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Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Aging and Society & Health and Society

Students will graduate with a double major and because much of the Health, Aging and Society curriculum is common, will still have the flexibility to take many interesting electives or use elective units towards the completion of a minor and/or one of three certificates (1. Applied Behaviour Analysis 2. Business Studies 3. Leadership and Management in the Not for Profit Sector)

Hons.B.A.Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Aging and Society & Health and Society

Students will graduate with a double major and because much of the Health, Aging and Society curriculum is common, will still have the flexibility to take many interesting electives or use elective units towards the completion of a minor and/or one of three certificates (1. Applied Behaviour Analysis 2. Business Studies 3. Leadership and Management in the Not for Profit Sector)

Graduates have been successful at finding careers in a range of health and/or aging fields, such as:

  • Health Policy/Social Policy Research
  • Project Coordinators
  • Care Coordinators
  • Volunteer Coordinators
  • Education Coordinators (i.e. Alzheimer’s Society)
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource
  • Administration Education
  • Recreation/Activation staff in Long-term care
  • Law
  • Public Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medicine Chiropractic School
  • Social Work 

Notes

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete HLTHAGE 2A03 and 3B03 or 3G03 to satisfy the Research Methods requirement of the degree, but may complete the Research Methods course(s) as required by the other subject and replace these with equal units of Health, Aging and Society or Course List courses. Given the extensive curriculum revisions that have been made, students are strongly encouraged to review course antirequisites in the Course Listings section of the Calendar.
  2. Students with prior credit in GERONTOL or HEALTHST courses may consult the Health, Aging and Society Administrator to determine eligibility toward degree requirements.
  3. Students may take a maximum of 15 units from GERONTOL Level IV and HEALTHST Level IV course lists. Please refer to "Requirements and Timelines" (below) for more details.

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. 

 12 units

3 units

3 units from either

3 units

  • SOCSCI 2J03 - Introduction to Statistics

 6 units

3 units from either

 6 units

from Level IV Aging and Society Course List:

 6 units

from Level IV Health and Society Course List:

 3 additional units

  • from either Level IV Aging & Society or Level IV Health & Society Course Lists

9 units

  • Course List or Health, Aging and Society 

36 units

  • Electives

Students start in either the Social Sciences Level 1 program or Health and Society I and apply to the Program at the end of their first year. Students must complete the requirements of a Level 1 program including HLTH AGE 1AA3 or 1ZZ3 and HLTH AGE 1BB3 .

Enrolment in this Academic Plan 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 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (C) including a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in HLTH AGE 1AA3 or 1ZZ3 and HLTH AGE 1BB3.

Any student seeking admission to a Level 2 program in the Faculty of Social Sciences for the following Fall/Winter session must submit an Application for Admission to Level 2 through the Mosaic Student Centre (“My Academics”; Program/Plan Selection application).

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.

Some awards of interest:

    The Barbara and Ronald Bayne Gerontology Internship Award The Karl Kinanen Alumni Prize In Gerontology The McMaster University Retirees Association Prize The Audrey Evelyn Mepham Award in Gerontology The Pioneer Energy LP Gerontology Prizes The Pioneer Energy LP Prizes The Retired Teachers of Ontario Hamilton/Haldimand District Prize In Gerontology

Some scholarships of interest:

    The McMaster University Retirees Association Scholarship The Pioneer Energy LP Scholarship The Ellen Bouchard Ryan Scholarship The Alvina Marie Werner Scholarship The Susan Farley Scholarship The Wouters Family Scholarship

 

Students are given the opportunity to be involved in affiliated research centres (i.e. Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging: www.aging.mcmaster.ca; Institute for Healthier Environments: www.mcmaster.ca/mieh/, etc.) and the Health, Aging & Society Student Association (HASSA): https://www.instagram.com/mcmaster.hassa.

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.

Course List

  • ANTHROP 2AN3 - The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
  • ANTHROP 2HI3 - Medical Anthropology
  • ANTHROP 2U03 - Plagues and People
  • ANTHROP 3C03 - Health and Environment: Anthropological Approaches
  • ANTHROP 3Y03 - Indigenous Community Health and Well-Being
  • ECON 2CC3 - Health Economics and its Application to Health Policy
  • ECON 3D03 - Labour Economics
  • ECON 3Q03 - The Economics of Aging
  • ECON 3Z03 - Health Economics
  • GEOG 2HI3 - Geographies of Health
  • GEOG 3HH3
  • GEOG 3HP3 - Population Growth and Aging
  • GEOG 4HD3 - Geographies of Disability
  • GEOG 4HH3 - Environment and Health
  • HISTORY 2EH3
  • HTHSCI 2G03 - Statistics & Epidemiology 1
  • INDIGST 3H03 - Indigenous Medicine I - Philosophy
  • INDIGST 3HH3 - Indigenous Medicine II - Practical
  • KINESIOL 3A03 - History of Exercise and Sports Medicine
  • KINESIOL 3S03
  • KINESIOL 3SS3
  • LABRST 3D03 - Work: Dangerous to your Health?
  • MUSIC 2MT3 - Introduction to the Practice of Music Therapy
  • PEACEST 3B03 - Peace-Building and Health Initiatives
  • PHILOS 2D03 - Bioethics
  • PHILOS 3C03 - Advanced Bioethics
  • PSYCH 2AP3 - Abnormal Psychology: Fundamentals and Major Disorders
  • PSYCH 3AG3 - Aging
  • PSYCH 3B03 - Special Populations
  • RELIGST 2C03
  • RELIGST 2ER3 - Religion, The Body, and the Machine
  • RELIGST 2M03 - Death and Dying: Comparative Views
  • RELIGST 2N03 - Death and Dying: The Western Experience
  • RELIGST 2MT3 - Asian Meditation Traditions
  • RELIGST 2WW3 - Health, Healing and Religion: Western Perspectives
  • RELIGST 2WX3 - Health, Healing and Religion: Comparative Views
  • SOCWORK 3C03 - Social Aspects of Health and Illness
  • SOCWORK 3O03 - Social Work and Sexualities
  • SOCWORK 4R03 - Feminist Approaches to Social Work and Social Justice
  • SOCIOL 3X03 - Sociology of Aging
  • SOCIOL 3CC3 - Sociology of the Family and the Life Cycle
  • SOCIOL 3G03 - Sociology of Health Care
  • SOCIOL 3HH3 - Sociology of Health
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For more information:
Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Health, Aging and Society, Undergraduate Program
Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH), Room 226
905-525-9140 ext. 27227
hasdept@mcmaster.ca
Length:
4 years
Required Credential:
Completion of any Level 1 program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 (C) and a final grade of at least 5.0 in both HLTH AGE 1AA3 or 1ZZ3 and HLTH AGE 1BB3.
Program Type:
Course-based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September