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Department of Anthropology

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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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

Research cluster aims to enhance dialogue and networking among sociologists of education in Canada

Sociologists and education researchers from around the province recently gathered on the McMaster campus for the Second Annual Canadian Sociology of Education Conference.

Feb 17, 2017

Sociologists of Distinction

McMaster Sociologists nominated for the YWCA Hamilton Woman of Distinction Awards.

Feb 15, 2017

New research on immigrant earnings in Atlantic Canada

A new publication by Sociology faculty Lisa Kaida, compares the earnings of immigrants who settle in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver to those who settle in Atlantic Canada. Results indicate the returns to postgraduate degrees and foreign credentials on earnings are higher out East. What implications do these findings have for immigrant settlement policy?

Feb 10, 2017

Podcast | Do Same-sex and Straight Weddings Aspire to the Fairytale?

Sociology Professors Tina Fetner and Melanie Heath discuss their article, "Do Same-sex and Straight Weddings Aspire to the Fairytale? Women’s Conformity and Resistance to Traditional Weddings," which is published in the December 2016 issue of Sociological Perspectives.

Feb 07, 2017

Film explores dark legacy of colonization roads in Muskoka and beyond

Metroland Media quoted the Department of Sociology's Jeff Denis, who appears in a film about "colonization roads" that run through Muskoka and Parry Sound, and are the focus of a CBC documentary to be aired on Thurs., Jan. 26.

Jan 23, 2017

McMaster working with the City of Hamilton to help youth find pathways to higher education

Peer supporters from the City of Hamilton’s Xperience Annex program participated in a drop-in course taught by Social Sciences professor, Tina Fetner during this weeks visit to the McMatser campus.

Jan 20, 2017

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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