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.
Students graduate from our programs with the academic knowledge, research and work-related skills that equip them to adapt and successfully deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life. Sociology students learn to be reflective thinkers, practicing problem-solving and critical thinking skills commonly sought by employers.
120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I
30 units from the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program
6 units SOCIOL 2KK3 and SOCIOL 2LL3
3 units SOCIOL 2Z03
3 units SOCIOL 3A03 or SOCIOL 3P03
3 units SOCIOL 3FF3
3 units SOCIOL 3O03 or SOCIOL 3W03
3 units SOCIOL 4FF3
6 units from Level IV Sociology seminar or directed research course lists
3 units from Level IV Sociology seminar, lecture, or directed research course lists
18 units Levels II or III Sociology
42 units of electives, of which no more than 12 units may be from Sociology (the maximum Sociology courses to be taken is 60 units)
Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0, including a grade of at least C in SOCIOL 1Z03 or SOCIOL 1A06 A/B.
Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards
All undergraduate students accepted for admission to McMaster University are automatically considered for a McMaster University entrance award. Additional entrance awards, in-course scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial assistance is available to you at various stages of their undergraduate careers.
Each scholarship, bursary, Government Aid or Work Study Program a has its own unique application process and requirements. More information on financial aid visit the Student Financial Aid & Scholarship (SFAS) Office.
Excerpt from Undergraduate Calendar Award Pages
(B) = awards for full-time in-course students
(C) = awards for part-time, in course students
(E) = Awards for Graduating Students
(G) = Academic Grants
The Frank E. Jones Prize (SS)
Established in 1982 in honour of Professor F.E. Jones for his outstanding contributions to the Department of Sociology. To be awarded to the full-time student with the highest Cumulative Average in an Honours program in Sociology.
Value: $100 (50020) (E)
The Betty MacMillan Prize (SS)
Established in 1960 by her classmates in memory of Elizabeth Johnstone MacMillan (Class of '50). To be awarded to the student who has completed Level I and 60 to 75 units in an Honours program in Sociology and who, in the judgment of the Department of Sociology, is the most promising student.
Value: $150 (30010) (B)
The Lianne Marks Scholarship (SS)
Established by her family, in 1980 as a bursary and in 1985 as a scholarship, in honour of Lianne Marks, a student at McMaster University (1977-80). To be awarded to a student who has completed Level I and 60 to 75 units of an Honours program in Sociology and who, in the judgment of the Department of Sociology, has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and has made notable contribution to the campus or community by participation in activities other than sports.
Value: $800 (30100 102) (B)
Students who wish to be considered for this award are encouraged to submit a resume to the Department of Sociology by April 15th.
The McMaster Amicus Academic Grant in Sociology (SS)
Established in 2014 by a Bachelor of Arts alumnus (Class of ‘85). To be granted to a student who has completed at least Level II of a Sociology program with a high Fall/Winter Average and who demonstrates financial need.
Value: $1000 (85070) (G)
The Jack Richardson Memorial Scholarship (SS)
Established in 2002 in memory of Jack Richardson by family, friends and colleagues. To be awarded to a part-time student who has completed at least Level II in an Honours Sociology program and who attains the highest Cumulative Average at the most recent review.
Value: $400 (60013) (C)
The Sociology Prizes (SS)
Established in 1982. Two prizes to be awarded to students with the highest Cumulative Averages: (a) one to a student who has completed the three-level program in Sociology on a full-time basis; and (b) one to a student who has completed a program in Sociology primarily on a part-time basis.
Value: $100 each (50051) (E)
The Academic Advising office is run through the Office of the Associate Dean. The primary goal of the Advising Office is to provide all Social Sciences undergraduate students with the information and guidance they need to succeed in their academic careers.
Advisors can help you make the right academic decisions by explaining policies and regulations as well as presenting different options and supports available in your studies.
An academic advisor can assist you with:
- Course requirements, dropping and adding courses
- Program selection, application and changes
- Studying abroad
- Transfer credits
- Petitions for missed term work, deferred examinations and special consideration
- Appeals procedures
- Referral to other campus services
Learn more about Academic Advising in the Social Sciences.
2KK3 - Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory
2LL3 - Introduction to Contemporary Sociological Theory
2Z03 – Introduction to Sociological Research
3A03 – Advanced Analysis of Classical Sociological Theory OR 3P03 – Advanced Analysis of Contemporary Sociological Theory
3FF3 - Introductory Statistics for Sociology
3O03 – Qualitative Research Methods OR 3W03 – Historical Methods in Sociology
4FF3 - Applications of Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
- For more information:
General Sociology Inquiries
905-525-9140 ext. 24481
- 4 years
- Required Credential:
- Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0, including a grade of at least C in SOCIOL 1Z03 or SOCIOL 1A06 A/B.
- Program Type:
- Course Based
- Program Options:
- Full-time, Part-time
- Typical Entry: