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Department of Anthropology

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Graduate Programs

We believe that social workers must be actively involved in the understanding and transformation of injustices in social institutions and in the struggles of people to maximize control over their own lives. The School of Social Work offers two MSW programs, a PhD program and a Graduate Diploma.


Our research topics span social work’s central commitments to respond to individual and social problems and pursue social justice. Our strengths include knowledge mobilization – our engagement with theoretical, applied/professional, community and public audiences. Methodologically, we employ a range of critical approaches that consider power relations in research and practice.

Field Education

We have a long history of combining practical and classroom learning. We have over 100 community partners who help us the provide hands-on experience that is an integral part of our BSW and MSW programs.

Undergraduate Programs

Our program is accredited as an undergraduate university-level degree program by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. You will be eligible for membership in the Ontario Association of Social Workers both as a student and upon graduation. Also upon graduation, you will be eligible to join the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

School of Social Work to host graduate reception

The reception will be open to all graduates of the School of Social Work from the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Jun 01, 2022

Social Assistance Recipients Have Given Up On Government Help

It is understandable that the hungry people who wait for food in miserable weather have given up on the government, Sally Palmer writes in The Hamilton Spectator.
May 31, 2022

Homeless and pregnant: responding to a crisis

Our goal is to create a community-wide commitment that prioritizes people experiencing pregnancy for housing, Mary Vaccaro and Medora Uppal write.
May 25, 2022

Opinion: The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial shows the dangers of fan culture

PhD student in the School of Social Work, Maddie Brockbank, was featured in the Conversation.
May 20, 2022

Strong Medicine: Culture Matters

June 6, 2022; 6:30 to 8:30 pm, St. Cuthbert's, 2 Bond Street North, Hamilton (Westdale) 905 765-5487 to register. Part 2 of the Grandmothers of Steel Film series. This is a non-ticket event. Guests are invited to make a donation at the door.
May 18, 2022

Social Work Graduate Students Receive Funding

Eleven Social Work graduate students were successful after answering our annual call for proposals for funding of leadership and research activities, receiving funding of up to $300 each. Recipients of the funding included three students in the MSW Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities program, two students in the MSW Critical Analysis program and six students in the PhD program. A wide array of important topics were submitted for funding ranging from conference funding, software to support research, developing community meetings, engaging homeless seniors in art to understand need, developing focus groups, and using stories to understand experiences. Congratulations to all successful 2022 Social Work graduate student funding recipients.
May 18, 2022