A06 Introduction to French Studies: Advanced Level This course presents a review of basic grammatical structures in contemporary French. It allows students to perfect written and oral expression of the language. The study of several modern novels will introduce students to the study of French literature. For students with Grade 12 French U (core, immersion or français).

French 1K06 Intensive Review of French This course offers an intensive review of basic structures and vocabulary to develop proficiency in both oral and written French. It also features a culture component to familiarize students with French-speaking societies on both sides of the Atlantic. For students with Grade 11 French U.

Beginner’s Intensive Ancient Greek II This course continues to study the grammar of Ancient Greek begun in Greek 1Z03 and introduces students to the reading of simple passages from Greek authors.

History 1A03 Europe from the Renaissance to the French Revolution An examination of the main themes and issues of European history from the Renaissance to the French Revolution. Students will be introduced to the principal ideas and events which shaped European society in the pre-modern era.

History 1AA3 Europe since the French Revolution This course examines the social and political developments which transformed the European continent since the French Revolution to the middle of the 20th century. In addition to lectures, students have the opportunity to analyze and discuss documentary evidence in small group settings.


Level I Course Descriptions History 1B03

Latin 1Z03

Global Encounters Before 1900

Beginner’s Intensive Latin I

This course brings together the histories of Europe, Africa and the Americas. Students explore the creation and nature of the Atlantic world from the Columbian encounter in the 15th century into the middle of the 19th century, and the emergence of new political and social organizations. Topics include discoveries, slavery, disease, trade and colonial empires.

A rapid introduction to the grammar of Classical Latin.

History 1BB3 Global History in the 20th Century Students explore the global interactions of peoples and nations from 1900, when Britain ruled the world, to 2000, when American culture and free market capitalism dominated international politics. Subjects include warfare, human rights, science, technology and social change.

History 1M03 History of Greece and Rome (same as Classics 1M03)

Inquiry 1HU3 Inquiry in the Humanities To inquire is to search for understanding through a process of asking questions and investigating possible answers. In a university context, it is question driven, self-directed research involving both instructor and students. This special course introduces students to the exciting and varied research being carried out in Humanities disciplines. Through the systematic investigation of questions and concepts, along with active participation in discussion and research, students will develop learning skills that will help them throughout their university careers.

Italian 1A03 Intermediate Italian I Designed for students with Grade 12 U/M Italian or equivalent, this course offers an intensive review of certain grammatical structures of Italian and an introduction to composition, together with oral practice.

Italian 1AA3 Intermediate Italian II This continuation of Italian 1A03 offers an intensive review of those grammatical structures not previously studied, together with oral practice. Selected written works in the original will also be studied.


Latin 1ZZ3 Beginner’s Intensive Latin II This course continues the study of the grammar of Classical Latin begun in Latin 1Z03 and introduces students to the reading of simple passages from Latin authors.

Linguistics 1A03 Introduction to Linguistics I This course introduces the student to the basic concepts and techniques of linguistics, which is the scientific study of language. The survey covers core areas which examine the structure of language: phonetics, phonology and morphology.

Linguistics 1AA3 Introduction to Linguistics II This course is a continuation of Linguistics 1A03 and acquaints the student with the syntax, semantics and typology, as well as historical and applied linguistics. The course will enable the student to pursue higher studies in linguistics and will be helpful in other language-related disciplines.

Multimedia 1A03 Multimedia and Digital Society Students will be introduced to the history, theory and design technologies of multimedia. This course is designed to help students better understand and participate in today’s digital society.

Multimedia 1B03 The Digital Image An introduction to design and visual communication, with emphasis on creating and critiquing digital images. Readings will explore issues concerning the digital image and graphic design for the internet. Students will use photo-imaging and web design software in order to complete design assignments.

Music 1A03

Music 1EE6

Introduction to the History of Music I

Solo Performance

An introductory survey of Western music, from Gregorian chant to the time of Bach and Handel. The student is introduced to important composers and their works in the context of their society and culture. No previous knowledge of music is required.

Intensive one-on-one study (with an assigned instructor) of the technique and repertoire of any orchestral instrument, piano, organ, harpsichord, voice, recorder, saxophone, or guitar. A successful audition at a minimum level of Honours Grade 8 RCM or equivalent and permission of the School of the Arts is required. This course is for students who are not registered in the Music I Program and lesson fees are charged over and above tuition. Interested students should contact the School of the Arts the spring before they wish to take the course in order to schedule an audition.

Music 1AA3 Introduction to the History of Music II An introductory survey of Western music, from the time of Mozart to the present. Composers studied include Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Verdi, Wagner, Debussy and Stravinsky. No previous knowledge of music is required.

Ensemble Performance Music 1GB3 Concert Band Music 1GR3 Chamber Orchestra Music 1GC3 University Choir Music 1GP3 Percussion Ensemble Music 1GF3 University Flute Ensemble Music 1GJ3 Jazz Band Music 1GW3 Women’s Vocal Ensemble Students participate in a McMaster University ensemble. Admission is by audition (held at the beginning of term in September).

Typical Timetable – Term 1 Time



8:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.



Political Science 1G06 (lecture)

French 1A06 (seminar)

Classics 1M03 History of Greece and Rome (tutorial) Political Science 1G06 – Politics and Government (lecture)

French 1A06 – Introduction to French Studies: Advanced Level (seminar)

French 1A06 (seminar)

10:30 a.m.

Multimedia 1A03 – Multimedia and Digital Society (lecture)

11:30 a.m.

Political Science 1G06 (tutorial)

12:30 p.m.


Multimedia 1A03 (lecture)

Multimedia 1A03 (tutorial) French 1A06 (oral French tutorial)

1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Inquiry 1HU3 – Inquiry in the Humanities (lecture)

Classics 1M03 (lecture)

Inquiry 1HU3 (lecture)

Classics 1M03 (lecture)

3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Inquiry 1HU3 (tutorial)


Level I Course Descriptions Peace Studies 1A03

Spanish 1A03

Introduction to Peace Studies

Intermediate Spanish I

This course will introduce students to the field of peace studies. Key concepts will be explored, including peace, war, security, conflict, power, violence and non-violence. An important focus will be on knowledge, practices, values and ideologies that lead to the attainment of peace.

Designed for students with Grade 12 U/M Spanish or equivalent, this is the first part of an intensive review of the grammatical structures of Spanish. Emphasis will be upon composition, expansion of vocabulary and oral practice.

Philosophy 1A03 Philosophical Texts Students will be introduced to the study of philosophy through the reading of selected classical texts by influential authors such as Plato, Descartes, Marx, De Beauvoir and Nietzsche.

Philosophy 1B03 Philosophy, Law and Society

Spanish 1AA3 Intermediate Spanish II This is the second part of an intensive review of grammatical structures of Spanish. Emphasis will be upon composition, expansion of vocabulary and oral practice. Written works in the original will be studied.

Theatre & Film 1T03 Introduction to Theatre, Cinema and Society

This course is an introduction to social, political, legal and moral philosophy, and will give students an appreciation of the continuing importance of philosophical thinking in shaping the culture and politics of our society. Topics include ecology, health care ethics and civil rights.

How do theatre and film artists make choices about storytelling in their respective media? What influences the way audiences react to theatre and to cinema? How might theatre and cinema influence society? This course offers an introduction to theatre and film studies, by exploring the different forms of theatre and cinema, and the social impact of these forms.

Philosophy 1C03

Women’s Studies 1A03

Philosophy in Literature

Women, Culture, Power

An introduction to philosophy through the study of literature, showing how philosophical issues such as the nature of morality, human nature and the possibility of freedom are treated in literary works. (Usually alternates with Philosophy 1D03.)

This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to women’s studies, focusing on how women and men shape and are shaped by culture (including popular culture), systems of power and institutional ideologies. It examines the relationships between power and culture, knowledge, identity and social difference.

Philosophy 1D03 Philosophy and the Sciences An introduction to philosophical issues arising from modern science and technology. Students will examine questions such as the nature of scientific explanation, the impact of science on society and the contribution of society to the development of science.

Philosophy 1E03 Problems of Philosophy A critical investigation of philosophical arguments and the methods and materials of philosophical reasoning. Questions concerning topics such as God, politics, morality and knowledge will be considered.


Women’s Studies 1AA3 Women Transforming the World This course explores women’s historic and current collective efforts to transform social, economic and political conditions both nationally and globally.

Art History The intensive study of art history permits the development of sophisticated methods for the examination of the beautiful, complex and challenging objects produced as a result of human creativity. Through the theoretical and historical examination of artworks, the study art history develops those critical faculties which allow us to understand ourselves better as unique beings, and to see how humanity is interconnected beyond the barriers of time and cultural diversity. Art History is part of the School of the Arts.

Focus of Study Art History at McMaster offers a solid foundation in the study of the art and visual culture of North America, Europe and Asia, with classes designed to focus on both historical analysis and a broad range of methodologies.

Choice of Programs Honours Art History Combined Honours in Art History and Another Subject B.A. Art History Minor in Art History

Admission to Level II Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include Art History 1A03 and 1AA3.

McMaster Museum of Art The Museum of Art is an unparalleled resource for art lovers at the heart of the university campus, providing students with the opportunity to examine internationally acclaimed works of art first-hand.

Upper Year Courses Include Renaissance Art Aspects of Canadian Art Art and Revolutions in France, 1789-1914 History of Photography Art and Visual Culture in East Asia

Possible Careers Graduates from McMaster’s Art History programs have become: conservators curators and gallery directors teachers researchers art council administrators.


Classics Classics is the study of the peoples of ancient Greece and Rome from around 2500 BC to 500 AD, and the historical events of which they were a part. Areas of examination include the languages, literature, art, architecture, philosophical thought, social structures, recreations, religions, economy and legal systems of the ancient world.

Focus of Study

Upper Year Courses Include

In the Department of Classics, we approach the study of the ancient world from three different, but related perspectives:

The Myth and Reality of Troy

Art and archaeology involves the study of the artifacts and architecture of the Greeks and Romans in such areas as Greek vases, Greek sanctuaries, the growth of Roman cities including Pompeii, and early Christian art.

Roman Slavery

Ancient history and social life includes the study of such aspects of society as slavery, marriage and the family, as well as the political and military history of Greece and Rome. Language and literature focuses on the study of Ancient Greek and Latin, including the supervised reading of Greek and Latin authors such as Homer, Herodotus, Virgil and Cicero in the original. Students also study the work of a variety of Greek and Roman authors in English translation.

Ancient Greek Philosophy Ancient Roots of Medical Terminology Death and Commemoration in the Roman World Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia

Facilities The Classics Library boasts an excellent collection of Greek and Latin texts and many secondary and reference works. Undergraduate students can access classical texts using the Ibycus database.

Admission to Level II Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include at least three units of Level I Classics, Greek or Latin.

Choice of Programs Honours Classics Combined Honours in Classics and Another Subject B.A. Classics Minor in Classics, Greek, or Latin In conjunction with other departments, the Department of Classics also offers a Minor in Archaeology.


Possible Careers Graduates from the Department of Classics have pursued careers in the following areas: teaching

in schools and universities (as curators and conservators) publishing advertising foreign service law journalism. museums

Cognitive Science of Language Cognitive Science and Linguistics are two disciplines which seek to understand the human mind and experience. Cognitive Science is an area of psychology which examines the mind and its processes, including emotion, thought, creativity and language. Linguistics is the study of language in all its forms, including natural language development, organization and use. At McMaster they come together to form a unique undergraduate program: Cognitive Science of Language.

Focus of Study


The program combines courses and concepts from both Humanities and Science and offers different areas of concentration: speech and language pathology preparation (SLP), language and social life, and cognitive science/neuroscience of language.

The Language Memory and Brain Lab allows linguistic researchers to use brain imaging and behavioural measures to investigate language and memory processes and how they interact. Current research topics include brain injury, second language acquisition and specific language impairment. Senior students taking specialized courses in the lab are able to obtain hands-on experience using electrophysiological methods and to learn EEG/ERP analysis techniques.

Courses in the SLP stream will ensure that students obtain the necessary prerequisites for graduate degrees in Speech and Language Pathology and include a clinical placement with a practicing Speech Language Pathologist.

Admission to Level II Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include Linguistics 1A03, 1AA3, and Psychology 1X03 Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. Students without Grade 12 Biology U must also complete Biology 1P03 Introductory Biology.

Possible Careers Graduates of Cognitive Science of Language pursue careers in many areas, including: speech

language pathology

law intelligence

Choice of Programs Honours Cognitive Science of Language Combined Honours in Cognitive Science of Language and Another Subject


interface design psychological sciences foreign service software development.

Upper Year Courses Include Clinical Sociolinguistics Experimental Phonetics Psychology of Language Child Language Acquisition Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Computers and Linguistic Analysis


Communication Studies We are living in the information age and our society needs highly literate graduates with an advanced knowledge of the nature, function and evolution of communication. Communication studies is a rapidly expanding and dynamic interdisciplinary field. It covers many different subjects related to the myriad ways in which humans communicate with one another.

Focus of Study

Upper Year Courses Include

All Communication Studies students must take a certain number of core courses (including communication theory, research methodology and history), and have a wide range of communications electives, but must also select a number of courses investigating certain key areas of communication studies:

Crime, Conflict and the Media

Mass communication – courses that focus on the organization and functioning of information media such as television, radio, the internet and the press as major institutions and sources of knowledge and understanding about society.

Creating Ceremonies

Cultural studies and performance studies – courses that introduce students to the critical analysis of popular culture through a variety of forms including film and the visual arts. Artistic and everyday performances can also be studied, ranging from theatre, concerts and performance art to story telling and ceremonies. Language and professional communication – courses that give students understanding of areas such as public relations, organizational communication, professional writing, social media and text analysis.

Television and Society International Communication Communication Policy and Law Introduction to Public Relations in Canada Building Publics Using Social Media

Experiential Learning Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience in different fields of professional communication through a special senior level internship course – Practical Aspects of Communication.

Possible Careers Admission to Level II Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include Communication Studies 1A03. Multimedia 1A03 must be completed by the end of Level II.

Graduates of Communication Studies are in demand in many different fields, including: publishing broadcast

media relations advertising and marketing technical writing arts and business management corporate, governmental and multicultural communications. public

Choice of Programs Honours Communication Studies Combined Honours in Communication Studies and Another Subject


English and Cultural Studies With a large and intellectually diverse English faculty, McMaster has long-established strengths in all the traditional areas of English studies, offering students a wide variety of courses in Canadian, American and British literatures. Cultural studies and critical theory, which are among the most rapidly expanding fields of English, are also areas of expertise. Courses in these areas include globalization, postcolonial literature, creative writing and contemporary popular culture. Each year, the Writer-in-Residence program brings award-winning authors to the Department of English and Cultural Studies, where they contribute to the cultural life of McMaster and offer advice and feedback on creative writing to members of the campus and Hamilton communities.

Focus of Study


The study of English literature involves the detailed analysis of texts from the earliest anonymous Old English poems and the plays of Shakespeare to the novels of such contemporaries as Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood. Students develop a rich knowledge of the authors who, through the complex media of poetry, drama and fiction, as well as film and television, have struggled to shape and challenge our culture.

Mills Memorial Library has an outstanding collection of books and periodicals for the study of English literature. Among the highlights are:

Cultural studies and critical theory explores a different approach to literary studies through the examination of a wide range of cultural forms and expressions, from influential philosophical texts and avant-garde theoretical reflections to materials that have been typically overlooked in university study (e.g. television, cinema and the practices of everyday life). All English degree programs include cultural studies and critical theory, but it is also possible to specialize in this area with our combined honours program.

Admission to Level II

Possible Careers Our graduates have gone into many professions, especially those in areas where proficiency in analyzing texts and communicating ideas is required, such as: law journalism library


special collections of 20th-century Canadian poetry and British literature from 1890-1920 the letters and literary manuscripts of such Canadian authors as Margaret Laurence, Marian Engel, Sylvia Fraser and Farley Mowat the papers of British novelist and pacifist, Vera Brittain.

Choice of Programs Honours English

Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement for entry into an English program is completion of any Level I program, which must include at least six units of Level I English courses. To enter the Combined Honours in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory program students must have completed CSCT 1CS3 in their Level I program.


many rare and special collections including an outstanding collection of original British literary texts from the late 17th and 18th centuries in Canada (one of the five best collections in North America)

and public relations advertising human resources.

Combined Honours in English and Another Subject Honours in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory and Another Subject B.A. English Minor in English

Upper Year Courses Include Concepts of Culture


African Literature and Film

Postcolonial Cultures: Theory and Practice

Contemporary Canadian Fiction

The Fairy Tale



French As a student of French at McMaster, you will be immersing yourself in one of the world’s great languages, spoken by millions in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, North America and elsewhere! You will also be introduced to the rich literary and cultural traditions of French-speaking peoples.

Focus of Study McMaster’s Department of French concentrates on Francophonie et diversité - the Francophone world and diversity. In addition to language courses, we focus on three different areas: Franco-European literatures and cultures; the Francophone literatures and cultures of Canada, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean; and linguistics, translation and literary theory. Every year, the Department welcomes recent graduates from France who work as language assistants, giving students the chance to improve their oral language skills in small discussion groups and learn first-hand about French life and culture. Students in honours programs also have the opportunity to spend all or part of their third year studying on exchange at a university in France, or in Quebec.

Upper Year Courses Include Translation from French to English Introduction to French Linguistics French Civilization and Culture Introduction to Asian, Caribbean and African Francophone Literatures and Cultures Survey of Quebec Literature and Culture Revolutionary Literature before the Revolution Francophone Cinemas

Admission to Level II

Possible Careers

Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include French 1A06 or French 2M06*.

Graduates from the Department of French have found employment in the following areas:

* Students without Grade 12 French who wish to enter a French program, must complete French 1K06 followed by French 2M06 Introduction to French Studies: Advanced Level.

teaching speech

Choice of Programs Honours French Combined Honours in French and Another Subject B.A. French Minor in French


therapy translating and interpreting civil and foreign service advertising international trade and tourism law.

History Our understanding of our society, our world and ourselves is heightened by the study of the past. Human society is in a continuous process of upheaval and change, demanding constant adaptation and adjustment on the part of individuals and institutions. The historian’s obligation is to sharpen our awareness of the mechanics of change, and so far as possible, to explain it. The Department of History at McMaster is made up of scholars who research and write about people and communities of the past, and about the great and small historical events that make up the mosaic of human societies.

Focus of Study The Department of History has designed a program to give students a broad-based introduction to the study of history before they move on to smaller seminars in upper levels which allow for greater specialization. To ensure a well-rounded education, students are required to take a minimum number of courses in each of four subfields: Europe; the Americas; Asia, Africa and the Middle East; and Global History. Most history courses can be loosely grouped into three main areas: National histories, which include courses focusing on the historical development of individual countries such as Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany, Russia and China. Thematic courses, which trace the history of significant groups or topics transcending national boundaries. These include Islam, Judaism, environmental sustainability, revolutions, business, human rights and international relations. Broad multi-national surveys, which examine areas such as Europe, Africa, South Asia, ancient Rome and Greece, or medieval society.

Admission to Level II Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include at least six units of Level I history courses.

Choice of Programs Honours History Combined Honours in History and Another Subject B.A. History Minor in History Students may also be interested in the inter-disciplinary minor in Archaeology based on courses offered by the Departments of Classics and Anthropology and the School of Geography and Earth Sciences.

Upper Year Courses Include Science and Technology in World History Africa Since 1800 The Vietnam War War in the West, 1850 -1945 Crime, Criminal Justice and Punishment in Modern History Canada in a World of Empires, 1492 - 1919

Experiential Learning Our history practicum course offers senior students the opportunity for experiential learning in the field of history. Selected students work closely with a supervisor on an ongoing historical project on one of Hamilton’s many historical sites.

Possible Careers Graduates from the Department of History have pursued careers in many areas including: museums and archives

security and defence

conservation and

public administration

preservation law and politics civil and foreign service international relations, development, trade and policy

labour and industrial

relations urban and regional planning.


Linguistics Linguistics is the study of human language, its structure, origin, evolution and uses in society. If you have ever wondered how many languages there are in the world and where they came from; how your words are processed by a computer; how the ‘hidden meanings’ in language are exploited in everyday conversation, advertising or politics – then you should consider studying linguistics.

Focus of Study The discipline is organized around different areas such as phonetics, morphology, semantics, phonology and pragmatics, together with historical, social psychological and computational linguistics. Students may choose to focus electives on theoretical or applied linguistics. Those who concentrate on applied linguistics (language teaching and translation) culminating in the final year practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) may be able to apply for official TESL certification.

Upper Year Courses Include Introduction to Proto-Indo-European Cross-Cultural Communication Second Language Acquisition Forensic Linguistics TESL: Methodological Considerations Immigrant Contact Languages and the Creation of a New Identity Language Evolution and Change

Admission to Level II Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include Linguistics 1A03 and 1AA3. It is recommended that students also complete 6 units of a language in Level I.

Choice of Programs

Languages Other Than English To enrich their study of linguistics, students will take some courses in languages chosen from a diverse list which includes French, Chinese, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Ancient Greek and Latin.

Honours Linguistics Combined Honours in Linguistics and Another Subject Minor in German Minor in Linguistics Minor in Italian Minor in Japanese Minor in Spanish

Possible Careers Graduates from the Department of Linguistics and Languages have found challenging careers in many areas, including: teaching language


translation/interpretation foreign

service journalism law and business travel industry speech pathology.


Multimedia Multimedia is an innovative program at McMaster which examines computer-based works that integrate multiple media into an artistic whole. Students both study and create a huge variety of multimedia works, such as digital video, animation and web sites that use audio, video, images and text in an informative and visually interesting fashion.

Focus of Study

Choice of Programs

Multimedia addresses the multiple technical, artistic and philosophical approaches to new media design involved in Humanities computing. Students do not only become technically proficient, but also learn to communicate effectively. The Multimedia program gives them the skills to: create and critique sophisticated multimedia works discuss the major philosophical issues around multimedia computing and communication

Honours Multimedia Combined Honours in Multimedia and Another Subject

Upper Year Courses Include Music Technologies and Audio Cultures

communicate clearly through multimedia and be sensitive to design issues around multimedia

Digital Games

create and analyze digital images, digital audio and digital video

Information Technology Concepts

work in teams and manage large-scale multimedia projects.

New Media Arts

Building Social Web Applications

Advanced Computer Animation Human Computer Interface Design

Admission to Level II Enrolment is limited. Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include Multimedia 1A03 and 1B03.

Facilities Over 100 workstations (Mac and Windows) The latest in multimedia hardware and software

Possible Careers

Facilities for digital video, audio and music State-of-the-art McArthur multimedia wing

Graduates of the Multimedia program possess strong technical skills and an ability to express themselves effectively through written and multimedia forms of communication. They pursue careers in the following fields: multimedia design

instructional technology

web development

visual arts and

digital animation multimedia corporate


graphic design technical writing electronic publication.


Peace Studies We need only look around us to see the negative impact of human conflict on an international and national scale, as well as within our own communities. Peace studies is an internationally recognized and growing field of study, which seeks to understand the reasons for confrontation and violence on all levels and to find ways to transform or prevent destructive conflicts.

Focus of Study McMaster’s Combined Honours B.A. in Peace Studies, is one of the few programs of its kind to be offered in Canada. Peace studies is an interdisciplinary field, encompassing subject areas from the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Sciences. Peace studies is concerned with war and peace, violence and nonviolence, conflict and conflict transformation. Peace researchers also study concepts of justice and the ways in which people organize and wage conflict to achieve what they perceive as just ends. By focusing attention on problems of conflict, particularly those of a violent nature, researchers attempt to improve our methods of analyzing and dealing with these problems.

Admission to Level II Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include Peace Studies 1A03.

Strengths Peace studies is an engaged discipline, with many faculty members actively involved in the promotion of human well-being through projects for peace education at home and abroad. It attracts dynamic students who are able to apply what they are learning in the classroom to practical actions in society. The Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster organizes international conferences, sponsors lecture series and has initiated a wide number of publications and projects for peace.


Choice of Programs Combined Honours in Peace Studies and Another Subject Minor in Peace Studies

Upper Year Courses Include Conflict Transformation: Theory and Practice Human Rights and Social Justice Globalization and Peace Peace-Building and Health Initiatives Introduction to the Study of War International Law, Peace and Ecology Women and Men in War and Peace

Possible Careers Graduates of the Peace Studies program may find employment in a wide variety of educational and practical peace-building forums, as: development civil


servants teachers social activists research fellows

mediators consultants

to governmental and non-governmental bodies.

Philosophy Philosophy is used to clarify and interpret important concepts such as truth, God, morality, beauty, knowledge and reality. These concepts play an important role in our self-understanding and our interpretation of the world. Philosophy demands the use of argument and valid reasoning to arrive at any conclusion. As a discipline, philosophy has many divisions. These include ethics, logic, metaphysics, theory of knowledge, aesthetics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of language, religion, law, science and history. Philosophy also has a practical side, contributing to the ethical debates surrounding areas such as controversial medical and scientific developments, corporate responsibility and constitutional law.

Focus of Study

Admission to Level II

McMaster’s Department of Philosophy offers instruction in all main areas of Western philosophy. Areas of specialization include:

Selection is based on academic achievement.

theoretical and applied ethics (e.g. medical and business ethics) social, political and legal philosophy continental philosophy (e.g. hermeneutics, phenomenology and existentialism) ancient Greek philosophy.

Honours Philosophy Combined Honours in Philosophy and Another Subject Honours Philosophy and Biology Honours Philosophy and Mathematics

The N.L. Wilson Library is reserved for exclusive use of students in philosophy courses.

Minor in Philosophy

Possible Careers Our graduates go on to pursue careers in the following areas: hospital




computer business



* if no such courses were taken, six units of work acceptable to the Department of Philosophy.


B.A. Philosophy


Honours Philosophy and Biology: The minimum requirement is any Level I program, including at least six units of Level I Philosophy courses*, in addition to Grade 12 Biology U or Biology 1P03 Introduction to Biology, and three units of Level I Mathematics. Honours Philosophy and Mathematics: The minimum requirement is any Level I program, including at least six units of Level I Philosophy courses*, in addition to Math 1B03 Linear Algebra I and 6 units of calculus (Math 1A03, 1LS3, or 1X03, and Math 1AA3, 1LT3, or 1XX3).

Choice of Programs

ethics work

Honours Philosophy, Combined Honours in Philosophy and Another Subject, B.A. Philosophy: The minimum requirement is any Level I program, including at least six units of Level I Philosophy courses*.


Mills Memorial Library houses the archives of one of the 20th-century’s most influential and profound philosophers, Bertrand Russell. The Bertrand Russell Research Centre was established to highlight this unique resource and attracts scholars specializing in Russell studies from around the world to McMaster.

Upper Year Courses Include Introductory Logic

Philosophy of Law

Moral Issues

Philosophies of War and Peace

Philosophy of Science Advanced Bioethics


Theatre & Film Studies How do actors, designers, film makers, videographers and other performance artists plan and produce their work? What are some of the traditions and techniques that influence the way different artists create performances? Why do different audiences react the way they do? The Theatre & Film Studies program encourages students to explore these questions by providing them with the tools to analyze performances from a range of media, cultures and historical periods; to choose the forms of dramatic performance that are most effective for engaging in the social and cultural debates of the world around them; and to consider the challenges they pose for contemporary audiences.

Focus of Study Theatre & Film Studies at McMaster offers a broadly based program of study in the history, theory and critical understanding of dramatic performance in both live and recorded media. Experiential learning in the program centres on devising, an approach that allows students to learn multiple methods for building a live performance work by taking up a broad range of cultural experiences. In addition to core courses (such as Culture and Performance and Acting as Devising), students take both analysis-centered courses (e.g. Modernist Drama in Europe and Local and Global Spaces in Cinema ) and creation-centered courses (such as Organizing the Performance Space and Scripting the Devised Performance).

Choice of Programs Combined Honours in Theatre & Film Studies and Another Subject B.A. Theatre & Film Studies Minor in Theatre & Film Studies










The state-of-the-art McMaster Performance Lab allows Theatre & Film students to create original performance works that seamlessly integrate voice, movement, sound effects, lighting design and video projection. Robinson Memorial Theatre provides an ideal setting for theatrical performances. The fully-equipped proscenium theatre comfortably seats 180 and creates an intimate atmosphere between performers and the audience.

Admission to Level II Selection is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is any Level I program, which must include Theatre & Film Studies 1T03.

Upper Year Courses Include Italy Through the Camera Lens

Music for Film and Television

Theatre and Society: A Performance Project

Cinema and Society


Theatre & Film Studies graduates go into many different areas of employment, among them:


Honours Theatre & Film Studies

Performance and Community Outreach

Possible Careers

Major Production Workshop

Additional community resources include the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s Film Series, Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton’s professional theatre company located downtown) and Hamilton Place, an exceptional facility that hosts musical theatre, ballet, plays and concerts. McMaster’s location in the Golden Horseshoe allows for easy access to the Stratford Festival, the Shaw festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake and to a range of theatres, cinemas and festivals in the Toronto area.

Music The study of the arts, including music, affords us a direct experience of patterns of thought and feeling and provides concrete evidence of the course of civilizations over the centuries. McMaster’s Music program boasts faculty expertise which covers the entire musical literature and is housed in the Faculty of Humanities within the School of the Arts. This offers students access to a rich variety of experience in which the view of the scholar and the artist may be explored, compared and contrasted.

Focus of Study All Music programs at McMaster involve performance, both solo and ensemble. There are many opportunities to perform in public, such as the Student Concert Series for soloists and chamber groups. All students receive private lessons in their principal instrument or voice, and must also participate in one of the seven important ensembles sponsored by the School of the Arts: McMaster Chamber Orchestra

Choice of Programs Honours Bachelor of Music Honours Bachelor of Music (Music Cognition) Combined Honours B.A. in Music and Another Subject B.A. Music Minor in Music

McMaster Concert Band McMaster Jazz Band McMaster University Flute Ensemble McMaster Percussion Ensemble McMaster University Choir McMaster Women’s Vocal Ensemble. Admission to these ensembles is by audition and is open to music and non-music students. All Honours degree programs begin with two years of foundation courses that provide students with a thorough grounding in the four fundamental areas of music instruction: theory, general musicianship, history and performance. The program is structured to allow students to focus on music education or history and theory in upper levels depending on their interests. Music students who have taken the required Psychology courses in Level I may choose to enter honours B.Mus (Music Cognition) in Level II. This program allows students to explore fascinating new research into how music is perceived in the brain and how it intersects with other aspects of intellectual development. The educational applications of these discoveries are also considered. Those wishing to focus on performance can take the Diploma in Music Performance concurrently with their degree.


Facilities Computer-assisted and electronic music facilities are provided for the technical needs of students in these increasingly important and dynamic areas, including a variety of music notation programs and an advanced midi lab with recording booth. Students studying music also have access to: an on-campus concert hall with a world-class Steinway piano large rehearsal rooms practice rooms seminar rooms, several equipped with two grand pianos

a multimedia classrooms large instrument collection, including string, wind, brass and percussion instruments Mills Memorial Library’s extensive music section Music Cognition Laboratory

multimedia classrooms

Audition Requirements Students who wish to study Music at McMaster must come to the University for an audition before they can be offered a place in the program. Special arrangements may be possible for students living 300 km or more from McMaster University. Please see for details or contact the School of the Arts (

The audition consists of three parts:


The Interview and Ear-Training Test Students are interviewed by a faculty member in the School of the Arts, and are tested on their aural skills (e.g. chord and interval recognition, sight-singing). The level is approximately equivalent to the ear-training required in Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 exams on any instrument or voice.



Performance Students are asked to perform two or three varied pieces of their choice, including one from the 20th or 21st century (approximately 20 minutes of music in total) in order to demonstrate technique. The minimum performance level required equates to that of Honours Grade 8 of the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Theory The written theory exam is equivalent to the Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 2 Rudiments exam. It is waived for those who have achieved a grade of at least 80% (first class honours) in RCM Grade 2 within the past two years. A copy of the grade statement must be provided before the audition.

Experiential Learning

Diploma in Music Performance

With a ratio of approximately one professor to every 15 students and private lessons in the student’s principal instrument or voice, the Music program offers an exceptional level of faculty contact within the conventional classroom.

The Diploma recognizes a concentration in the area of music performance and can be completed concurrently with a Music degree or with a degree in another subject. Students who are not in the Music program must complete an audition before being admitted to the Diploma.

Our program also emphasizes learning outside the classroom. There are several ways in which music students at McMaster are exposed to a wide range of world-class artists. These include free lunchtime concerts and the Celebrity Concert Series (to which Music students receive free admission). The series brings top calibre international musicians to McMaster, whose musical styles range from the standard repertoire to recent music, jazz, early music and world music.

Students select courses concentrating on performance, such as solo and ensemble performance, jazz improvisation, accompanying and chamber music, leading up to the special final year solo performance course Music 4E09, which culminates in a recital presentation of approximately forty minutes duration. Because Music 4E09 may not be used for credit towards any McMaster degree, students pursuing the Diploma must plan their work to accommodate nine extra units.

Possible Careers Graduates from McMaster’s Music program have pursued exciting careers in many different areas, including: music







business management musicology music therapy

service resources. public relations. human

Music Scholarships The following scholarships are available to students entering Music I in addition to the Honour Awards. They are based on academic achievement and the audition. No additional application is required. Average Required


Number Available

Joan Frances Bowling Entrance Scholarship



Excellence in classical music



Outstanding musical proficiency (keyboard)

The Frank Thorolfson Memorial Scholarship



Outstanding musical proficiency (keyboard) and high scholastic achievement

The Victor Wilson Scholarship



Excellence in Music and strength of character. One award to a piano student and one to an orchestral student.

The Merrill Francis Gage Entrance Scholarship


The competition for the Reginald Bedford Award for Excellence in Piano Performance takes place each May and is open to incoming and in-course Music students. The prize includes a medal and up to $2,500.


Level I Program Total = 33 Units Required: 21 Units Music 1B03, 1BB3, 1CC3, 1D03, 1E06, one of 1GB3, 1CG3, 1GF3, 1GJ3, 1GR3, 1GP3, 1GW3 Electives: 12 Units* (from Humanities or other Faculties) * Students who plan to enter the B.Mus (Music Cognition) program must include Psych 1X03 (Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour) and Psych 1XX3 (Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour) in their Level I program. Those without Grade 12 Biology U must also take Biology 1P03 (Introductory Biology).

Level I Course Descriptions Note: The last digit of the course code indicates the unit value of a particular course (e.g. 1B03 = 3 units). A six-unit course runs for two terms and a three-unit course generally runs for one term. However, some three-unit Music courses (1CC3, 1D03, 1GB3, 1GC3 etc.) run for two terms.

Music 1B03

Music 1D03

History of Western Music: Classical and Romantic (1770-1890)

Aural Skills

Music 1BB3

This is an intensive course focusing on sight-singing and ear-training (dictation). It is intended to develop sensitivity to music played and listened to. Both elements explore intervals, scales, modes, harmonic progressions and form, in the context of jazz and rock, as well as classical music.

History of Western Music: Baroque (1580-1770)

Music 1E06

This survey of Classical and Romantic music includes consideration of performance practices, influences of the other arts and socio-political developments.

This survey of Baroque music includes consideration of performance practices, influences of the other arts and socio-political developments.

Music 1CC3 Harmony An introduction to the analysis and writing of functional harmony. Most of the examples and exercises relate to music from the 18th century. Students learn basic harmony and melodic analysis and apply this knowledge to create short excerpts in four parts.

Solo Performance Students attend a weekly one-hour lesson on their principal instrument or voice and work at repertory under the direction of their private instructor. Students are required to perform for a jury at the end of the year.

Ensemble Performance – one of the following: Music 1GB3 Concert Band Music 1GR3 Chamber Orchestra Music 1GC3 University Choir Music 1GP3 Percussion Ensemble Music 1GF3 University Flute Ensemble Music 1GW3 Women’s Vocal Ensemble Music 1GJ3 Jazz Band Students participate in a McMaster University ensemble. Admission is by audition (held at the beginning of term in September).


Typical Timetable – Term 1 Time




9:30 a.m.

Music 1B03 – History of Western Music (lecture)

Inquiry 1HU3 – Inquiry in the Humanities (seminar)

Inquiry 1HU3 (lecture)

10:30 a.m.

Music 1CC3 – Harmony (lecture)

Music 1B03 (lecture)


Friday Music 1CC3 (lecture)

11:30 a.m.

English 1C06 (tutorial)

12:30 p.m.

Music 1B03 (lecture)

1:30 p.m.

Inquiry 1HU3 (lecture)

Music 1E06 (Solo Performance)

2:30 p.m.

English 1C06 – A History of English Literature (lecture)

3:30 p.m.

Music 1D03 – Aural Skills (lecture)

4:30 p.m.

English 1C06 (lecture)

Music 1D03 (lecture)

Music 1D03 (lab)

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Music 1GB3 – Ensemble Performance (Concert Band)

Upper Year Courses Include Music of the World’s Cultures Elementary Music Education Brass Methods Orchestration and Arranging Jazz Improvisation Special Studies in Chamber Music or Accompanying Advanced Digital Audio Psychology of Music Neuroscience of Music Cognition Cognitive Development and Music Education Introduction to Music Therapy Topics in Harmony and Counterpoint Popular Music: Post World War II Advanced Conducting


Studio Art

Studio Art at McMaster is a small, highly-selective program, giving students exceptional opportunities to explore and develop their artistic talents. We are proud to be building on our strengths and reputation as a centre of excellence for the study of art, by moving from our long-established Honours B.A. in Studio Art to an exciting new Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Studio Art, starting September 2011 (subject to Ministry approval). The Bachelor of Fine Arts is recognized as being the premier professional qualification for those who wish to qualify for entrance to a Master of Fine Arts program and to pursue a career in art. The new BFA designation raises the profile of established arts research, teaching and learning at McMaster, allowing us to introduce many exciting new courses and give students greater opportunity to focus on studio art from Level I onwards.


Portfolio Interview

Our Facilities

Art at McMaster is part of the Faculty of Humanities but has its own direct-entry Level I program, Studio Art I. To qualify, students must meet the general Humanities entrance requirements and pass an art portfolio interview. Interviews are held on campus, usually between January and April. Applicants present around 20 pieces of original artwork, and meet both studio faculty and current students. Details of the interview are online at: www.humanities.mcmaster/portfolio.

Painting, drawing and sculpture studios Print-making studio with state-of-the-art health and safety features and a 36”x70” press Ceramics facility with two throwing wheels, pug mill, clay mixer, slab roller and extruder Working sculpture foundry for bronze casting.

Above Level I

McMaster Museum of Art

Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is based on academic achievement. The minimum requirement is completion of Studio Art I. Students in the BFA specialize in the study of studio art, but they are also required to take a number of art history courses throughout their degree and may use electives to take courses in a variety of complementary disciplines or to complete a Minor.

With one of the best university art collections anywhere in the country, the museum is an amazing on-campus resource for artists and art lovers, allowing students to examine first-hand internationally acclaimed historic and contemporary art works. It is also the location of the art students’ graduating show.

Environmentally-Responsible Studio Practice One of the unique features of the McMaster BFA is its belief in environmentally-responsible studio practice. While there are pockets of expertise and creative work being done across the globe by concerned artists, McMaster is alone in Canada in declaring a program commitment to this initiative.

Possible Careers Graduates from McMaster’s studio art programs have gone on to become Professional

artists and designers Conservators and curators Teachers and gallery directors

Art and Artists in Hamilton Hamilton is a fantastic location for artists and is home to a rapidly-growing arts sector. In fact, the ratio of artists located in city is well above the national average! Hamilton now boasts over 30 exhibition spaces in addition to the Art Gallery of Hamilton and McMaster Museum of Art.

Print Residency This special course (offered in the spring term) allows advanced students to work intensively for two weeks at L’ Atelier de l’Ile in the town of Val David, Quebec, where they benefit from the assistance of two technicians and full access to an active print facility. This studio offers a unique experience to use the Electro-etch system and an electric press with an extended bed size of 12 feet.


and costume designers Art council administrators.


Level I Program Total = 30 units Required: 18 Units Art 1DM3, 1HS0, 1MI3, 10S3, 1SI3; Art history 1A03, 1AA3 Electives: 12 Units (from Humanities or other Faculties)

Level I Course Descriptions Note: The last digit of the course code indicates the unit value of a particular course (e.g. 1DM3 = 3 units).

Art 1DM3

Art 1SI3

Material Investigations and Concepts

Studio Investigations

This course facilitates the development of tacit knowledge, intuitive judgment, perception and theoretical understanding through direct material engagement with metals, plaster, clay, forest products and use of fabrication technologies.

Working individually and in groups, students will be introduced to concepts, questions, research strategies and contexts related to art production. An integrated approach will combine dialogue, production and information gathering utilizing sketchbooks, digital technologies and University collections.

Art 1HS0 Introduction to Health and Safety/WHMIS Training This introduction to safety guidelines at McMaster University, safe conduct, Safe Operating Procedures and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System is evaluated on a Complete/Fail basis and must be completed before registering in Level II Art courses.

Art History 1A03 Introduction to the Study of Art Students are introduced to the visual arts through a consideration of principles and elements of painting, sculpture and architecture, and a discussion of various genres.

Art 1M13

Art History 1AA3

Material Investigations and Concepts

Introduction to the History of Art

This course is designed to facilitate the development of tacit knowledge, intuitive judgment, perception and theoretical understanding through direct material engagement with wax, Polymers, oils, alkyds, resins, and fibre-based materials.

This course offers a brief overview of the Western artistic tradition as embodied in the history of painting, sculpture and architecture.

Art 1OS3 Observational Studies This course focuses on observation-based studio activities and the development of critical perception to deepen understanding of visual information and phenomena related to art practice.


Typical Timetable – Term 1 Time


8:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.



Art 1OS3 Observational Studies (studio) Italian 1Z06 Beginner’s Intensive Italian (seminar)

Art 1OS3

11:30 a.m.

Art 1OS3

Friday Art 1DM3 Material Investigations and Concepts (studio)

Art 1OS3

10:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.


Italian 1Z06 (seminar)

Multimedia 1A03 (lecture)

Art History 1A03 Introduction to Art History (lecture)

Art 1DM3

Art 1DM3

Art History 1A03 (lecture)

1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Multimedia 1A03 Multimedia and Digital Society (lecture)

3:30 p.m.

Art History 1A03 (tutorial)

Italian 1Z06 (seminar)

Multimedia 1A03 (tutorial)

4:30 p.m. 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Upper Year Courses Include Introductory Painting History and Discourse of the Museum Concentrated Study – Collaborative Community Projects Interdimensional Studies in Sculpture and Drawing Guided Studio Practise Exhibition Preparation and Documentation Concentrated Study – Foundry Environmentally Responsible Studio Concentrated Study – Intaglio Field Work – On-Site Explorations


Visitor Information Regular Campus Tours Campus tours take about 1½ hours and are conducted by McMaster students. The entire campus is covered in the tour including a visit to at least one residence building. Please note: advanced notice of two to three working days is required tours are available Monday to Friday, from October 3 to December 6, 2011 and January 9 to April 5, 2012 tour times are 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. campus tours may be scheduled on some Saturdays with at least one week’s advance notice campus tours are also available throughout the summer, from mid-May to the beginning of August

Special Visit Events Fall Preview Saturday, October 29, 2011

Virtual Tour Unable to visit McMaster in person? Explore our picturesque campus via one of our online tours. You can take a Guided Tour that follows the same route as an in-person walking tour, create a personalized tour or simply explore major campus hotspots. We also offer a basic version for users with a slower internet connection or older computer.

visit display areas and talk with reps from academic, service areas and student groups in a relaxed and informal Roam Around Session tour the campus

March Break Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16, 2012

To register for a campus tour, contact the Student Recruitment & Admissions Office: Tour Portal e-mail phone 905-525-9140 ext. 23650 fax 905-524-3550

regular campus tours faculty-specific activities available be sure to register in advance as group sizes are limited

May@Mac Saturday, May 12, 2012 Complimentary parking passes will be provided for registered campus tour visitors upon arrival. Please refer to your tour booking confirmation e-mail for further details. It is best to enter the campus via the Sterling Street entrance (Central Campus). Directions can be found online at:


University-wide Open House event applicants will be sent information in the Spring includes campus bus tours, special facility tours, sample lectures and lab demonstrations, opportunities to speak with professors, staff and students

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