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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
3 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level I program with a Cumulative Average of at least 3.5 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

Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Hons.B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
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

Honours Sociology (Specialist Option) (B.A.) (Hons.B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
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

Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts In Sociology and Another Subject (Hons.B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
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. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other BA subject
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Combined Honours BA in Sociology (Specialist Option) and Another Subject (Hons.B.A.)Degree Details

Length:
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. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other BA subject.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Minor in Sociology (Minor)Degree Details

Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrolment in an Honours program in another discipline.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time

Master of Arts in Sociology (M.A.)Degree Details

Length:
Coursework: 1 year; Major Research Paper: 1 year; Thesis: 18 months to 2 years
Required Credential:
Applicants with strong grades (at minimum, a B+ average in their third and fourth level courses in their major) who expect to have completed an honours degree in sociology, social psychology or a closely related social scientific field may be admitted as candidates for the MA degree. Students with substantial coursework in sociology from outside of the social sciences disciplines also will be considered. Please note admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based, Major Research Paper
Program Options:
Full-time

Master of Arts in Sociology: Stream in Social Psychology (M.A.)Degree Details

Length:
M.A. candidates accepted as regular graduate students ordinarily take one calendar year for the course-work option.
Required Credential:
Applicants with strong grades (at minimum, a B+ average in their third and fourth level courses in their major) who expect to have completed an honours degree in sociology, social psychology or a closely related social scientific field may be admitted as candidates for the MA degree. Students with substantial coursework in sociology from outside of the social sciences disciplines also will be considered. Please note admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (Ph.D.)Degree Details

Length:
4 years (max. 6 years)
Required Credential:
Master of Arts in Sociology or a related field; minimum A- average
Program Type:
Doctoral
Program Options:
Full-time

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.

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.

The strong research agenda of the Sociology department leads to excellence in the classroom, translating into current and engaging topics for study with a sound theoretical foundation. Students praise faculty for being approachable and appreciate the high quality of instruction they receive at McMaster.

90 units total (Levels 1 to III), of which 42 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) or SOCIOL 2S06 A/B

3 units SOCIOL 2Z03

9 units Level II Sociology

6 units Level III Sociology

36 units of electives, of which no more than 12 units may be from Sociology (the maximum Sociology courses to be taken is 36 units)

Completion of any Level I program with a Cumulative Average of at least 3.5 including a grade of at least C- 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.

Sociology Awards

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)

 

Academic Advising

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

2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses Apply Now
For more information:
General Sociology Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 24481
sociology@mcmaster.ca
Length:
3 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level I program with a Cumulative Average of at least 3.5 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:
September

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.

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.

The Department of Sociology offers two different Honours BA programs. They are the Honours Sociology BA and the Honours Sociology Specialist Option BA

Compare the two programs.

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 3FF3

3 units SOCIOL 4HH3

6 units from Level IV Sociology lecture course list

3 units from Level IV Sociology lecture, seminar, or directed research course lists

18 units Levels II or III Sociology, of which a maximum of 12 units may be level II

48 units of electives (of which no more than 12 units can be taken in Sociology)

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.

Sociology Awards

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)

Academic Advising

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

3FF3 - Introductory Statistics for Sociology

4HH3 - Sociology Students and the Work World

 

2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses Apply Now
For more information:
General Sociology Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 24481
sociology@mcmaster.ca
Length:
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:
September

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.

The Department of Sociology offers two different Honours BA programs. They are the Honours Sociology BA and the Honours Sociology Specialist Option BA. 

Compare the two programs.

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.

Sociology Awards

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)

Academic Advising

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

2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses Apply Now
For more information:
General Sociology Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 24481
sociology@mcmaster.ca
Length:
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:
September

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.

The strong research agenda of the Sociology department leads to excellence in the classroom, translating into current and engaging topics for study with a sound theoretical foundation. Students praise faculty for being approachable and appreciate the high quality of instruction they receive at McMaster.

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 4HH3

3 units Level IV Sociology lecture, seminar, or directed research course lists

18 units Levels II or III Sociology, of which a maximum of 12 units may be level II

36 units from courses specified for the other subject

6 units SOCIOL 2Z03 and SOCIOL 3FF3

18 units electives, of which no more than 9 units may be from Sociology (the maximum Sociology courses to be taken is 45 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. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other BA subject.

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.

Sociology Awards

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)

Academic Advising

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

3FF3 - Introductory Statistics for Sociology

4HH3 - Sociology Students and the Work World

2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses Apply Now
For more information:
General Sociology Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 24481
sociology@mcmaster.ca
Length:
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. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other BA subject
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September

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.

The strong research agenda of the Sociology department leads to excellence in the classroom, translating into current and engaging topics for study with a sound theoretical foundation. Students praise faculty for being approachable and appreciate the high quality of instruction they receive at McMaster.

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 3A03 or SOCIOL 3P03

3 units SOCIOL 3O03 or SOCIOL 3W03

3 units SOCIOL 4FF3

3 units from Level IV Sociology seminar course list

3 units from Level IV Sociology seminar, lecture, or directed research course lists

15 units Levels II or III Sociology

36 units from courses specified for the other subject

6 units SOCIOL 2Z03 and SOCIOL 3FF3 or in combined programs within the Faculty of Social Sciences, the six units Research Methods/Statistics course specified for the other subject.

18 units electives, of which no more than 9 units may be from Sociology (the maximum Sociology courses to be taken is 51 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. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other BA subject.

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.

Sociology Awards

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)

Academic Advising

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

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For more information:
General Sociology Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 24481
sociology@mcmaster.ca
Length:
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. Satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other BA subject.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September

MinorMinor 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.

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.

The strong research agenda of the Sociology department leads to excellence in the classroom, translating into current and engaging topics for study with a sound theoretical foundation.  Students praise faculty for being approachable and appreciate the high quality of instruction they receive at McMaster. 

24 units total

 

3-6 units SOCIOL 1Z03 or SOCIOL 1A06 A/B

18-21 units Levels II or III Sociology, of which at least 9 units are Level III Sociology

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.

Academic Advising

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.

1Z03 – An Introduction to Sociology

2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Understanding Level 1 Internships & Experiential Education McMaster / Mohawk Affiliated Certificates Soc Sci Courses
For more information:
General Sociology Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 24481
sociology@mcmaster.ca
Length:
N/A
Required Credential:
Enrolment in an Honours program in another discipline.
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
N/A

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.

The Graduate Program specializes in the following areas:

  • Social Inequality
  • Sociology of Gender, Sexuality and Family
  • Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Political Sociology and Social Movements

The MA degree can be obtained in one of three ways: through the coursework option, through the major research paper option or through the thesis option. The coursework option exposes students to a wide variety of specializations in Sociology and provides a solid grounding for those interested in more advanced study in Sociology. The major research paper option gives students the opportunity to strengthen their general training in Sociology and to plan and execute a major research paper. The thesis option allows students to closely study a particular area and topic. When choosing this option, students are strongly advised to have a clearly defined thesis topic prior to entering the program.

The coursework option requires that students take eight courses (courses are one term, or four months, in length), including one course in theory and one course in methods. Courses may not be taken at the 600 level with the exception of Sociology 6Z03. Students may optionally take one Sociology supervised research course (730 or 731). Students are permitted to enrol in one course outside of the department provided it is not a supervised research course.

The major research paper option requires the satisfactory completion of six courses (courses are one term or four months in length) including one course in theory and one course in methods.  Courses may not be taken at the 600 level with the exception of Sociology 6Z03. As independent study is incorporated into this path, students may not use a supervised research course (730 or 731) to fill course requirements. Students are permitted to enrol in one course outside of the department provided it is not a supervised research course. Students are expected to complete three courses and have a research proposal approved by their supervisor in the first term of studies. Typically, the major research paper will be written during the summer term.

The thesis option requires the satisfactory completion of four one-term courses and a written thesis. All students must pass one 700 level theory course (750 or 751) and one 700 level research methods course (740,742,743). Courses may not be taken at the 600 level with the exception of Sociology 6Z03. As independent study is incorporated into this path, students may not use a supervised research course (730 or 731) to fill course requirements. Students are not permitted to enrol in a course outside of the department. Students are expected to complete three courses and have a thesis proposal approved by their committee in the first term of studies.

MA candidates accepted as regular graduate students ordinarily take one calendar year for the course-work option or major research paper option and 18 months to two years for the M.A. thesis-option.

 Detailed information on the admissions and application process and frequently asked questions

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers financial support of incoming graduate students to help them to excel at their studies and to complete their graduate programs in a timely manner. Funding for graduate study usually comprises a combination of monies from graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Many current and incoming graduate students receive additional funding from external agencies (see below).

Applicants are advised to apply for federal scholarships (not applicable for international applicants).

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program 
All Master's applicants should apply for this federal scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements. Deadline: December 1, 2017. Please choose McMaster as one of your five choices for University.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
If you are currently in a Master's program, you are required to apply via your home university. Check with your current department for the internal deadline; typically it is in October.

Alternatively, students in health related research (social psychology) may want to apply to the Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Awards.

SOCIOL 6Z03 / Introduction to Social Statistics

SOCIOL 700 / Selected Topics in Sociology I

SOCIOL 701 / Selected Topics in Sociology II

SOCIOL 702 / Selected Topics in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 704 / Deviance and Social Problems

SOCIOL 705 / Sociology of Organizations

SOCIOL 710 / Introduction to Research Design in Sociology

SOCIOL 711 / Sociological Perspectives in Social Psychology

SOCIOL 713 / Social Inequality

SOCIOL 714 / Political Sociology

SOCIOL 716 / Sociology of Education

SOCIOL 718 / Sociology of Work and Occupations

SOCIOL 719 / Sociology of Health and Health Care

SOCIOL 720 / Sociology of Aging

SOCIOL 730 / Supervised Research Course

SOCIOL 731 / Supervised Research Course in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 740 / Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 742 / Qualitative Methods

SOCIOL 743 / Historical Methods

SOCIOL 750 / Classical Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 751 / Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 755 / Individual and Society

SOCIOL 758 / Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SOCIOL 759 / Sociology of Gender

SOCIOL 761 / Topics in Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 770 / Advanced Analysis of Survey Data

Sociology Graduate Handbook School of Graduate Studies Application FAQs Apply Now
For more information:
General Graduate Studies and Admission Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 23613
socgrad@mcmaster.ca
Length:
Coursework: 1 year; Major Research Paper: 1 year; Thesis: 18 months to 2 years
Required Credential:
Applicants with strong grades (at minimum, a B+ average in their third and fourth level courses in their major) who expect to have completed an honours degree in sociology, social psychology or a closely related social scientific field may be admitted as candidates for the MA degree. Students with substantial coursework in sociology from outside of the social sciences disciplines also will be considered. Please note admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission
Program Type:
Thesis, Course Based, Major Research Paper
Program Options:
Full-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
January 15

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.

The M.A. Sociology with stream in Social Psychology can be completed by a coursework option.   The coursework option requires the satisfactory completion of eight one-term courses. All students must pass one 700 level theory course (750 or 751) and one 700 level research methods course (740, 742, 743). In addition, students must complete two courses relating to social psychology: 702, 704, 711, 718, 755, 758.  Courses may not be taken at the 600 level with the exception of Sociology 6Z03. Students may optionally take one Sociology supervised research course (730 or 731). Students are permitted to enrol in one course outside of the department provided it is not a supervise research course. Students declare their intention to pursue the stream by the end of the second term while in the programme.

M.A. candidates accepted as regular graduate students ordinarily take one calendar year for the course-work option.

 Detailed information on the admissions and application process and frequently asked questions

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers financial support of incoming graduate students to help them to excel at their studies and to complete their graduate programs in a timely manner. Funding for graduate study usually comprises a combination of monies from graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Many current and incoming graduate students receive additional funding from external agencies (see below).

Applicants are advised to apply for federal scholarships (not applicable for international applicants).

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program 
All Master's applicants should apply for this federal scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements. Deadline: December 1, 2017. Please choose McMaster as one of your five choices for University.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
If you are currently in a Master's program, you are required to apply via your home university. Check with your current department for the internal deadline; typically it is in October.

Alternatively, students in health related research (social psychology) may want to apply to the Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Awards.

 

SOCIOL 6Z03 / Introduction to Social Statistics

SOCIOL 700 / Selected Topics in Sociology I

SOCIOL 701 / Selected Topics in Sociology II

SOCIOL 702 / Selected Topics in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 704 / Deviance and Social Problems

SOCIOL 705 / Sociology of Organizations

SOCIOL 710 / Introduction to Research Design in Sociology

SOCIOL 711 / Sociological Perspectives in Social Psychology

SOCIOL 713 / Social Inequality

SOCIOL 714 / Political Sociology

SOCIOL 716 / Sociology of Education

SOCIOL 718 / Sociology of Work and Occupations

SOCIOL 719 / Sociology of Health and Health Care

SOCIOL 720 / Sociology of Aging

SOCIOL 730 / Supervised Research Course

SOCIOL 731 / Supervised Research Course in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 740 / Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 742 / Qualitative Methods

SOCIOL 743 / Historical Methods

SOCIOL 750 / Classical Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 751 / Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 755 / Individual and Society

SOCIOL 758 / Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SOCIOL 759 / Sociology of Gender

SOCIOL 761 / Topics in Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 770 / Advanced Analysis of Survey Data

Sociology Graduate Handbook School of Graduate Studies Application FAQs Apply Now
For more information:
General Graduate Studies and Admission Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 23613
socgrad@mcmaster.ca
Length:
M.A. candidates accepted as regular graduate students ordinarily take one calendar year for the course-work option.
Required Credential:
Applicants with strong grades (at minimum, a B+ average in their third and fourth level courses in their major) who expect to have completed an honours degree in sociology, social psychology or a closely related social scientific field may be admitted as candidates for the MA degree. Students with substantial coursework in sociology from outside of the social sciences disciplines also will be considered. Please note admission is competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
January 15

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.

The Graduate Program specializes in the following areas:

  • Social Inequality
  • Sociology of Gender, Sexuality and Family
  • Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Race, Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Political Sociology and Social Movements

The requirements of the Ph.D. programme consist of:

  • seven graduate courses beyond the M.A. These courses must:

(a) meet the methodology requirement (this includes the fulfilment of two methods requirements [quantitative and qualitative or historical]) (see C, below)

(b) meet the theory requirement (see D, below)

(c) include two quarter courses on professional development

(d) include at least two regularly scheduled 700-level courses offered by the Department in addition to those taken to meet the methodology and theory requirements

(e) optionally include no more than one Sociology supervised research course (730 or 731) (f) optionally include no more than one graduate course offered by another McMaster department or by a Sociology Department in another university

  • other than Sociology 6Z03, no 600-level courses are permitted
  • fulfilment of two methods requirements (quantitative and qualitative or historical)
  • the completion of comprehensive examinations in two special areas
  • in some cases a foreign language proficiency examination
  • an approved one-page dissertation abstract
  • an approved proposal for a Ph.D. dissertation; and,
  • the writing and oral defense of a Ph.D. dissertation consisting of original research.

 

Detailed regulations for the Ph.D. are contained in the department Handbook. Others are provided in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these regulations, and are subject to all regulations which were in effect at the time they entered the programme.

 Detailed information on the admissions and application process and frequently asked questions

The Department of Sociology at McMaster University offers financial support of incoming graduate students to help them to excel at their studies and to complete their graduate programs in a timely manner. Funding for graduate study usually comprises a combination of monies from graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Many current and incoming graduate students receive additional funding from external agencies (see below).

Applicants are advised to apply for federal scholarships (not applicable for international applicants).

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's Program 
All Master's applicants should apply for this federal scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements. Deadline: December 1, 2017. Please choose McMaster as one of your five choices for University.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships, and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships.
If you are currently in a Master's program, you are required to apply via your home university. Check with your current department for the internal deadline; typically it is in October.

Alternatively, students in health related research (social psychology) may want to apply to the Canadian Institute of Health Research Doctoral Research Awards.

SOCIOL 6Z03 / Introduction to Social Statistics

SOCIOL 700 / Selected Topics in Sociology I

SOCIOL 701 / Selected Topics in Sociology II

SOCIOL 702 / Selected Topics in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 704 / Deviance and Social Problems

SOCIOL 705 / Sociology of Organizations

SOCIOL 710 / Introduction to Research Design in Sociology

SOCIOL 711 / Sociological Perspectives in Social Psychology

SOCIOL 713 / Social Inequality

SOCIOL 714 / Political Sociology

SOCIOL 716 / Sociology of Education

SOCIOL 718 / Sociology of Work and Occupations

SOCIOL 719 / Sociology of Health and Health Care

SOCIOL 720 / Sociology of Aging

SOCIOL 724 / Doctoral Research and Professional Development Part 1

SOCIOL 725 / Doctoral Research and Professional Development Part 2

SOCIOL 730 / Supervised Research Course

SOCIOL 731 / Supervised Research Course in Sociological Approaches to Social Psychology

SOCIOL 740 / Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 742 / Qualitative Methods

SOCIOL 743 / Historical Methods

SOCIOL 750 / Classical Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 751 / Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOCIOL 755 / Individual and Society

SOCIOL 758 / Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SOCIOL 759 / Sociology of Gender

SOCIOL 761 / Topics in Statistical Methods for Social Research

SOCIOL 770 / Advanced Analysis of Survey Data

Sociology Graduate Handbook School of Graduate Studies PhD Comprehensive Exam Application FAQ's Apply Now
For more information:
General Graduate Studies and Admission Inquiries
KTH 627
905-525-9140 ext. 23613
socgrad@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years (max. 6 years)
Required Credential:
Master of Arts in Sociology or a related field; minimum A- average
Program Type:
Doctoral
Program Options:
Full-time
Typical Entry:
September
Current Deadline:
January 15