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Social Psychology

Focus on self-conceptions and identity and the ways that social structure and culture shape emotions, social cognition, the negotiating of meaning in everyday life, small group dynamics, as well as the personal consequences of social inequality. For undergraduate students, please visit Honours Social Psychology to learn more. For MA and PhD students, the Department of Sociology offers...

Work & Occupations

Discover the core social institutions in modern society and addresses the study of changing economies, forms of inequality, and the social organization of work.

Social Inequality

What are the causes and consequences of social inequality? The study of social inequality brings together work in health, education, incomes, gender and sexuality, families, race and ethnicity, organizations, and meaning-making.

Political Sociology, Social Movements, & Social Policy

Explore the nature, dynamics and interacting influences of culture, politics, protest movements, electoral institutions and policy options using both theoretical and methodological approaches.

Race, Ethnicity, & Immigration

Study how racial, ethnic, and national identities are constructed and enacted, their measurement and content, and patterns of immigration and immigrant integration. Major areas of focus include Indigenous politics and reconciliation.

Gender, Sexuality & Family

Investigate the ways in which gender, sexuality, and family relationships shape individuals’ experiences and are, in turn, shaped by broader structural forces, like the nation-state and globalization.

Social Sciences research team to study sexual behaviour in Canada

A McMaster University Social Sciences research team has been awarded a five-year SSHRC Insight Grant in the amount of $272,536 to conduct the first extensive study of social policy, attitudes and sexual behaviour in Canada.

Oct 12, 2017

Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award

McMaster Sociology faculty Dr. Marisa Young has received the prestigious Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario, Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science.

Oct 12, 2017

Navigating the Risks of Speaking Out Against White Supremacy

On Friday, October 13, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm in Celebration Hall, Johnny Eric Williams will be speaking on the topic of "Navigating the Risks of Speaking Out Against White Supremacy". All are welcome.

Oct 05, 2017

McMaster PhD Candidate in sociology receives 2017 best student paper award

Julie Gouweloos, a PhD candidate in the Sociology department, was awarded the 2017 Student Paper Award for the Sexual Behaviour, Politics, and Communities Division at the Society for the Study of Social Problems conference in Montreal on August 12, 2017.

Sep 27, 2017

McMaster Sociology Prof. Tina Fetner explains why white supremacist groups are feeling emboldened

President Trump's failure to unequivocally condemn white supremacist activists last weekend undermines norms against racism and anti-Semitism, Prof. Fetner explains.

Aug 31, 2017

How acts of hate inspired a Muslim-Jewish sisterhood based on love

CBC news features Sociology PhD candidate, Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui, the co-founder of The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a group that brings Muslim and Jewish women together in sisterhood.

Aug 31, 2017

B.A. Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology is the study of individuals and groups in patterned behaviors. We study social processes and social institutions in areas such as the family, education, health, social inequality, immigration and race and ethnic relations, paid and unpaid work and politics. The goal of sociology is to help explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology is the study of individuals and groups in patterned behaviours. We study social processes and social institutions in areas such as the family, education, health, social inequality, immigration and race and ethnic relations, paid and unpaid work and politics. The goal of sociology is to help explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.

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Hons.B.A. Honours Sociology (Specialist Option) (B.A.)

Sociology is the study of individuals and groups in patterned behaviours. We study social processes and social institutions in areas such as the family, education, health, social inequality, immigration and race and ethnic relations, paid and unpaid work and politics. The goal of sociology is to help explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.

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Hons.B.A. Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts In Sociology and Another Subject

Sociology is the study of individuals and groups in patterned behaviours. We study social processes and social institutions in areas such as the family, education, health, social inequality, immigration and race and ethnic relations, paid and unpaid work and politics. The goal of sociology is to help explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.

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Hons.B.A. Combined Honours BA in Sociology (Specialist Option) and Another Subject

Sociology is the study of individuals and groups in patterned behaviours. We study social processes and social institutions in areas such as the family, education, health, social inequality, immigration and race and ethnic relations, paid and unpaid work and politics. The goal of sociology is to help explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.

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Minor Minor in Sociology

Sociology is the study of individuals and groups in patterned behaviours. We study social processes and social institutions in areas such as the family, education, health, social inequality, immigration and race and ethnic relations, paid and unpaid work and politics. The goal of sociology is to help explain the relationship between our personal experiences and the wider organization of society.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Sociology

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers a graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in our six areas of specialty. The program emphasizes the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

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M.A. Master of Arts in Sociology: Stream in Social Psychology

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers a graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in our six areas of specialty. The program emphasizes the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

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Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers a graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in our six areas of specialty. The program emphasizes the importance of good scholarship and trains students in current developments in the field of Sociology in Canada and internationally.

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