Social Psychology students will study the relationship between individuals and society from a multidisciplinary perspective to gain an understanding of how individuals behave, how small groups and communities interact, and how societies form practices and priorities.
Focus of Study
Students will learn how to locate themselves in the complex fabrics of their cultures, their geographies and their power relationships. If you are interested in using different disciplinary lenses to explore how people develop over the lifespan and behave in different environments and circumstances, this program may be for you.
Applying to the Social Psychology Program
All Social Sciences students start in the Level 1 program. You will apply for the Social Psychology program at the end of your first year.
Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level 1 program with a minimum GPA of 5.0, a grade of at least C in SOC PSY 1Z03, and successful completion of SOCIOL 1A06, PSYCH 1X03 or PSYCH 1F03.
Compare Psychology Programs
The programs offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences (B.A. programs) are for students more interested in fields that focus on the psychological aspects of human behaviour. The study of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour can be completed at McMaster University through either the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science.
The programs offered by the Faculty of Science (B.Sc.) are for students more interested in the natural sciences and in studying the link between the brain and behaviour.
An Honours B.A. in Social Psychology is for students more interested in individual traits and attitudes and social life. Students pursuing any one of these Honours B.A. or 3-year B.A. degrees may combine their studies with an Affiliated Certificate in Business Studies, Leadership and Management for the Not-for-Profit Sector, or Applied Behaviour Analysis (with an autism focus).
Compare the different degrees offered by the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour (PNB) and the Social Psychology program.
Did You Know
Social Psychology students have the opportunity to combine theoretical and practical learning in:
Social Psychology 3ZZ3 (Complex Problems from a Multidisciplinary Social Psychology Perspective), as they examine issues like deviance, mental illness, work, race, or gender.
Social Psychology 4ZZ6 (Social Psychology Research Project), as they work together in groups to conduct original research.
Social Psychology 2L03 (Big Ideas/Great Thinkers in Social Psychology), as they focus on transformative concepts or scholars and their impact on how we think about ourselves and society.
Social Psychology 3Y03 (Social Psychology in Action) as they look at the relevance of social psychology in the real world.
Some of our faculty research includes: experiences of the aging body and well-being, inter-racial relations, work/life balance and mental health.
Graduates leave the program with strong writing, analytical, people and research skills. Other skills you will acquire during your time at McMaster include:
- Clear and logical thinking, analytical skills
- Written and spoken communication skills shown through written work, presentations and informed debate
- Teamwork and negotiation through project work carried out in groups
- Interview techniques, statistical analysis using software packages
- Problem solving skills developed by regular analysis of case studies and developing strategies to deal with key issues that arise
- Identifying and locating sources of information
- Managing time in order to meet multiple demands
Examples of career paths include: