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Understand human behavior and why people interact the way they do. Participate in group discussions and debates on human nature and society. Listen to what researchers and professionals have to say about current issues such as crime and justice, illness and health care, immigration, education, culture and media. Give your opinion on a variety of topics such as youth culture, addictions, violence, inequality, racism, homelessness, power, resistance, and more. 

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Bachelor of Arts - Sociology

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours
  • Double Honours

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology (Aboriginal Justice and Criminology (ABJAC))

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year
  • B.A. Honours

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What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human social life, and focuses on current social issues and the evolutionary changes of societies. Students develop an understanding of changes in social structure and human interaction on individual, societal and global levels.  Our students also learn to analyze social issues and think critically about the world around them. In teaching students to collect and analyze information about social issues, and providing hands-on training in specialized areas, our graduates are well-positioned for a wide array of dynamic career opportunities and further scholarly pursuits. A degree in Sociology prepares students for studies in areas such as criminology, journalism, law, medicine, nursing, planning and social work. Many students go on to do graduate work.

The Aboriginal Justice and Criminology program and the Criminology and Addicaitons program are intended to prepare students for careers related to social and criminal justice. Both programs include required courses in Sociology, focusing on criminology and related courses. The course work includes two practicum-based courses, normally held in the summer. These experiences are invaluable, providing students an opportunity to gain work experience at local, national or international justice agencies and organizations. Graduates of these Criminology focused programs can apply to work in the criminal justice system or use the program as a first step to pursue studies in other professional colleges such as law or graduate studies.

Sociology: Is it for you?

  • As a Sociology student, you can participate in classes, seminars and experiential learning, pursue postgraduate diploma opportunities and take courses in a wide range of topics related to: Law, crime, justice; Health and illness, Indigenous people and societies; Family and religion; Citizenship, race and ethnicity; Science, education and knowledge and much more.
  • The Sociology Department hosts the Sorokin Lecture Series, in honour of Professor Pitirim Sorokin, a famous Russian sociologist whose writings cover the breadth of sociology. The U of S holds part of his personal library, which includes letters, original and revised manuscripts, his works in numerous translations and book reviews. Researchers from around the world come to the University specifically to study the collection of Sorokin lectures produced by the U of S.

Sample Classes

  • SOC 212: Introduction to Criminology
    An introduction to the study of crime and criminological theories. In addition to developing a basics understanding of criminological theories, students examine the rich and diverse nature of Canadian criminological research. Specific topics may include: women and crime; restorative justice and peacemaking; youth justice; Aboriginal peoples; and penology.
  • SOC 328: Social Inequality and Health
    Explores the inter-relationships between sociological theory, health and illness, and various dimensions of social inequality such as socio-economic security/insecurity, gender, class, race and ethnicity, ability/disability, and access to health care services. Course objectives will be achieved through the integration of theoretical and experiential learning.
  • SOC 430: Sociology of Science and Knowledge
    The social conditions and consequences of the production, distribution and consumption of scientific and other forms of knowledge are examined in this course. Deploying classical and contemporary theories, specific institutional settings and ongoing debates over concepts and issues such as knowledge society, indigenous knowledge, corporatization of the university, gendered knowledge, etc., are examined.

Career Opportunities

  • Community agencies
  • Social services and counselling
  • Corrections and criminal justice
  • Youth justice
  • Human rights and advocacy
  • Probation or parole
  • Public administration
  • Public policy and human resources
  • Public relations
  • Sociology and academia
  • Social research
  • Social work

Skill Sets Gained

  • Critical analysis of social structures and phenomena
  • Knowledge & understanding of sociological principles, social problems and human social interaction
  • Research skills
  • Planning and conducting research
  • Critical analysis of statistical data
  • Communications skills: written and oral
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Honesty, integrity, and ethical standards
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills

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