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After Level I you will further develop your academic interests. The Faculty of Social Sciences offers three and four-year Bachelor of Arts and four-year Bachelor of Social Work degrees. You can choose from one (or two) of our innovative programs:

McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates

The best of both worlds – earn a certificate from Mohawk College while completing your 4-year Honours Social Sciences degree! 

The McMaster/Mohawk Affiliated certificates can be paired with any Social Sciences program and all classes are taught on the McMaster campus, so there is no need for extra travelling. The best part? Your Mohawk certificate is completed using your McMaster electives, which means no additional time is needed to complete your degree/certificate AND no additional fees are incurred.

Currently, we offer three affiliated certificates:

Careers or Options Beyond This Program

Graduates of the Faculty of Social Sciences have moved on to various fields/careers, including:

  • Archaeologist
  • Arbitrators
  • Author and Editor
  • Bereavement Counsellor
  • Child & Family Therapist
  • Corporate Communications (PR)
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Corporate/Community Relations
  • Community Outreach Workers
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fundraising
  • Financial Planning / Forecasting
  • GIS Analyst
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • High School Teacher
  • Human Resources
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration/Settlement Services
  • International Aid Work
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Marketing
  • Mediation
  • Municipal Government (Policy & Community Engagement)
  • Museum Archivist
  • Music Therapist
  • Police Officer
  • Recruiter
  • Policy Analyst / Researcher
  • Real Estate
  • Social Media / Journalism
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Language Pathology

 

Below is a list of some courses, including a brief description, that you may find yourself taking beyond the first year in the Faculty of Social Sciences. For formal policies governing specific programs and a comprehensive list of courses within the Faculty, please refer to the Undergraduate Calendar.

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Experiential Education

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers an education that combines academic study with hands-on experience – we call it Experiential Education. This unique blend provides you with the opportunity to:

  • participate in the diverse learning strategies used by our award-winning professors, including: field trips, simulations, computer-mediated experiments and academic placements within the community
  • pursue a placement or practicum that allows you to develop professional skills in the field while earning academic credit
  • test drive your career choices before graduation through our paid internships, career placements or volunteer opportunities.

A well-rounded education can lead to success! Through our Experiential Education office you can participate in exciting immersive learning programs that will provide a solid foundation for a successful career.

TimeMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8:30 a.m.
SOC SCI 1SS3

Inquiry in Social Sciences

9:30 a.m.
ANTHRO 1AA3

Anthropology: Sex, Food, and Death (Lecture)

HLTH AGE 1AA3

Health Studies (Tutorial)

ANTHRO 1AA3

Anthropology: Sex, Food, and Death (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.
ANTHRO 1AA3

Anthropology: Sex, Food, and Death (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.
HLTH AGE 1AA3

Health Studies (Lecture)

HLTH AGE 1AA3

Health Studies (Lecture)

12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
ECON 1B03

Microeconomics 

(Lecture)

ECON 1B03

Microeconomics 

(Lecture)

ECON 1B03

Microeconomics 

(Lecture)

3:30 p.m.
SOCIOL 1A06

Sociology (Lecture)

4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences is currently based in Kenneth Taylor Hall, with departments and facilities spread throughout our campus.

L.R. Wilson Hall

L. R. Wilson Hall for Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities (our new $55 million home) opened in September 2016 and includes innovative classrooms, lecture halls, research space, a black-box theatre and a concert hall.

Profiles & Alumni


Marissa Ledger
Medical Student, University of Alberta
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John Williams
Project Manager for the Hamilton Conservation Authority
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Phyllis Phiri
Strategy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Labour's Prevention Office
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