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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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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

Canada welcomes refugees, but shuts the door on asylum seekers

Sociology professor, Vic Satzewich, writes opinion editorial in the Globe and Mail about asylum seekers.

Aug 11, 2017

Heart trumps height as volleyballer graduates a two-time Academic All-Canadian

At five-foot-six, Sociology student Seyar Karimi was unlikely to make the Marauders volleyball team. Then again, with a 65 per cent average in the last months of Grade 12, it seemed unlikely that he would attend university at all.

Jun 14, 2017

2017 McMaster University President’s Awards for Outstanding Service

It is with great pride that we congratulate Corinne Jehle, Administrative Assistant, Graduate Program, Department of Sociology on her recent McMaster University President's Award for Outstanding Service in 2017

Jun 02, 2017

Universities have a serious data gap on race

An op-ed co-authored by Sociologist Karen Robson explores the need to collect and understand statistical data required to monitor discrimination, identify and remove systemic barriers, and track progress towards substantive equality.

May 19, 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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