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Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology

How do people come to be who they are? How do people think about, influence and relate to one another? How do individuals experience their social realities? These are the broad questions that social psychology strives to answer. Among the themes that social psychology students explore are self-presentation and impression management, identity, emotions, social interaction, conformity and obedience, deviance and labeling, and collective action and social movements.

Hons.B.A.Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology

How do people come to be who they are? How do people think about, influence and relate to one another? How do individuals experience their social realities? These are the broad questions that social psychology strives to answer. Among the themes that social psychology students explore are self-presentation and impression management, identity, emotions, social interaction, conformity and obedience, deviance and labeling, and collective action and social movements.

Provides preparation for professional programs. May be eligible for some interdisciplinary M.A. programs. Students must research the graduate school requirements and ensure that they include requisite courses in their program.

Since Social Psychology concerns the study of human behaviour, there are job opportunities for social psychology majors in virtually every type of employment setting, including educational institutions, non-profit organizations, corporations, government, and hospitals. Careers can include teaching, research, counselling (not just career counselling, but also mental health, crisis counselling etc.), occupational therapy, community organizing, management, human resources, labour relations, conflict resolution, marketing, policy analysis, strategic planning, correctional services, voluntary services, etc.

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

SOC PSY 2K03 - Research Methods for the Social Sciences
SOC PSY 2YY3 - Perspective and Theories of Social Psychology in the Social Sciences

3 units

SOC SCI 2J03 - Introduction to Statistics

3 units

SOC PSY 2L03 - Contemporary Issues in Social Psychology
SOC PSY 2M03 - The Multidisciplinary of Social Psychology

6 units

SOC PSY 3Y03 - Advanced Inquiry in Social Psychology
SOC PSY 3ZZ3 - Complex Problems from A Multidisciplinary Social Psychology Perspective

3 units

SOC PSY 3B03 - Social Issues as Lived Experience
SOC PSY 3D03 - Exploring Social Psychological Perspectives

6 units

SOC PSY 4ZZ6 - Integrative Studies in Social Psychology

6 units

from the Level 4 Course List

15 units

Psychology from the Psychology - Sociology Course List

15 units

Sociology from the Psychology - Sociology Course List

9 units

the Multidisciplinary Course List of which at least six units must be from Level III

18 units

Electives

Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Cumulative Average of at least 5.0 including a grade of at least C in SOC PSY 1Z03 and successful completion of either PSYCH 1F03 or PSYCH 1X03, and SOCIOL 1A06 A/B. For continuation in the program, see the section on Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations.

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.

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For more information:
Honours Social Psychology Program
KTH 212
905-525-9140 ext. 22241
socpsy@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Program Type:
Course Based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September