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Experience Makes a Difference

Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.

Select a department to learn more about their program options.

Have a question about Level II selection? Email gosocsci@mcmaster.ca.

Interdisciplinary Community Engagement Minor

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement allows students to deepen and expand their understanding of communities and develop skills for principled and effective engagement. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor allows for a broad knowledge base from which to establish relationships with a range of communities both locally and globally.

Important Information

What is community engagement?

Community-engaged education at McMaster aims to provide students with the opportunity to integrate their academic knowledge with experiences in the community to address social, economic, environmental and health concerns. It is a type of experiential education that enables students to learn from and give to communities. Community-engaged education can occur both within a course and through a co-curricular experience.

It requires that students take CMTYENGA 2A03 and 21 additional units from three course lists that include theory, experiential and capstone courses.

Want to learn more about the Interdisciplinary Minor in Community Engagement? Join any of these group drop-in sessions:

March 25 @ 11:30AM - 12:00PM - Dave Heidebrecht - STAFF
March 26 @ 10:00AM - 10:30AM - Julia Menezes - STUDENT
March 29 @ 4:00PM - 4:30PM - Dave Heidebrecht - STAFF
March 30 @ 3:30PM - 4:00PM - Ananya Yadav - STUDENT
March 31 @ 1:00PM - 1:30PM - Jay Carter - STAFF
April 1 @ 9:30AM - 10:00AM - Beth Levinson - STAFF

Learn more about the Community Engagement Minor

Internships, careers, and experiential education

The Experiential Education team supports programming related to career development, experiential teaching and learning, and more! Beginning in Level II, you can take Social Sciences 2EL0: Introduction to Career Planning in the Social Sciences, a six-week, tuition-free course focusing on career exploration and job search strategies. Students who earn a ‘pass’ in 2EL0 are eligible to apply for positions in our optional, paid Internship Program, either on a full-time or part-time basis. Our team also assists instructors with delivering experiential learning, for example, through in-course academic placements and field experiences. In terms of extra-curricular experiences, individual students and teams are eligible for funding and awards to support experiential and community-related initiatives. If you’re interested in career development or getting unique experiences, reach out to our team!

Interested in learning more about Experiential Education? Join any of these group drop-in sessions:

March 25 @ 10:00AM - 10:30AM - Keri Long - STAFF 
March 29 @ 1:30PM - 2:00PM - Ruthanne Talbot - STAFF

Learn more about experiential education

Get an Honours degree and a college certificate in four years using your elective credits! No extra time or course fees.

The McMaster/Mohawk Affiliated Certificate Program allows you to earn a degree and a specialized certificate concurrently. Take advantage of the practical, hands-on skills gained through a Mohawk College certificate without leaving the McMaster campus.

This program is exclusive to McMaster Social Sciences students and offers an innovative way to balance the theoretical knowledge you expect from a university education with the practical application traditionally offered in college. Students will gain desired practical skills, taught by working professionals in the field. All courses are taught on campus by Mohawk College instructors.

Want to learn more about McMaster/Mohawk Affiliated Certificates or studying abroad? Join any of these group drop-in sessions:

March 25 @ 3:30PM - 4:00PM - McMaster/Mohawk Affiliated Certificates - Meghan Bregar - STAFF
March 30 @ 1:30PM - 2:00pm - Studying Abroad - Meghan Bregar - STAFF

Learn more about Mohawk certificates

Academic Advising: Providing students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.

The Mission of the Academic Advising Office is to assist students in the Faculty of Social Sciences in realizing their full potential. The academic advising staff interacts with students in a variety of settings, evaluating their needs and teaching them how to navigate the post-secondary education system. We work with students to develop and implement individual plans for the purpose of achieving both academic and personal goals.

Academic Advisors provide support in the following areas:

 - Identifying individual education goals.
 - Programs and course registration.
 - Interpretation of academic regulations.
 - Academic work accommodations.
 - Exploring resources available on campus.

Want to learn more about Academic Advising? Join any of these group drop-in sessions:

March 25 @ 9:30AM - 10:00AM - Suzanne Hunt - STAFF   
March 25 @ 10:00AM - 10:30AM - Suzanne Hunt - STAFF  
March 25 @ 10:30AM - 11:00AM - Kelli Cale - STAFF
March 25 @ 11:00AM - 11:30AM - Kelli Cale - STAFF 
March 25 @ 12:30PM - 1:00 PM - Suzanne Hunt - STAFF 
March 25 @ 1:00PM - 1:30 PM - Suzanne Hunt - STAFF
March 25 @ 3:00PM - 3:30PM - Kelli Cale - STAFF 
March 25 @ 3:30PM - 4:00PM - Kelli Cale - STAFF

Learn more about academic advising

Interdisciplinary Minor in Globalization Studies

The minor in Globalization Studies provides students with the opportunity to explore the complex idea of globalization from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Students will have the opportunity to complete courses from the Social Sciences, Humanities, Health Sciences and Science faculties that cover a wide variety of themes related to globalization, and will be able to tailor their course selection according to their interests.

The GLOBALZN 3A03 course is strongly recommended to all students interested in pursuing a Minor in Globalization Studies.

Learn more about the Globalization Studies Minor