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Social Sciences I, Economics I, Health and Society I

Social Sciences I

Choose your own adventure!

Ranked as one of the top Social Sciences Faculties in Canada, our programs offer you an educational experience of the highest quality. Our graduates enjoy considerable success, whether they enter the job market, become entrepreneurs, apply to professional schools, or pursue graduate studies.

First year in Social Sciences I is your the gateway to a degree program. First-year courses are designed to provide an overview of each discipline and to help you choose a program best suited to your interests.

The flexibility of the Level I program allows you to explore courses from a variety of disciplines.  In your first year, you must take at least 18 units of required Social Sciences courses from across 12 different departments in Social Sciences. The remaining 12 units of courses can be chosen from Social Sciences or other Faculties like Humanities or Science.

At the end of your first year, you will decide upon the discipline in which you would like to specialize for your degree.  Most programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences require completion of 6 units of course work (two half-year courses) in the discipline of choice and completion of a Level I program.

General admission requirements for Social Sciences Level I:

  • English 4U
  • 5 additional U or M courses
  • 77% to 80% or higher
  • ML OUAC application code
  • Target enrolment = 885 students

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Economics I

See the story behind the numbers.

This program provides direct entry into the Faculty of Social Sciences’ highly respected Economics program. Economics students become adept at analyzing problems faced by all sectors. You will develop sophisticated problem-solving, numeracy, research, communication and decision-making skills. These skills are critical for career success now as well as in future jobs that do not yet exist.

Outside of the core Economics I requirements, you’ll be able to explore other subjects in the Social Sciences and beyond. During Level I you can take 6 – 9 units of Social Sciences and a further 12 units of electives.

At the end of your first year, pick your Economics pathway.  Choose programs such as:

  • Honours Economics
  • Honours Economics and Mathematics
  • Honours Economics and Computer Sciences
  • Honours Economics Specialist Option which provides extra preparation for graduate school.

    You can also tailor a unique Combined Honours and include a minor too!

General admission requirements for Economics Level I:

  • English
  • Two mathematics courses from Advanced Functions, Calculus & Vectors and Data Management
  • 80% to 83% or higher
  • MLE OUAC application code
  • Target enrolment = 125 students

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Health and Society I

Medicine alone is not the answer.

Health and health care are evolving globally at a rapid pace. Finding solutions and maximizing opportunities requires an interdisciplinary approach.  This program prepares you to examine health and illness through the lens of the Social Sciences. Faculty are from many disciplines such as Geography, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Social Work, and more.  You’ll experience small classes with an emphasis on experiential education and community-partnered research.

You’ll have the space to explore other subjects in the Social Sciences and other faculties.  During Level I you can take 9 units of Social Sciences and a further 12 units of electives.

At the end of your first year, choose your degree pathway including:

  • Honours Aging & Society
  • Honours Health & Society
  • Honours Aging & Society, Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction
  • Honours Health & Society, Specialization in Mental Health and Addiction
  • Combined Honours in Aging & Society and Health & Society

You can further customize your degree with a minor, affiliated certificate, and more!

General admission requirements for Health and Society Level I:

  • English
  • 5 additional U or M courses
  • 80% to 83% or higher
  • MH OUAC application code
  • Target enrolment = 60 students

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Detailed Admission Requirements

Visit the McMaster Admissions website for detailed admission requirements based on the minimum average, English proficiency requirements, application information, required courses and other important information about students from your region.

For more information on application dates and deadlines or the admissions process visit future.mcmaster.ca

 

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