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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

Rakugo! Japanese sit-down comic storytelling

Rakugo has entertained generations of Japanese since the 17th century. From ghosts to geisha, samurai to salaryman, a solo performer brings scores of characters vividly to life in tales punctuated by various tones of voice, gestures, and facial expressions with a folding fan and hand towel as his only props. Monday, February 4, 7 p.m. join the Department of Religious Studies for a special performance by Yanagiya Tozaburo III.

Jan 30, 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

Has Bethsaida-Julias Finally Been Found?

The department of Religious Studies invites you to a presentation by Dr. R. Steven Notley (Nyack College, New York)

Jan 30, 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

Academic advising extended hours

During Winter registration dates (Jan. 7 to 15) the Social Sciences Academic Advising Office in KTH 129 has extended drop-in hours.

Jan 07, 2019

It’s not too early to start thinking about Level II program selection

As the winter term begins, it’s not too soon for students to be thinking about Level II program selection. The range of programs options in the Social Sciences can be overwhelming, and the Faculty wants to help Level I students choose a program which best suits their educational and career goals.

Jan 07, 2019

Dr. Yun-hua Jan passes away

It is with great sadness that the Department of Religious Studies announces the passing of Dr. Yun-hua Jan. He was a respected scholar and is survived by his wife Siu-fung, his sons, Chien (Helen) and Kang (Sharon) and six grandchildren.

Jan 04, 2019

Career Prep Day

Get ready for summer jobs, internships and jobs after graduation! Social Sciences students sign up to meet one-on-one with Experiential Education (EE) staff for a resume critique, cover letter critique or career advising.

Jan 03, 2019

Term 2 Course - Introduction to Judaism

Looking to add another course for Term 2? Check out Religious Studies 2J03

Dec 18, 2018

Professor John Arapura passes away

It is with great sadness that the Department announces the passing of Dr. John Arapura. He passed away peacefully on November 30, 2018 in his 99th year. Beloved husband of the late Protima. Loving father of Donu (Mona).

Dec 18, 2018

New Faculty publication on parting of the ways between Judaism and Christianity

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Thiessen on the publication of his edited volume (with Dr. Lori Baron of Saint Louis University and Dr. Jill Hicks-Keeton of the University of Oklahoma) entitled The Ways that Often Parted, a volume of essays in honor of his doctoral supervisor, Dr. Joel Marcus.

Dec 03, 2018

Thinking Judaism and Jewishness with Queer Theory

The department of Religious Studies invites you to a presentation by Larisa Reznik (Goucher College, Baltimore)

Nov 27, 2018

New Faculty publication on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Machiela from the Department of Religious Studies on the publication of Genesis Apocryphon and Related Documents in James Charlesworth's The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translation (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018).

Nov 26, 2018

The Annual AAR/SBL Meeting in Denver

McMaster's Department of Religious studies has a number of faculty and students delivering papers at the meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Nov 12, 2018

New Faculty Publication

Congratulations to the Department of Religious Studies Dr. Eileen Schuller on the publication of her co-edited volume, The Paulist Biblical Commentary!

Nov 08, 2018

Graduation – Student Checklist

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable convocation ceremony for you and your guests, please make certain you complete the following tasks by the appropriate deadlines. If you intend to graduate but will not be attending your ceremony, there are still tasks that must be completed to finalize your graduation.

Oct 29, 2018

Numata Series Lecture on November 2

Ryan Richard Overbey (Skidmore College) presents “Embodying Buddhas, Quelling Demons: Theorizing Presence in Buddhist Studies”

Oct 29, 2018

Apply for the McCall MacBain International Fellowship

Valued at up to $23,500 per fellowship for up to 10 McMaster students, the McCall MacBain International Fellowship will offer you the chance to learn a new language, study, and gain work experience in a country of your interest.

Oct 22, 2018

Harry Lyman Hooker Lecture on October 22

Professor Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University) will deliver the 2018 Harry Lyman Hooker Lecture. Her topic: “Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus’s Parables as Jewish Stories.”

Oct 16, 2018