Liberal Arts for the 21st Century

The way we teach is about developing problem-solving abilities and creative, critical thinking skills that distinguish our graduates. With the Wilson Centre for Canadian History and the Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, it is time to develop a signature Liberal Arts building to accommodate the growth of humanities and social sciences study in diverse areas. This is how McMaster University is redefining the liberal arts education:

Liberal Arts Building

The new "Liberal Arts for the 21st Century" building will provide much needed new space for current and new undergraduate, graduate and research programs in social sciences, humanities and health sciences.

With the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery as the model, the Liberal Arts building will include inspiring, state-of-the-art lecture, meeting and study space equipped with the most advanced technology. It will be home to collaborative programs, centres and institutes.

Possible centres and spaces within the building include:


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Wilson Centre for Canadian History

The Wilson Centre for Canadian History was established to promote the history of Canada within the University and to the wider community. Activities of the centre include outreach to local school boards to encourage the study of Canadian history by high school students and the organization of seminars, tours and public lectures.

  • Chair in Canadian History
    The Named Chair in Canadian History will be an extension of the L.R. Wilson Professorship in Canadian History currently held by Viv Nelles, the preeminent scholar in Canadian history. The Chair will provide leadership to the many faculty members and scholars - both within and outside the Department of History - for whom Canadian history plays a significant role in their teaching and research.

  • Operating Funds

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Globalization and Developing Countries

McMaster's Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition has been enormously successful in building an intellectual community of researchers with an interest in this immensely important issue and how it impacts the economic, social and political status of all countries and nations. In addition to activities aimed at collaboration and information sharing, the institute has initiated a new one-year master of arts degree in globalization studies.

  • Chair in Globalization and Developing Countries
    The Named Chair in Globalization and Developing Countries will provide direction for the study of issues related to globalization and its impact and promise for developing countries.

  • Operating Funds

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Kinesiology Expansion

Since its establishment more than seven years ago, McMaster’s Centre for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation has been helping people in the greater Hamilton community recover from a range of injuries and conditions, while also serving as a vital research facility. The Centre is now poised to expand by establishing a new Centre for Spinal Cord Research and Rehabilitation that will be home to a collaborative “cell-to-society” research team studying spinal cord injury. This will include kinesiologists, basic scientists, physicians from our own renowned medical school and other health care practitioners – all of whom will be working towards a common goal of improving the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury.

The new Centre will be located adjacent to the Centre for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation and will comprise approximately 6,000 sq. ft. of wet and dry lab space as well as highly specialized equipment.

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McMaster will be the launching point for highly qualified thinkers and problem solvers to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow through its commitment to problem-based learning, inquiry, experiential education and linking learning with research at all levels of study.

"We at the Institute try to make the university experience truly reflective of the incredible challenges and opportunities that the next generation of Canadians will face. The world is already globalized beyond the imaginings of even the generation before it.”

Imre Szeman, Senator William McMaster Chair of Globalization and Cultural Studies.

McMaster was ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the Institute for Higher Learning and one of the Top 100 universities in the world – one of only four Canadian universities – in the international poll conducted by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University