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Honours Social Psychology

Social Psychology explores the relationship between individuals and society – how individuals are shaped by the societies they live in, and how they interact to create and change those societies.

Social psychology brings together psychology’s traditional concern with individual behavior and sociology’s concern for interaction and group life.

A unique feature of McMaster’s Social Psychology program is its multidisciplinarity. In addition to courses in psychology and sociology, students can select courses in a wide range of social science disciplines (ex. political science, anthropology, religious studies, Indigenous studies, economics etc.) that deal in one way or another with the individual-society link.

Some of the issues that social psychologists study include:

  • Romantic, friendship, and family relationships
  • Intergroup relations
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Crime, deviance and stigma
  • Sexuality
  • How individuals develop a sense of self and identity
  • Small-group dynamics
  • Social networking
  • The impact of social inequalities (race, class, gender)
  • Prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping
  • How individuals negotiate their everyday lives
  • Emotion and motivation
  • Attitudes and persuasion
  • Collective movements 
  • Prosocial and antisocial behaviour

What can I do with a Social Psychology Degree?

The easiest way to answer is this question is to describe what some of the students who have graduated from our program are doing now. 

Meet some of our graduates and read about their chosen careers

Thinking about coming to McMaster University?

Learn about the admission requirements for the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Honours Social Psychology Program.

Learn more about the Honours Social Psychology Program