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Department of Anthropology

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Graduate Programs

A graduate experience that fosters close mentorship with faculty members who are leading scholars in the fields of Gender, Sexuality and Family; Political Sociology, Social Movements and Policy; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social Inequality; Social Psychology; and Sociology of Work and Occupations.


The department has close to 25 members. There is a strong research focus and we pride ourselves on the impact of our research. Our dynamic research program covers a wide range of sociological and interdisciplinary research.

Undergraduate Programs

We offer a wide variety of courses in such areas as culture, deviance, education, family, gender, ethnic and race relations, health and health care, media, methods, occupations, organizations, theory, sexualities, social inequality, technologies, and work. All Spring and Summer 2020 courses in the Department of Sociology will be taught in an Online format.

About Us

Discover the Department of Sociology. We are one of the largest departments on campus. The outstanding quality and diversity of our department is one of our greatest strengths.

Canada’s announcements about its border have not left international students with a sense of security

McMaster Sociology Ph.D. Student Carlo Handy Charles published his analysis of Canada’s border closure in The Conversation.
Mar 31, 2020

Marisa Young helps stressed-out families with work-life balance

When you ask Marisa Young about her research, she tells you about the nurse.
Mar 26, 2020

A message from Dean Hurley to the Faculty of Social Sciences

"You have shown immense diligence in your response to COVID-19 thus far. Thank you for working hard to create the supports needed for the next few weeks. I ask for your continued patience as we strive to adapt to this continuously evolving situation."
Mar 15, 2020

Dr. Dawne Moon’s talk “God, Sex, and Health,” March 11

Department of Sociology is co-sponsoring Dr. Dawne Moon’s talk on March 11
Feb 25, 2020

Condom nation

Researchers at McMaster University have peered into the most intimate moments of sexually active women and men across Canada to ask if they’re using condoms, all in an effort to gather data that could inform decisions around public health and sex education. What’s emerged is a blended picture of trends in the use of condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
Feb 25, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Robson!

Dr. Karen Robson has received an Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer grant.
Feb 10, 2020