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The Sociology program at Carleton brings together elements of the social sciences and humanities as it examines human social behaviour and organization in the context of post-industrial societies and economic and cultural globalization. You will explore social phenomena such as youth and crime, war and state violence, anti-capitalist social movements, the changing nature of families, the meanings of popular culture in the digital age, transformations in the organization of work, the changing place of women in social institutions, the reemergence of religion as a cultural force, and many other topics designed to enhance your understanding of the forces shaping the modern world. At the same time, the study of sociology develops skills in statistical and interview-based research, data analysis, synthesis of knowledge, and written and oral communication, and also teaches you some of the central theoretical ideas that have shaped our understandings of human society.

Strong academic programs

Carleton’s undergraduate programs in Sociology are comprehensive in scope. Our faculty include leading national figures in both disciplines and young scholars doing innovative work. This is a great place to learn both sociology and anthropology.

Ottawa is home to numerous institutions and organizations that can provide unique opportunities for research or work experience, including the Canadian Museum of History, Library and Archives Canada, Statistics Canada and many international development organizations.

Bachelor of Arts (General) in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology

General programs

The Bachelor of Arts (General) is usually taken over three years.

At least 6.0 of your credits must be in Sociology. You take fewer core courses than in the Honours program and, in consultation with faculty advisors, you are free to tailor your program to suit your interests and career goals.

Honours programs

The BA (Honours) program provides an intensive and in-depth program of study over a period of four years.

At least 9.0 of your credits must be in Sociology (with the option of including some Anthropology courses). As an Honours student in Sociology, you will be expected to have at least 3.0 credits in one discipline outside Anthropology and Sociology, such as economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science or psychology.

Honours programs in Sociology and Anthropology can be combined with other disciplines for a Combined Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) degree. Students must complete 7.0 credits in either Sociology or Anthropology and fulfill the requirements for the other discipline.

Applied work experience

Students in the final year of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours (Sociology) or a BA Honours (Anthropology) may obtain departmental permission to enrol in a half credit field placement (SOCI 4820 or ANTH 4000). This is a unique opportunity to gain research experience in a professional research setting such as Statistics Canada, the Canadian Museum of History, or an international development organization based in Ottawa. Instead of attending classes, you will spend up to one day a week working in an organization.

Co-op opportunities

A co-op option is available to Honours students in Sociology or Anthropology and allows you to combine work placements with academic study. Work placements exist in a variety of public and private sector fields, and give you the opportunity to apply information and skills obtained in class, such as social survey design and quantitative and qualitative data analyses, to practical social issues and problems. Students in co-op can gain the experience and develop the skills needed to acquire marketable areas of expertise. Work placements also offer a perspective on career preferences and interests, with an opportunity to develop job networks.

Mention : Français

Students registered in certain BA programs, such as Sociology and Anthropology, may earn the notation Mention : Français by completing part of their requirements in French and by demonstrating a knowledge of the history and culture of French Canada. Required credits include 1.0 credit in the French language; 1.0 credit devoted to the history and culture of French Canada; and 1.0 or 2.0 credits, depending on the program, in upper-level courses taken in French.

First-year Seminars

First-year BA students are strongly encouraged to include a First-year Seminar (FYSM) in their first-year course load. First-year Seminars will get you away from the lecture hall and give you the chance, in a small class of no more than 30, to discuss and debate topics with your classmates and your professors. You will also get early and frequent feedback on class assignments and instruction in research, writing and study skills. Although some FYSMs count as courses leading to a major, you do not have to choose a FYSM in your major discipline. Students are also limited to one FYSM.

A sample first year – Sociology

  • 0.5 credit in Introduction to Sociology I (SOCI 1001) and 0.5 credit in Introduction to Sociology II (SOCI 1002) or 1.0 credit in Introduction to Sociological Perspectives (SOCI 1003)
  • 0.5 credit in Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH 1001)
  • 1.0 credit in any First-year Seminar
  • 2.5 credits in electives

The workplace Sociology and Anthropology prepare you for a variety of careers. Some graduates apply their social sciences knowledge directly in research, teaching, policy development, or in personnel or correctional services. Others go on to careers in federal government departments such as Industry Canada and Statistics Canada.