Career Options

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Support, Programs and Career Opportunities

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Social Sciences Student Career Support

Individual Career Support 

Career staff are here and ready to help you explore career options for Social Sciences graduates! 

Students can request a one-on-one appointment for career support in the following areas: 

  1. General career advice 
  2. Further education information 
  3. Resume critique 
  4. Cover letter critique 
  5. Job Search Strategies

Current students can book an appointment to speak with our Career Development Advisor

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Exchange Opportunities

Social Sciences students in honours programs are encouraged to take advantage of the amazing opportunity an academic exchange gives to broaden their horizons while continuing to study towards their McMaster degrees. Students can study for all or part of their third year at one of our more than 20 partner universities around the world.  

Learn more on McMaster’s Study Abroad website. 

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Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA)

USRAs support research partnerships between undergraduate students and faculty members in the Faculty of Social Sciences. USRA projects normally take place over 12 -16 weeks under the supervision of a faculty member, with students expected to devote 10-20 hours per week to research activities. The outcome of the USRA will be a research poster presented by the student at the annual USRA poster symposium.

This is an opportunity to build positive relationships with faculty members, gain academic employment, and develop the research skills and experience valued in graduate school.

Learn more about the USRA awards.


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Experiential Courses

We offer an array of program-specific experiential learning opportunities, including practicums and internships. In addition, we have unique upper-year courses that focus on leadership skills development and community engagement. These courses are open to students outside of the faculty.  

  • SOC SCI 2ELO – Introduction to Career Planning Through Experiential Learning 
  • SOC SCI 3EL3 – Leadership Through Experiential Learning 
  • SOC SCI 3F03 – Social Sciences In Action 

Interested in completing an Applied Social Science Experience through SOC SCI 3F03? Previous projects and placements have included: 

  • Research-based projects 
  • Law firm placements 
  • Theatre productions 
  • Museum placements 
  • Production workshops 
  • Video production and design projects 
  • School placements 
  • Studio placements

Learn more about our Experiential Courses.