Sociology (SOCI)

Sociology (SOCI)

Department Mission

Our Sociology programs (honours, major, minor, concentration) provide students with a foundation in social scientific research methods, sociological theory, and the core substantive subfields in the discipline.  Students learn how to design, conduct, and consume quantitative and qualitative research; how to think critically in theoretical and empirical evidence; and how to gain a social scientific understanding of the social world.

Major Program

For admission to the program, students must have completed SOCI 1210 with a minimum grade of C.

The major in Sociology required the completion of the following thirty-six (36) credit hours:

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade of C)
  • SOCI 2100 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 3012 Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 3100 Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOCI 3102 Quantitative Research Methods
  • Fifteen (15) credit hours in Sociology at the 3000 level or above
  • Six (6) credit hours seminar in Sociology at the 4000 level

For admission to the program, students must have completed SOCI 1210 with a minimum grade of C.

Honours Program

This is a selective program. Applicants for admission must:

  • have completed at least 60 credit hours;
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.3;
  • have a cumulative GPA in Sociology courses of 3.30 out of 4.3;
  • have a faculty member’s written agreement to serve as a supervisor for the honours thesis, SOCI 4601.

The deadline for application is the first working day of April of the year before students wish to begin the honours program.

For honours in Sociology, students must complete sixty (60) credit hours as follows:

Major Core Courses:

 Honours Core Courses:

  • SOCI 4600 Honours Thesis Research Preparation
  • SOCI 4601 Honours Thesis Writing *The honours thesis may be either a
    research-based or a service e-learning-based project.
  • Twenty-seven (27) credit hours in Sociology at the 3000 level or above.
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in Sociology at the 4000 level.

To graduate with honours, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 in SOCI courses as well as earn a grade of B+ (3.30) in SOCI 4601.

Concentration in Sociology

Students in a ninety (90) credit hour B.A. program with a concentration in Sociology are required to complete twentyfour (24) Sociology credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Required courses include:

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology ( minimum grade of C)
  • SOCI 2100 Social Research Methods
  • An additional 18 credit hours in Sociology at the 2000, 3000, or 4000-level.

Minor Program

The minor in Sociology requires twenty-four (24) credit hours in Sociology completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Required courses include:

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade of C)
  • SOCI 2100 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 3012 Sociological Theory
  • An additional 15 credit hours in SOCI at the 2000, 3000, or 4000-level.