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Sociology at Queen's University


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Undergraduate Chair: Martin Hand
Graduate Studies Coordinator: Annette Burfoot

Sociology is the study of social relationships, from the most ordinary and fleeting encounters in the street to global networks of economic and political power. Sociologists are interested in people not as individual atoms but as social beings, and in the social patterns that structure our lives. Sociology at Queen's has distinctive features. While a broad range of social processes, from childbirth to aging and from community groups to world power blocs is studied, there is an emphasis on how we study such things sociologically. The department is reputed for its emphases in socio-legal studies and criminology, the sociology of information and communication technologies, feminist studies and social theory. Increasingly sociology is a key for understanding how societies operate today, and as a necessary springboard into fields such as media, management, education, law, corrections, journalism, international development and social, health and personal services.

The courses in the undergraduate program cover a broad range of topics allowing students to sample the field broadly or specialize in particular substantive areas, such as: Communication and Information Technology, Feminist Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies, and Sociological Theory.

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in Sociology
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in Sociology
A dual course of study in Sociology and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Sociology
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts - BA

General in Sociology
A less intense course of study leading to a 3-year degree.

Full list of Undergraduate Degree Plans at Queen's University

Graduate Degree Options

Sociology - PhD
Sociology - MA

First Year Courses

  • SOCY122A - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCY122B - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCY122S - Introduction to Sociology

What it takes to study Sociology in your second year >

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Job and Career Opportunities for Sociology Grads

Sociologists critically assess ’common sense’ answers to all questions about social relationships, and undertake research t hat contributes to more adequate, thoughtful and systematic understandings of all aspects of the social world. Sociology offers a broad range of courses that equip students theoretically, methodologically and substantively for graduate wor k, professional programs, and careers in media, management, the non-profit sector including international development and social, health and personal services. For example, the Surveillance Project is an exciting, multi-disciplinary research project that exp lores why information about people has become so important in the 21st century and examines the social, political and economic con- sequences of this trend.

Some of our Sociology grads work in the following industries:

  • Advertising
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Communications
  • Consulting - Management
  • Consumer Services
  • Corporate Training / Development
  • Corrections
  • Counselling - Relationships, Addictions, Career
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Demography
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Finance & Banking
  • Gerontology
  • Human Resources
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration Services
  • Informatics
  • International Development
  • Investment & Pensions
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Marketing
  • Media – Broadcasting, Internet
  • Mental Health Services
  • Political Science
  • Parole and Probation Services
  • Public Administration & Policy
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing – Newspapers, Books and Magazines
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Social Work Statistics
  • Volunteerism

Career paths for Sociology grads handout from Career Services >

Sociology Electives for non-Soc Students

Introduction to Sociology SOCY 122/6.0
An introduction to the concepts, theories and methods of sociological enquiry, and their application to the analysis of Canadian society.

Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's

Surveillance of many kinds is growing rapidly throughout the world and the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University is committed to high quality research to follow such developments. Current active research explores camera surveillance, ID systems, biometrics, social media, border and airport controls – indeed on many aspects of contemporary monitoring, tracking, management and control. While much research happens on the Queen’s University campus, the SSC is also part of a broad network of surveillance research that is both multi-disciplinary and international.

Read more about the Surveillance Studies Centre >

Department Student Council

The Departmental Student Council (DSC) is responsible for conducting USAT course evaluations and organizing social and charitable activities for the undergraduate students. Learn more about the DSC for Sociology >

Graduate Studies in Sociology

The Graduate Program in the Department of Sociology at Queen's offers rigorous academic degree programs at the MA and PhD levels. Our dedicated faculty members make every effort to provide comprehensive support to each and every graduate student.

The Master's and Doctoral Programs in the Department of Sociology focuses primarily on the four areas of specialization:

  • Communication and Information Technology
  • Feminist Sociology
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Critical Sociological Theory

"I started my Ph.D. at another school. I felt like I was nothing but a number there. I got lost in the shuffle, so I transferred to Queen’s. It was like night and day. The department here is small and I had no trouble forming a committee. The supervisors are easy to talk to. It’s unbelievable in terms of support. It’s a very friendly environment, and when you’re not from Kingston, it’s nice to have that support." April Girard, Ph.D. graduate from Queen's Sociology

Research in Sociology at Queen's

The Sociology Department at Queen's University provides a dynamic research environment with internationally renowned faculty. Our faculty specialize in various research areas including  our four major streams:

Special Research Project

The Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) is a multi-disciplinary and international research initiative based at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. The SSC at Queen's University is committed to high quality research focusing on current surveillance developments such as camera surveillance, ID systems, biometrics, social media, border and airport controls.

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