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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information for All Students

I don't have the pre-requisites for a course but still want to enrol in it. How do I get a waiver?

Students who do not have the pre-requisite for a course may be considered under special circumstances. A request can be made by emailing the Sociology Department (sociology@mcmaster.ca), providing an explanation of why the course would be of benefit.

Mosaic tells me a class is full. Am I able to obtain a seat by contacting the Department or the Instructor?

Once a class is full, no students may enroll in it. No waiting lists are maintained and the only option is to continue checking Mosaic until the end of Drop and Add in case a seat opens up.

I want to discuss my Student Advisement Report. Who do I see?

Visit the Social Sciences Faculty Office for a Drop in Advising appointment with an Academic Advisor

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Level IV Students

How many Level IV courses do I need to satisfy my degree requirements?

  • Honours Sociology students:  maximum of 9 units of Level IV courses   
  • Combined Honours students: a maximum of 6 units of Level IV courses

What happens if I take more Level IV courses than I need for my degree?

Mosaic will allow you enrol in additional courses, but you will not receive degree credit for them. It is your responsibility to ensure you have only enrolled in the courses that are required for your degree completion.

What is a directed Research course? How do I set one up?

Directed Research Courses (4M03, 4N03, 4MM6) are optional courses allowing students to individually research a specific topic under the guidance of a Sociology Faculty Supervisor.  Typically,  a student draws up a reading list in collaboration with an instructor, and negotiates a research project involving the writing of a research paper.  4MM6 may involve original research.  The instructor and student meet individually in the office of the instructor at different times throughout the course. 

Students are responsible for making arrangements with a faculty member willing to supervise this course.  It is advised that students approach faculty early  (at least one term prior to the course).

For guidance as to research topics or faculty expertise, please visit the research areas webpage

and review individual faculty web pages.   (Note:  Associate Members and Sessional Faculty are not eligible as instructors for directed research courses).

Once faculty approval has been obtained, contact the Sociology office  (sociology@mcmaster.ca) with the name of the instructor, your name, student number and the course you wish to register in (4M03, 4N03, 4MM6).   Special permission will be placed on MOSAIC allowing you to register.   

 
 

Contact the Sociology Office