About Us

The McMaster Social Sciences Society was established by a group of committed and responsible individuals in 1988 with the main goal of enhancing the experience of undergraduate Social Sciences students at McMaster University. This objective has been accomplished throughout the years by different means, ranging from social and academic events to recreational and cultural activities.


Year Founded


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Founding MSSS Executive Team (1988)

(left to right): Charles Selway (member-at-large), Kyle Johansen (vice-president), Dr. Peter George (Dean of Social Sciences), Schellie Maybee (president), Suzanne Sheffield (member-at-large), Maria Fortunato (events coordinator), Dave Moore (treasurer), Carla Momente (secretary).

The MSSS executive is composed of elected members organized in a hierarchical structure along with the various sub-committees and staff positions under the society.

In addition, every full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the faculty of Social Sciences is a general member of the MSSS.

The Present

Since 1988, the MSSS has continued to grow and expand its original vision creating the opportunity for Social Sciences students the participate in various social and academic events while striving to foster an environment that promotes our guiding principles of unity, acceptance, and collaboration.

Fast forward almost thirty years later, with a budget of around a hundred thousand dollars, the Society supports and funds eleven groups and affiliates and aims to support over four thousand undergraduate student members.

Throughout the year the MSSS offers various academic and social events, with the aim of meeting the wide variety of interests within our diverse membership. These events range from coffee houses to pub nights; career panels to guest lectures and conferences.

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The Future

Looking towards the future, the MSSS main goal is to increase student participation at the general level while continuing to foster an inclusive community of Social Sciences students who are proud to be a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Our Team

Core Executive Team

The core executive team makes up the heart of the MSSS, and are the governing body of our student society. 

Peripheral Executive Team

These members provide support, motivation and take care of all the little details in a big way.

Students Representatives

The Student Reps ensure that the flow of communication between the various years of study in the Social Sciences and the MSSS can remain open.

Welcome Week Representatives

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Program Societies

11-Program specific societies that aim to showcase department versatility through academic and social programming.

Get Involved

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