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Please Note: The undergraduate program in Social Science has been closed and will not be taking new students for Fall 2014 or later. This will not impact continuing students in the program.

New and Transfer students, 2014-15, please visit Interdisciplinary Social Science.


Study the relationship between culture, politics and the economy in Canadian and global contexts, while preparing for a career in a variety of fields, including social policy analysis, teaching, community-program coordination and human rights work.

Examine current public debates about social justice issues through intensive exposure to contemporary struggles in order to think critically about issues such as economic and social class disparities; work and health in local and global environments; race, racism, and anti-racism; gender and sexuality; education; and the relation of community, regional, national and global development.

In addition to fostering a strong theoretical understanding, the Social Science degree program is based on the belief that social analysis cannot be separated from social practice. As such, professors and many current students are actively engaged in the process of social change.

A solid grounding in research methods and theories, and building analytical skills prepares students to contribute to meaningful change in the world. Courses in the program focus on a broad range of issues such as the role of media, gender relations, institutions, social inequity and the legal system.

The Honours degree program is structured into five streams:

  1. Economy and Society
  2. Equity and Social Policy
  3. Equity and Culture
  4. Health, Work, and Society: Canadian and Global Perspectives
  5. Social Theory


  Study Plans


To make an appointment or to request course substitutions, please email Prof. Matthew H. Tegelberg at


Drop in Advising Hours with the Program Coordinator:

  • Please bring your completed check list to your advising appointment and a list of your completed courses. Please click here for check lists
  • Program Coordinator's office is located in Ross S717
  • Office Hours for Prof. Matthew Tegelberg are as follows:


                     Wednesday from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

                     Thursday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm



Professor Richard Wellen - Social Science at York University