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Why Sociology?

The Sociology program will equip you with the skills to understand how society operates locally and globally. Gain insight into the cause of and solutions to inequality and inequity through a combination of theoretical and hands-on work. As a Sociology major, you'll be prepared to critically analyze and evaluate information in order to address diverse social and political issues.

Students in the Sociology SOC program may also be interested in studying Anthropology, Criminal Justice and Public Policy, Political Science, Psychology, International Development Studies, Family Studies and Human Development, Child Studies, or other majors.

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our 2023-2024 Academic Calendar.

Make Positive Social Change

 Better Understand and Improve Society

Learn how to assess, conduct, and use research on the topics of inequality, diversity, culture, work, violence, health, media and more to effect positive change in society.

 Tackle Modern Societal Issues

Identify influences and behaviours that can enact meaningful change to tackle our society's most pressing issues. You’ll consider society from diverse perspectives and identify influences and behaviours that address power imbalances leading toward inclusive, equity-seeking solutions.

 Go Beyond the Classroom

Put theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills into practice through participating in experiential learning opportunities such as co-op, fields schools or study abroad programs.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Sociology?

The critical and creative thinking skills gained in your Sociology degree will allow you to learn, analyze and evaluate information to solve societal issues. Our graduates understand the value of quantitative and qualitative research and their application in problem-solving at local and global scales.

Here are a few careers our graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Criminal Justice Professional
  • Data Scientist
  • Educator
  • Health Program Officer
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Publicist
  • Researcher
  • Social Policy Analyst
  • Social Worker
Madeline Ridd
This program helped me to understand others in a way that looked below the surface level of how we often view the world. It helped me look at the world around me critically – something that you really only get from a BA program in social sciences.

Madeline Ridd
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