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Social Psychology

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.

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Arinola Akinbobola

Honours B.A., Social Psychology, McMaster University (M.S.W. University of Toronto, 2015)2013

“One of the many things that make the Social Psychology program at McMaster special is the openness in the faculty. I was able to have those often avoided conversations about race, discrimination, and “other-ing” while in the Social Psychology program at McMaster. My time at McMaster taught me that those avoided conversations are not only important to have in academia, but also important to have in society at large.”

Social Psychology Degree Options

All Social Sciences students start off in Level I. At the end of first-year, students who meet the requirements outlined below may qualify for the following degree option in Social Psychology:

  • Honours B.A.
    Level I Grade Point Average of 5.0 (C) including a grade of at least C in SOCPSY 1Z03 and successful completion of one of PSYCH 1F03, PSYCH 1X03, SOCIOL 1Z03.

Please note that enrolment in this academic plan is limited, therefore possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Social Psychology Program Details

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).


Build Your Skills

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

Our graduates have been successful at finding interesting and rewarding careers in a range of fields in both the public and private sectors

Examples of career paths include:

  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Career Counsellor
  • Community Organizing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Counselling
  • Education/Teacher
  • Health Care Coordinator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Law
  • Mental Health
  • Parole Officer
  • Research
  • Social Work
  • Volunteer Services

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