Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology


The Bachelor of Arts Major in Sociology provides students with critical, practical, and transformative studies that aim to prepare them for life and work in a diverse and globalized world. It is a flexible and well-rounded program, offering academic rigor in the study of societies in local and global contexts. Opportunities for engaging in applied, experiential, and community-based learning are provided throughout the program.

Students enjoy courses in a wide range of topics in Sociology, such as gender and sexuality, racialized and ethnic minority groups, economic inequality, Indigenous studies, media and cultural studies, education, global social problems, and social justice. In their final years of the program, students hone their research skills by taking courses with a primary research component. They may also take a service-learning course, in which they gain practical experience by volunteering for their chosen organization within the community.

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Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a major in Sociology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Sociology Major

The BA Major in Sociology requires a total of 54 credits from sociology courses as follows:

1000 Level
SOCI 1125Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures3
2000 Level
SOCI 2225Canadian Society: Conflict and Consensus3
SOCI 2235The Development of Sociological Thought3
SOCI 2260Research Methods in Sociology3
SOCI 2365Introduction to Social Research Statistics3
Select 9 credits from additional courses in SOCI at the 2000 level9
3000 and 4000 Level
SOCI 3235Classic Sociological Theories3
or SOCI 3330 Contemporary Sociological Theories
SOCI 3260Qualitative Research Methods3
or SOCI 3365 Quantitative Research Methods
Select one of the following options:6
Option A
Sociological Aspects of Community Service
Global Community Service
Option B
Advanced Topics in Canadian Issues
Advanced Topics in Global Studies
Select 18 additional credits from courses in SOCI numbered 3000 or higher18
Total Credits54

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Sociology.

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