Department of Sociology

Department of

Sociology

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Undergraduate Program

First year students take our leading edge blended learning course in Introductory Sociology. This course introduces students to the core ideas and themes in Sociology, using a variety of teaching and learning methods that combine the latest technologies with dynamic lectures and small group tutorials. Students learn the basics of Sociology, but we also train them in university level writing, argumentation and research skills.        

After taking Introductory Sociology in their first year, students take core training courses in theory and methods in their second year, alongside a wide array of optional courses. In their third and fourth years, students choose increasingly specialized option courses. Third year students have many opportunities to study Sociology abroad through the International Programs Office. Fourth year courses are seminars with a maximum of 25 students, enabling an excellent faculty to student ratio. Fourth year students may also opt to work with a professor on a thesis project over two terms on a specialized topic. 

The courses in the undergraduate program cover a very broad range of topics such as - Gender, Race and Class, Globalization, Visual and Consumer Culture, Cultural Studies, Social Psychology, Social Control, Health and the Body, and Development - allowing students to sample the field broadly or specialize in our particular three core areas:

Media, Information & Surveillance

Criminology & Law

Power, Inequalities & Social Jsutice

Requirements

Degree Plans Offered:
Bachelor of Arts - GEN/MIN - 3 years
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - MAJ - 4 years
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - MED - 4 years
 
EACH SINGLE TERM COURSE (FALL, WINTER) IS WORTH 3 UNITS
 
Sociology GENERAL/MINOR Plan (90 units or typically 25 courses; 5 full year and 20 single term courses)
You will need 30.0 units (plus 60.0 electives) as described below:
  • Core: 6.0 units from SOCY122 (the course runs for two consecutive terms and is the only full year course in the Department)
  • Options: 24.0 units (8 single term courses) from SOCY at the 200 level or above
 
Sociology MEDIAL Plan (120 units or typically 35 courses; 5 full year and 30 single term courses)
You will need 42.0 units (plus 78.0 electives if graduating in 2021 or later) as described below:
  • Core: 18.0 units (5 courses) which are SOCY122 (full year), SOCY210, SOCY211, SOCY226, SOCY227 (with a minimum C or 65% grade in each course)
  • Options: 21.0 units (7 single term courses) in SOCY at the 200 level or above with at least 3.0 units (1 single term course) in SOCY at the 400 level or above
  • Admission to 400 Level (Honours): 84.0 units with a minimum 2.6 GPA (69%) averaged over the core SOCY200 level courses and 18.0 units or 6 single term courses from SOCY option courses
 
Sociology MAJOR Plan (120 units or typically 35 courses; 5 full year and 30 single term courses)
You will need 60.0 units plus 60.0 electives (if graduating in 2021 or later) as described below:
  • Core: 18.0 units (5 courses) which are SOCY122, SOCY210, SOCY211, SOCY226, SOCY227 (with a minimum of C or 65% grade in each course)
  • Options: 21.0 units (7 single term courses) in SOCY at the 200 level or above; 15.0 units (5 single term courses) in SOCY at the 300 level or above; 6.0 units (2 single term courses) in SOCY at the 400 level or above
  • Admission to 400 Level (Honours): 84.0 units with a minimum 2.6 GPA averaged over the core SOCY200 level courses and 18.0 units (6 single term courses) from SOCY option courses

 

What Can You Do With Sociology? (Careers)

Our students develop a range of essential skills:

  • Research Skills – conduct research, use social scientific databases, understand journal articles, explain and interpret social research data
  • Research Techniques – employ the relevant qualitative and quantitative research techniques to produce and analyze data
  • Research and Program Evaluation – accurately and critically evaluate existing research and programs 
  • Reason and Argument – develop coherent and reasoned argument; deconstruct and critique arguments and evidence
  • Problem Solving – approach an issue from several perspectives in a systematic manner 
  • Oral, Written and Media Communication – write coherent reports, present information orally and visually in a range of media 
  • Resource and Time Management – effective prioritization of resources, skills and time, to complete projects 
  • Observational and Interpretive Skills – accurately identify, interpret and explain relevant social phenomena and issues
  • Critical Thinking – critically assess ‘common sense’ approaches to social issues and provide alternative explanations  

Our students have pursued successful careers in:

  • Professional Academic
  • Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Statistics Canada
  • Human Resources
  • Consumer Research
  • Health Research
  • Media
  • Communications
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Social Services
  • Corporate Training
  • Program Evaluation
  • Corporate Research
  • Social Policy
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • International Aid
  • Human Rights organizations
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Administration & Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Global Development
  • Charities

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Contact Us

If you have questions regarding our program, contact Michelle Underhill:
 
Michelle Underhill
Undergraduate Program Assistant
Macintosh-Corry Hall, Room D431
Tel (613) 533-2166
Fax (613) 533-2871