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Honours Work and Labour Studies Co-op (B.A.)

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Enrolment in this program option is limited. Admission is by selection and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement and an interview but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including a grade of at least C in one of WORKLABR 1A03 , 1D03 , 1E03  (or LABRST 1D03, 1E03, 1A03 or 1C03; see Note 2 below). For continuation in the program, see Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I  in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations.


  1. Students who intend to apply for this program option must follow the application instructions as found on the Social Sciences Co-op web site. Students who are unable to access this web site must consult the Social Sciences Co-op team in the Office of the Associate Dean Academic prior to the application deadline.
  2. All applications for admission to the Co-op program option are considered annually and must be made directly to the Social Sciences Co-op team by March 1 for the Fall/Winter term.
  3. Applications that are submitted after the March 1 deadline will not be considered.
  4. Offers of acceptance cannot be deferred.
  5. Students who have who have completed only 3 units of Level I Work and Labour Studies (or Labour Studies) will be required to complete 3 more units of Level I Work and Labour Studies during their Level II year.
  6. Students may not transfer to another Work and Labour Studies program except by the normal application process.

Program Notes

  1. The standard duration of this program option is five (5) years. For information, see the Social Sciences Co-op website.
  2. Co-op program options in the Faculty of Social Sciences follow an alternating sequence of work terms and academic terms. Students are required to enroll in at least one full-time academic term consisting of at least 9 units between any two work terms. Each student’s sequence of work and academic terms must end with a final academic term. For information on permitted and recommended work term sequences compatible with scheduled course offerings in this program option, see the Social Sciences Co-op website.
  3. Co-op work terms are components of the program involving full-time, paid work-integrated learning opportunities, typically secured through a job search process. Students on work term must enrol in a zero-unit course (i.e. SOCSCI 2WT0 , 3WT0 , 4WT0 ).
  4. Students may take a maximum of 3 units during a work term, with the written permission of the work term supervisor.
  5. To graduate with the co-op option recognized on the transcript, students must complete three (3) work terms each consisting of a minimum 12 weeks and/or 420 hours of full-time, paid experience
  6. Completion of SOCSCI 2EL0  in Fall Term of Level II or in Spring/Summer Term following Level I is strongly recommended in order for students to meet the requirements of Social Sciences 2JS1  and eligibility for job search access.
  7. Students who complete a six-unit Research Methods/Statistics course will reduce their elective component by three units.
  8. Students who have completed LABRST 4D03 need not complete WORKLABR 4C03  or LABRST 4E03.
  9. Students are encouraged to consult the School of Labour Studies website at: http://www.labourstudies.mcmaster.ca.


120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units


  • the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program
    (See Admission above.)

21 units


  • Course List 1, where at least nine units must be selected from Levels III or IV courses

3-6 units


  • Course List 2

3 units


39-42 units

  • Electives, of which at least six units must be taken from outside of Work and Labour Studies

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