Sociology

Sociology (SOCI)

Department Mission

The Department offers programs that provide students with a strong undergraduate experience in both Sociology and Criminology. Majors and honours programs are offered in each field. Students are particularly encouraged to complete a double major program in sociology and criminology. The Department also offers a Master’s degree in Criminology.

Courses are also mounted that support such other academic programs as those in Asian Studies, Atlantic Canada Studies, International Development Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s Studies. For details on graduate programs, refer to the Graduate Academic Calendar.


Major Program

The major in Sociology requires the completion of the following forty-five (45) credit hours:

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade of C)
  • SOCI 1211 Social Power Relations (minimum grade of C)
  • SOCI 2010 Principles of Social Theory
  • SOCI 2100 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 2124 Social Inequality & Justice
  • SOCI 3010 Classical Theory
  • SOCI 3012 Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 3100 Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOCI 3102 Quantitative Research Methods
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in Sociology at the 3000 level or above
  • Six (6) credit hours seminar in Sociology at the 4000 level

- note that directed readings courses in Sociology do not satisfy this requirement

FOR STUDENTS COMPLETING A DOUBLE MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY, ONLY SIX
(6) CREDIT HOURS OF CROSS-LISTED COURSES CAN BE DOUBLE COUNTED.


Suggested Schedule

 

The following schedule is suggested for students majoring in Sociology:

Year 1:

  • ENGL 1205 Introduction to Literature
  • 9 credit hours of introductory courses in the following humanities (except PHIL 1200): Classics; History; Religious Studies; Modern Languages courses on literature and culture (a maximum of 6 credit hours can be counted from any one area).
  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade of C)
  • SOCI 1211 Social Power Relations (minimum grade of C)
  • Six (6) credit hours from a social science other than Sociology.
  • Six (6) credit hours of from one or two of the following: PHIL 1200 Critical Thinking, Mathematics, a language other than English, or a science other than Psychology.

Year 2:

  • SOCI 2010 Principles of Social Theory
  • SOCI 2100 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 2124 Social Inequality & Justice
  • Six (6) credit hours in SOCI at the 3000 level
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • Three (3) credit hours of electives

Year 3:

  • SOCI 3010 Classical Theory
  • SOCI 3012 Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 3100 Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOCI 3102 Quantitative Research Methods
  • Twelve (12) credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • Six (6) credit hours of electives

Year 4:

  • Six (6) credit hours SOCI at the 4000 level – note that directed readings courses in Sociology do not satisfy this requirement
  • Six (6) credit hours SOCI at the 3000 level
  • Three (3) credit hours in Arts at the 2000 level or above
  • Fifteen (15) credit hours of electives

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.

In exceptional circumstances, the Department may consider applicants who do not have a CGPA of 3.30 in Sociology courses (but who have a 3.00 overall). 

The deadline for application is 1 April of the year before students wish to begin the honours program. 

For honours in Sociology, students must all the requirements associated with the major program, plus the following eighteen (18) credit hours of courses:

  • Six (6) credit hours in Sociology at the 4000 level (directed readings courses do not satisy this requirement)
  • SOCI 4501 Advanced Theory
  • SOCI 4502 Advanced Research Methods
  • SOCI 4600 Honours Thesis Research Preparation
  • SOCI 4601 Haonours Thesis Writing

To graduate, student 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 twenty- four (24) Sociology credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.00. Courses cross-listed with Criminology may not be double counted if students choose to complete a double concentration in Sociology and Criminology. Required courses include:


Minor Program

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

  • SOCI 1210 Introductory Sociology (minimum grade of C)
  • SOCI 1211 Social Power Relations (minimum grade of C)
  • 6 credit hours from:
  • An additional 12 credit hours in SOCI at the 2000, 3000, or 4000-level.

Note: For students enrolled in the minor program in Sociology and the major program in Criminology, only 6 credit hours of cross-listed courses may be double counted to meet program requirements.