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Student Testimonials

Emily Cichonski

Emily Cichonski

“Before I came to university, my goal was to work in a hospital. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do in a hospital or how I would get there, but I always knew that is where I wanted to be.” Read more

Your Classes

Want to take a look at this year’s offerings and build a mock schedule? You can use McMaster’s MyTimetable tool to pick from Mac’s entire course offerings this year. We have pre-populated it with what your first semester may look like.


How does it work? Simply follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Look at your first semester. You will see a schedule filled out with a typical first semester of courses. If you would like to start from scratch, click “Start Over” in the bottom left.
  • Step 2: Start searching for classes in the box on the left. Don’t know where to start? You can type out subjects, such as “English” or “Physics” or pick from the courses listed below under “Typical First-Year Courses.” Classes that have the number “1” in the title are first-year courses.
  • Step 3: Pick your classes and times. When you find a class that you like, click on it and it will appear in the calendar on the left. You can pick different tutorial and lecture times to fit the classes you want. When you find a class and times that you like, click on it in the calendar to pin it in place.
  • Step 4: Fill out your schedule and save the URL. Keep picking classes and times until you have your schedule (this is usually five courses per semester). Once you’re finished, save your URL so you can come back and see what you’ve built.

What You’ll Take:

  • Inquiry: Introduction to Health and Society (HLTHAGE 1ZZ3)
  • Introduction to Aging and Society (HLTHAGE 1BB3)
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Illness (HLTHAGE 1CC3)
  • 9 units from a select course list
  • 12 units of electives

Learn more about Health and Society I requirements here.

After successful completion of Health & Society I, students will enter one of the following degree programs:

  • Honours Health & Society
    • Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction
  • Honours Aging & Society
    • Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction
  • Combined Honours Aging & Society and Health & Society
  • Combined Honours Health & Society and Another Subject
  • Combined Honours Aging & Society and Another Subject
  • B.A. in Health, Aging & Society
  • Option to enter other programs depending on eligibility

McMaster Social Sciences + Mohawk Affiliated Certificates

Through our partnership with Mohawk College, you can earn a college certificate while completing your degree – exclusively available to all Social Sciences students, including Health & Society students.

Certificate options include:

Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction

The Specialization and Minor in Mental Health and Addiction provide students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationship between mental health, addiction, and society. It involves examining the links between mental health and wider social processes, including marginalization, the construction of deviance, and the social determinants of health.

Students will also gain a solid understanding of mental illness and some of the ways in which social changes and other non-biomedical interventions can be harnessed to address issues related to mental health and addiction and promote well-being.

For a full list of courses that can be available in this program, please consult the academic calendar.