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How are new technologies changing the ways we interact with each other? How is side hustle culture affecting families, communities and self-identities? Why do social problems like poverty, climate change, racism, gender inequality, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and ageism persist in the modern world? Sociology explores how families, economic inequalities, sexuality, gender, race, disability, the law and the state shape individuals, and how individuals shape these social institutions and structures.

Stream in Social Justice

Our one-of-a-kind stream in Social Justice gives you first-hand experience learning from community leaders and partnering with community-based organizations to do research and work on campaigns, public events and documentary films.

Work Experience

Explore topics you care about and gain work experience through hands-on research and Co-op.

Award-Winning Faculty

Our faculty includes leading national figures in sociology and exciting young scholars who bring innovative work into our program. We are known for our strong roots in sociology as well as our openness to interdisciplinary perspectives. We are committed to training students who will be active agents for positive social change.

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Career Outcomes

Explore your passions, refine new skills and discover the career that’s right for you.

The skills learned through the study of sociology are highly transferable and will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

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Sample Courses

SOCI 1001 - Introduction to Sociology I

Introduction to the discipline of sociology; theory, methods, history; key thinkers, concepts and disciplinary subfields in sociology; issues and problems in contemporary society. Emphasis on the everyday world of lived experience and social relations. Topics may include class, gender, sexuality, racialization, culture, social interaction.

SOCI 2005 - Histories of Sociological Thought

Traces theoretical traditions in sociological thought, situating traditions within historical, social and intellectual contexts. At least four of the following will be covered: orientalism, imperialism, colonialism; capitalism, social organization, rationalization; subject formation, identity; self and the everyday; work and leisure; and, social change and revolution.

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