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Sociology (BA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor, Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Sociology?

We're social creatures. We live and die as members of — and contributors to — a society. As sociologists, we look at how societies are constituted in Canada and across cultures. As a student, you learn methods to systematically observe, investigate and analyze societies. You also think critically about social problems and social change.

Whether you study the self and identity or conduct large-scale research projects, our courses give you the opportunity to apply social science methods to nearly any situation: human rights, gender and sexuality, crime and justice, conflict and power, regional studies, even cyberspace.

While you study human behaviour, social interaction and organizational patterns, you also study the theory and process of social change, enhancing your thinking about the reasons for poverty, prejudice and other social problems.

Sociology’s many perspectives and methodological approaches will prepare you to make positive and effective social change in our society, or around the world.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Program options

  • Honours in Sociology (60 credits)
    The Honours program is a package of courses designed to ensure the highest quality learning experience for anthropology and sociology students. It includes courses that provide strong theoretical and methodological training with those that give students ‘hands-on’ experience conducting sociological and anthropological investigation and research. The program culminates in the Honours seminar (Soci 409) in which students are given the opportunity to conduct research from beginning to end — from the formulation of a topic to its investigation, analysis, and communication — all within a supportive and stimulating environment. Successful completion of this program will provide you with formal skills and credentials that will make you competitive in academic, public, and private sectors and an informal experience that will support your career and aspirations for the future.
  • Specialization in Sociology (60 credits)
  • Major in Sociology (42 credits)
  • Minor in Sociology (30 credits)


Courses


Co-op program

The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms over 12 to 16 weeks. Co-op students graduate with job-search skills, enhanced personal and professional skills as well as a year’s worth of work experience. As a Co-op student, you will work on projects designed and implemented by professionals, making it possible for you to:

  • Conduct research connected to ongoing projects focused on social economy or community 
  • Engage in data or program analysis
  • Use statistical and graphics software, spreadsheets and database management tools


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 22 (Honours: 28)
  • High School: B- (Honours: B+)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): B- (Honours: B+)
  • Bacc. français: 12 (Honours: 14)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 (Honours: 31)

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:


Honours programs

Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Because social science forms the backbone of so much of today’s work, both in the public and private sectors, the fundamental skills you learn in our program will equip you to make structured and informed decisions, in any profession, including:

  • Government and business
  • Market research
  • Urban planning
  • Human resource work

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