Programs

A Social Sciences degree from Brock prepares you for a range of career options, and nurtures visionaries who will have great impact on advancing humanity and making the world a better place.

In the Faculty of Social Sciences, we encourage and support our students to develop a better understanding of how cultural, economic, political, psychological and social phenomena influence human behaviour.

Discover what program is best suited for you.

APPLIED DISABILITY STUDIES

The Mission of the Department of Applied Disability Studies is to educate students who will be agents of change to help better the lives of people in our community and beyond with a focus on persons with disabilities and underserved populations, we strive to contribute knowledge and improve services by conducting cutting edge basic and applied research, and by providing transdisciplinary, quality postgraduate education to the next generation of professionals, researchers and educators, and experienced professionals in the field. Faculty are internationally respected in disability studies and Applied Behaviour Analysis.

  • Master of Arts in Applied Disability Studies (MA)
  • Master of Applied Disability Studies (MADS)
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Disability Studies

Students in our MA, MADS and Diploma programs choose to specialize in either Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) or Leadership, Diversity, Community, and Culture (LDCC).

APPLIED LINGUISTICS

Are you interested in how children acquire language, how the skills of second-language speakers develop, how various language disorders can be diagnosed and treated, or how social or cultural environments interact with language?

In our program, you’ll gain a strong foundation in linguistics, hands-on fieldwork, clinical observation, teaching practice and practical workshops to supplement your academic courses.

  • BA in Applied Linguistics
  • BA in Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language (Co-op option available)
  • BA in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
  • Combined majors in Child and Youth Studies or English Language and Literature
  • Certificates in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Minor in Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Linguistics with a Specialization in Teaching English as a Second/Subsequent/Foreign Language (TESL)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Linguistics (General)

Graduates of this professional program will be well-prepared to become TESL professionals, practicing in Canada or abroad AND/OR prepared for future graduate pursuits in fields related to Applied Linguistics, including Speech Language Pathology.

CHILD & YOUTH STUDIES

Learn and think about children, childhood and youth through diverse lenses. Our unique program draws on psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, and criminology – among other disciplines – to really understand young people and their perspectives.

This theoretical and practical training offers an approach to understanding children, childhood and youth that includes: diversity, inequality, exceptionalities, families, cultures, social worlds, schools, peers, communities, popular and media culture, and international issues that span the globe. This wide-ranging knowledge base opens up doors to working with young people in a variety of capacities.

  • Child and Youth Studies
  • Concurrent Child and Youth Studies BA (Honours)/B.Ed (Primary/Junior)
  • Combined majors in Applied Linguistics, Geography, Psychology or Sociology
  • Minor in Child and Youth Studies
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Child and Youth Studies
  • PhD in Child and Youth Studies

Our multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary programs bring together talented students and faculty dedicated to advancing research and practice about children and young people.

COMMUNICATION, POPULAR CULTURE & FILM

Business Communication – This program aims to equip students with a sound theoretical basis for analyzing and practicing communication within the business environment. You may also study how digital technologies impact human communication in our concentration in Digital Culture.

Film Studies – Brock has the oldest, and one of the most distinguished, film studies programs in Canada. The program focuses on critical and historical courses that examine a variety of approaches to film and related media.

Media and Communication Studies – This program focuses on the impact of media and communication in the creation of meaning, identity and social change. The program emphasizes the study of media content, audiences and institutions in their political, economic and social contexts in Canada and elsewhere.

Popular Culture – This program explores issues in popular culture from a multidisciplinary perspective. You’ll take a series of critical and historical courses examining a wide range of mass-mediated and non mass-mediated forms of popular culture. These include television, popular music, gaming, advertising, social media, sports, fairs and carnivals, literature, and film in their political, historical, economic and aesthetic contexts.

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Popular Culture

The study of Popular Culture focuses on the communicative practices and experiences of everyday life considered within their cultural, economic, political and social contexts.

ECONOMICS

The Department of Economics at Brock University is committed to the advancement and dissemination of economic knowledge through research and high-quality education at all levels, in an atmosphere of active learning and hands-on experiences.

Our highly dedicated, award-winning faculty members and programs offer rigorous training in both theory and applications in various areas of economics. Our diverse courses prepare students for either graduate school or the workplace in financial institutions, government and private agencies.

  • Economics (Co-op option available)
  • Business Economics (Co-op option available)
  • International Political Economy
  • Combined major in Business, Computer Science, Geography, Labour Studies or Mathematics
  • Minor in Economics
  • Articulation agreement: Economics and Labour Studies (George Brown College)
  • Master of Business Economics (MBE)

An interdisciplinary program offered by the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Social Science in collaboration with the Goodman School of Business.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Environmental Sustainability seeks to protect the natural environment and ecological health while maintaining or improving the quality of human life.

This minor allows students to gain the core skills necessary for problem-solving in the contemporary era, where business and governments adhere to new environmental legislation, organizations are concerned with conservation, and society responds to environmental changes. Students in any discipline may obtain the minor by completing the required credits within online course options available. With a minor in Environmental Sustainability, you will have the opportunity to study sustainability issues from a transdisciplinary perspective – thinking outside the traditional boundaries of your discipline – and gain practical insight into how Canada and the world are moving forward to address these issues.

  • Minor in Environmental Sustainability
  • Master of Sustainability

Our program aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability by offering high-quality graduate education. Enriching research and applied experiences, and engagement in problem-solving through innovative pedagogy.

GEOGRAPHY & TOURISM

Geography – Study Geography in Niagara, one of the world’s most diverse social and natural landscapes.

Geographers look at the world from a unique perspective, one that bridges the social and natural sciences. Our programs are designed to combine theory and practical experience to train you in Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Geomatics.

Tourism Studies – Study tourism in Niagara, one of the world’s premier travel destinations and home to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Our program is designed to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving industry, incorporating principles of sustainability (economic, environmental, social and political) in tourism management and planning. Within the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies, our program examines such questions as: Can we balance the economic benefits of tourism with the negative consequences of pollution, loss of biodiversity, economic inequality and unsuitable cultural change?

  • BA/B.Sc Geography (Co-op option available)
  • Concurrent BA Geography/B.Ed and B.Sc Geography/B.Ed
  • Geography combined major with Biological Sciences, Child and Youth Studies, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Economics or Labour Studies
  • Minor in Geography
  • Tourism and Environment (Co-op option available)
  • Tourism Management Stream (Co-op option available)
  • Minor in Tourism Studies
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Geography

Offers students an advanced education in geographical approaches to understanding social and human/environment relations.

LABOUR STUDIES

Work defines so much of our lives — our position in society, our economic well-being, even our self-image. Labour Studies is an interdisciplinary field and is home to popular courses, including Labour of Sport, Labour and Employment Law, Animals at Work, and our simulation-based Collective Bargaining course.

You’ll find a mix of theoretical and applied courses designed to prepare you for a wide range of careers in labour and employment relations, workplace education and training, public policy and administration, and social justice and advocacy.

  • Labour Studies (Co-op option available)
  • Combined major with Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology or Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Certificate in Labour Studies
  • Concentration in Labour Studies
  • Minor in Labour Studies
  • Articulation agreements: George Brown College agreements with Economics, History, Political Science or Sociology

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Our program looks at five key areas. In Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations, you’ll examine power relationships and the organization of power within and among states. The study of Public Policy asks how policies are made and implemented in the complex machinery of government. Political Theory/ Philosophy asks how power ought to be organized and to what end.

The concentration in Public Law is a superb pre-law program for those intending to pursue a legal career. The co-op in Public Administration is designed for those who seek employment in the federal, provincial or municipal levels of government. The co-op in Political Science is designed for those with broader interests in subfields such as political theory and international relations.

  • Political Science (Co-op option available)
  • Public Administration (Co-op option available)
  • International Political Economy
  • Combined majors with Business or Labour Studies
  • Concentration in Public Law
  • Minor in Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Political Science, Public Policy and Administration
  • Certificate in Public Administration or in Public Law
  • Articulation Agreements: Paralegal (Seneca College); Political Science and Labour Studies (George Brown College)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science

Students are given the opportunity to work closely with the department’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty in small, seminar-style classes and in one-one interaction.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, and the program at Brock offers a diverse approach to this exciting field of study. We offer courses that cover topics relevant to a wide range of career paths, including child and adult development, forensics, clinical work, personality, group dynamics and neuropsychology.

Through lectures, seminars, labs and one-on-one mentoring, students can gain expertise in human behaviour and job-related skills such as critical thinking, team work, communication, problem solving, project management, research design and data analysis. Our department also provides specific courses that will help you with career preparation (e.g., job search and interviewing skills), as well as a wealth of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Engaging in co-op work terms, participating in the Psych Society, working as a teaching assistant in introductory courses or becoming an intern in one of our internationally renowned laboratories will enrich your studies and help you to launch your career.

  • Psychology (Co-op option available)
  • Combined major with Biology or Child and Youth Studies
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

Our MA program provides opportunities to engage in intensive research training, and develop a critical and scholarly approach in each of our three focus areas: Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience, Lifespan Development, and Social & Personality Psychology.

  • PhD in Psychology

Full-time and part-time study is available. We offer high-quality training in a collaborative, collegial, and supportive environment.

SOCIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY STUDIES

The innovative interdisciplinary MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies responds to the increasing need for individuals trained in the expanding field of Social Justice and Equity scholarship. Social Justice Studies is a growing field of study in Canadian universities and it is interdisciplinary, diverse and pluralistic in its theoretical traditions, substantive problematics, methods and approaches.

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Social Justice and Equity Studies

The program trains students in critical analysis of social justice and equity issues as related to processes and struggles associated with age, ability, gender, sexuality, racism, speciesism, the environment, class and other patterns of inequality.

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology as a discipline challenges everyday assumptions about the world in which we live. Sociologists turn ‘common sense’ ideas on their head through critical examination of social institutions, relationships and conditions shaping the world and the experiences of individuals.

Sociology students are encouraged to develop and employ their sociological imagination to examine the complex social world, relationships and the human condition.

  • Sociology
  • Critical Criminology
  • Combined majors with Child and Youth Studies, Labour Studies or Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Concentrations in Criminology or Critical Animal Studies
  • Minor in Sociology or Critical Animal Studies
  • Articulation agreements: Sociology and Labour Studies (George Brown College)
  • Master of Arts in Critical Sociology

An exciting opportunity to explore, analyze and challenge all (human and non-human) aspects of the social world through a critical interdisciplinary lens.

WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES

You’ll examine how social constructions of gender shape the consciousness and lives of women and men of various races, ethnicities, classes and sexualities. You’ll explore diverse women’s histories, intellectual contributions and perspectives.

Employing methodological tools from a wide range of disciplines, you’ll scrutinize gender in relation to institutions, ideologies, histories, cultural artifacts, social interactions, science, bodies and cultures.

  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Combined major with Sociology
  • Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

Undergraduate Programs

View all undergraduate programs within the Faculty of Social Sciences or learn more about our undergraduate programs on our Department and Centre pages.

Through either a four-year Major or Honours degree, FPAC prepares students for a variety of interesting and engaging careers, including law, corrections, counselling, policing, criminology, policy analysis and administration, and advocacy.

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Graduate Programs

View all graduate programs within the Faculty of Social Sciences or learn more about our graduate programs on our Department and Centre pages.