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Students in Level I Social Sciences have a great deal of flexibility in their course selection from within the Faculty of Social Sciences and from other Faculties across the campus.

First Year Inquiry Seminars

SOC SCI 1SS3 is taught in small seminar classes of about 30 students and provides an opportunity for students to learn how to ask good questions, search out and evaluate evidence, develop well-reasoned conclusions and present their outcomes to the class.

This class provides valuable foundational research and writing skills. Research has shown that students who complete SOC SCI 1SS3 receive higher grades in university courses, complete their degrees on time and are more likely to obtain Dean’s Honour List standing.

Some 1SS3 topics include:

  • Social justice
  • Climate change in the global village
  • Conspiracies and cover-ups
  • Google Earth effect: Is geotechnology changing our world

Learn more about Social Sciences I requirements here.

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.

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.

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Inquiry in Social Sciences

9:30 a.m.

Anthropology: Sex, Food, and Death (Lecture)


Health Studies (Tutorial)


Anthropology: Sex, Food, and Death (Lecture)

10:30 a.m.

Anthropology: Sex, Food, and Death (Lecture)

11:30 a.m.

Health Studies (Lecture)


Health Studies (Lecture)

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Sociology (Lecture)

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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

Social Sciences Graduate Profile
Brad Keslick

"What intrigued me about Social Psychology was the small program size, program-specific content, and exploration of Psychology and Sociology as their own independent programs...The benefit of my program allowing for broad fields of study meant I had options when I graduated." Read more

Social Sciences Graduate Profile:
Natasha Dao

"I recently graduated from the Labour Studies program with a minor in Geography and Earth Studies. Right out of school I was hired by the City of Hamilton as their Youth Engager...The Social Sciences program is unique because of how much flexibility it gives in first year." Read more

Social Sciences Graduate Profile
Sanket Das

"I participated in two internships with the Office of Experiential Education. My two roles were within a public policy capacity, which eventually led to my current job as a Policy Analyst. The courses I took at McMaster and the internship experiences I was involved with placed me in a very strong position for success." Read more