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Socio-Political

Contemporary Indigenous relations in Canada as expressed through gender, rights, socio-economic policy, and the justice system.

Culture

Understanding Indigenous knowledge systems and world views through spirituality, the arts, governance, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Health

Indigenous approaches to health and well-being, including how Canadian health policy impacts Indigenous communities.

Language

Indigenous values, beliefs, and customs of the Cayuga, Mohawk and Ojibwe languages, through the study of written and spoken forms.

Latest News & Items

Social Sciences Career Crawl: February 25 – March 22

A series of career events featuring alumni, profs, workshops, panels & more! Open to all Social Sciences students.

Feb 11, 2019

Social Sciences awarded close to half a million dollars in SSHRC funding

Ten researchers from McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences have been awarded a total of $478,661 in funding through the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The funding is being awarded through Insight Development Grants.

Jan 30, 2019

Vanessa Watts receives SSHRC Insight Development Grant to study Indigenous knowledge

Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Watts, whose research was successfully funded by the SSHRC Insight Development program.

Jan 30, 2019

Understanding Health Issues for Two-Spirited and Indigenous LGBTQ+ People; Resiliency and Social Determinants of Health

Dr. Randy Jackson and John R. Sylliboy will be speaking on Feb. 1, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.in MDCL 3023. Topics covered include: The Two-Spirit HIV/AIDS Wellness and Longevity Study The Wabanaki Two-Spirit Alliance: Addressing barriers in health through partnership building and collaboration including research.

Jan 17, 2019

Experience learning a whole new way

The Faculty of Social Sciences' Office of Experiential Education does a lot more than help students get work experience, find jobs and discover funding opportunities: It broadens their horizons and helps them learn to navigate the world as well-rounded professionals.

Jan 10, 2019

Is trying something new worth risking your GPA?

What if we told you that you can step outside of your comfort zone to try an elective course outside of your program with no risk to your GPA?* Now you can with McMaster Personal Interest Courses (PIC).

Jan 10, 2019

Hons.B.A.

Our Indigenous Studies Program brings the richness and depth of Indigenous knowledge and cultures to the classroom. The program, designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, allows students to explore the intellectual traditions of many Indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe of southern Ontario. Students will increase their understanding, awareness, and respect for Indigenous knowledge, spirituality, and social/political experience.

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Hons.B.A.

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B.A.

Students are able to complete a Combined Degree in Indigenous Studies that consists of 30 units of Indigenous Studies courses.

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Minor

Completed using available elective credits from an Honours Degree in another subject.

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