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Department of Anthropology

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Sociology student recognized for extraordinary community service by Ontario University Athletics

McMaster Maurauder, Kristian Ferreira is a leader on the soccer field, on the campus and in the community.

Nov 26, 2016

Kellie Leitch misses the point about immigration

The Department of Sociology's Dr. Vic Satzewich comments on Kellie Leitch's use of his book 'Points of Entry: How Canada’s Visa Officers Decide Who Gets' In' in Wednesday night’s Conservative leadership debate in an op-ed featured in The Globe and Mail.

Nov 11, 2016

Former McMaster Sociology M.A. student, appointed to the Canadian Senate

Tony Dean, ’80 M.A., Sociology is one of six senators appointed last week to fill vacancies in Ontario. Read the Globe and Mail article.

Nov 08, 2016

Sociologists comment on Canadian hockey development policy

McMaster University Department of Sociology's, Philip White, an expert in elite sport and social class, comments on Hockey Canada's role in making Canada's nation sport accessible for everyone in The Hamilton Spectator

Nov 08, 2016

How Canada Got It Right: The Regulation of Securitization in the U.S., Canada, and Spain

Guest Lecturer | Kimberly Pernell-Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 3:30pm – 5pm BSB 104

Oct 19, 2016

Reuben Hill Award 2016

McMaster Sociology faculty Dr. Marisa Young was the 2016 winner of the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

Sep 21, 2016

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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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. 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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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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