Our general Level I program gives you the opportunity to study and explore the diverse and multidisciplinary areas in the Social Sciences. It provides you with a year to discover and focus your academic interests, so you can then feel ready to apply to a program or combined program within the Social Sciences, or to combine your passion for Social Sciences with other subject areas outside of Social Sciences. Social scientists at McMaster come from a variety of backgrounds. They share a curiosity about individuals and society and use a number of approaches and research methods to advance our understanding of individuals, groups and social relationships and activities.

Study in the Social Sciences at McMaster will help you to engage with some of the most compelling questions in contemporary society: How did we get here? Where should we be going? How should we organize our economy? How do different institutions in society shape our experiences? How might we achieve a just society? Studying the Social Sciences will stimulate your curiosity, encourage you to seek the answers to important questions and develop the skills you need to engage the world around you.

  • Limited entry program
  • Small class sizes and a more personal classroom experience means more personal interaction with professors and a close-knit community that helps grow the best you.
  • Each senior student will be nominated to attend a conference on a global or community issue they are passionate about. This allows for the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and enhance personal learning.
  • Unique teaching style. This includes both blended learning and team taught classes, that offer an interdisciplinary perspective on societal issues.
  • All students will gain global perspective and experience through international exchanges, study trips and/or conferences.

AACSB Accredited

AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Less than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have earned AACSB Accreditation – the hallmark of excellence in management education.

Commerce Internship Program

The Commerce Internship Program offers 12-16 months of paid work experience with an average salary of $39,804. Students have the opportunity to work with top employers. This allows Commerce students to apply classroom knowledge and gain important career skills.

The Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences offers students in each specialization opportunities to develop clinical skills in some of the largest and technically current simulated clinical laboratories, through recent multi-million dollar upgrades to the labs. Features include:

Medical Imaging Laboratories

  • A mammography unit
  • A multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner
  • A simulated ultrasound scanning system
  • Connectivity to digital imaging networks
  • Five general radiography units with computed radiography (CR) capabilities
  • Five state-of-the-art ultrasound units
  • One direct-read (DR) digital radiography unit

Image Viewing and Manipulation Laboratory

  • Database of teaching files of medical images
  • Two Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS)

Patient Care and Nursing Skills Laboratory

  • Anatomical models
  • Computerized patient mannequins
  • Simulated hospital ward environment


Every student has access to the co-op program. The best part? You decide when you would like to complete co-op and we’ll help you get there.

How it works:

Your professional career starts in your first year with an introductory non-credit co-op course. Throughout the year, a team of 15 staff from the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office connect with more than 1,000 employers, bringing them directly to you through over 200 workshops and events annually. We also work with you to help navigate the career exploration, job search, application, interview and offer process.

Beginning as early as the summer after your first year, you can begin completing four-month co-op positions.

After your third year, you’ll have the option to complete longer, more immersive eight-, 12- or 16-month positions.

Fast Facts:

  • $50k average annual salary $23/hr average hourly rate
  • 2,000+ students are on co-op each year around the world!
  • 2/3 of students complete some co-op as part of their degree
  • 76% of co-op work terms were longer than 4 months in 2018/2019

Some of our current employers include:

  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Blackberry
  • Celestica
  • CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)
  • Chrysler
  • Ford Canada
  • GE Canada
  • General Motors Canada
  • Husky Injection
  • Hydro One
  • IBM Canada
  • L-3 Wescam
  • Linamar Corporation
  • Maple Leaf Foods
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Stackpole International
  • Suncor Energy
  • Toronto Hydro One

First-Year Courses

What You’ll Take:

  • Introduction to Health and Safety (WHMIS 1A00)
  • Human Biochemistry (HTHSCI 1LL3)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (HTHSCI 1H06 A/B)
  • Introduction to Nursing and Health I (NURSING 1F03)
  • Introduction to Nursing and Health II (NURSING 1G03)
  • Introduction to Nursing Practice (NURSING 1I02)
  • Professional Practice I (NURSING 1J02)
  • Community Engagement & Citizenship (NURSING 1K02 A/B)
  • Introduction to Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (PSYCH 1X03)
  • Foundations of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (PSYCH 1XX3)
  • Elective

Learn more about the Nursing I requirements here.

Beyond First-Year

Bachelor of Science Nursing (BScN)

Since the BScN is a direct entry program, students are considered to be specializing/majoring in Nursing from first year to the end of the program.

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the gateway to a profession that offers an astounding array of career tracks and opportunities. It provides graduates with more than just a job!

Registered Nurses practice independently or in teams with other health professionals to care for diverse clients across the lifespan. Nurses work in traditional settings in hospitals, nursing homes, public health and many more. They are present in a variety of areas such as pediatrics, emergency, maternity, psychiatry, palliative care or geriatrics to name a few. Nurses also work in non-traditional settings such as poison control centers, parishes, on the streets with homeless people, AIDS hospices or in a variety of other industries.

Careers that are available to Registered Nurses include:

  • staff nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities
  • public health departments
  • case managers for community care access centres
  • entrepreneurs owning and managing health/nursing care businesses
  • researchers in nursing care, education and health care
  • educators of individuals, families, communities and nursing students.
  • correction and detention centres
  • parishes
  • telehealth
  • on the streets with vulnerable populations in a variety of industrial settings
  • poison control centres