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Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Aging and Society and Another Subject

This degree program brings a multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging. Designed to foster an understanding of aging issues within and across different contexts, issues ranging from the individual experience of the aging process to the societal complexities of an aging population are examined both within the Canadian context and more broadly.

Hons.B.A.Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Aging and Society and Another Subject

This degree program brings a multidisciplinary approach to the study of aging. Designed to foster an understanding of aging issues within and across different contexts, issues ranging from the individual experience of the aging process to the societal complexities of an aging population are examined both within the Canadian context and more broadly.

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. See Admission to Level II Programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations in this section of the Calendar.
  2. Courses other than those listed below in the Course List may be substituted with the prior permission of the Chair. Students wishing to apply for substitutions must contact the Administrator of the Department of Health, Aging and Society.
  3. HLTHAGE 1AA3 - Introduction to Health and Society or HLTHAGE 1ZZ3 - Inquiry: Introduction to Health and Society must be completed by the end of 60 units, however students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement prior to the end of Level I. One of HLTHAGE 1AA3 or 1ZZ3 and 1BB3 are prerequisites for HLTHAGE 2BB3 which is a required course in Level II of the program.
  4. Students are strongly encouraged to complete HLTHAGE 2A03, 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.
  5. Students who register in HLTHAGE 4Z06 A/B may take a maximum of 12 units from HLTHAGE 4B03, 4C03, 4H03, 4I03, 4L03, 4N03, 4P03, 4U03, 4V03, 4W03, 4Z06 A/B. Otherwise, they may take a maximum of 9 units from HLTHAGE 4B034C034H034I034L034N034P034U03, 4V03, 4W03.

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

9 units

3 units

3 units

from

3-6 units

from

  • SOCSCI 2J03 - Introduction to Statistics
  • In combined programs within the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Research Methods/Statistics requirement specified for the other subject

3 units

3 units

from

9 or 12 units

As outlined below:

9 units

from

or

12 units

6 units

from

6 units

6 units

from

  • Course List or Health, Aging and Society

36 units

  • Courses as specified for the other subject

0-3 units

from

6-15 units

  • Electives

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

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 minimum Grade Point Average of 5.0 including a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in HLTHAGE 1BB3 and satisfaction of admission requirements for the Honours program in the other B.A. subject. 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. (HLTHAGE 1AA3 or 1ZZ3 must be completed by the end of Level II, however students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement in Level I).

Any student seeking admission to a Level II program in the Faculty of Social Sciences for the following Fall/Winter session must submit an Application for Admission to Level II through the Mosaic Student Centre (“My Academics”; Program/Plan Selection application) no later than April 30.

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 2HI3 - Medical Anthropology
  • ECON 2CC3 - Health Economics and its Application to Health Policy
  • ECON 3D03 - Labour Economics
  • ECON 3Q03 - The Economics of Aging
  • ECON 3Z03 - Health Economics
  • ENVSOCTY 2HI3 - Health and Place
  • ENVSOCTY 3HP3 - Population, Health and Aging
  • KINESIOL 3S03
  • KINESIOL 3SS3
  • PHILOS 2D03 - Bioethics
  • PHILOS 3C03 - Advanced Bioethics
  • RELIGST 2C03
  • PSYCH 3AG3 - Aging
  • SCAR 2M03 - Death and Dying: Comparative Views
  • SCAR 2N03 - Death and Dying: The Western Experience
  • SCAR 2WW3 - Health, Healing and Religion: Western Perspectives
  • SOCWORK 3C03 - Social Aspects of Health and Illness
  • SOCWORK 4L03
  • 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) including a grade of at least 5.0 (C) in HLTH AGE 1BB3
Program Type:
Course-based
Program Options:
Full-time, Part-time
Typical Entry:
September