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The NEW Interdisciplinary Social Science Degree (ISS)

The Interdisciplinary Social Science degree program (ISS), offered by the Department of Social Science, provides students with a solid grounding in interdisciplinary social science research methods and critical social theory.

Students have the opportunity to explore courses from a range of progressive fields including: Work and Labour Studies, Development Studies, Health and Society, Urban Studies and/or African Studies. These courses critically examine historical and contemporary issues from interdisciplinary perspectives, relating them to social and political thought, social justice and diversity, sustainability and the environment, identity and social exclusion, diaspora and global development.

In addition to fostering strong theoretical and methodological training, the ISS program grounds itself with the belief that social analysis cannot be separated from social practice. Professors and many students affiliated with the program are actively engaged in fostering social change.

A degree in ISS will benefit students interested in studying all aspects of social scientific inquiry in Canadian and global contexts. Our degree programs prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the public and private sector, as well as in the volunteer and community sector. Students may pursue careers in social policy, law, labour relations journalism, social advocacy and community relations. 

Students are strongly encouraged to combine their ISS degree with another Major or Minor program, either within the Department of Social Science or outside it.

Students may choose between one of  four different degrees:

  1. BA: 90 Credits
  2. Honours BA: 120 Credits
  3. Honours Double Major BA: 120 Credits
  4. Honours Major/Minor BA: 120 Credits (where the Major is Interdisciplinary Social Science)
Students who choose an Honours degree option must choose from an approved list of Theory Courses as part of the degree requirements.


The Program Coordinator, Prof. Matthew Tegelberg can be reached via email at

**Students who are currently Social Science degree Majors, prior to 2014-2015, please continue to follow the old program requirements. For more information please visit the SOSC website.

For The Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS) Degree Program Mini Calendar for 2015/2016 please click here