Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the systematic study of social relations around class and economics, race, gender, sexuality; of human groups and social interaction and of social institutions such as the family, law, politics, multiculturalism, education, media, and religion.

The Saint Mary’s approach

This dynamic and diverse major offers a wide range of relevant courses, while providing an excellent foundation for a large number of interesting career options. Sociology graduates are uniquely prepared to think critically and communicate effectively; characteristics that make them highly desirable.  There are many opportunities for undergraduate scholarships and awards, including the Perrier Family Scholarship and scholarships to assist with Study Abroad programs.

Hands-on learning

The Atlantic Metropolis Centre of Excellence offers internships to students interested in migration and settlement issues and policies. There is a new academic exchange program with the Department of Law, Catholic University of Brasilia. Students can also take part in the co-op option for Sociology and Criminology, where they will be placed for a work term with an employer in related fields.

Sociology students have gone on international exchanges for academic credit to Australia, Norway and Japan and attended lectures by guest speakers on topics such as domestic violence in South Asian Communities in the US and poverty and violence in Brazil.

Sample courses offered:

  • Social Power Relations
  • Race, Racism and Colonialism
  • Crime and the Media
  • Gender and Law
  • Forced Migration and Refugees
  • Women and Development
  • Gender and International Migration

Future career opportunities:

  • Policy analyst
  • Journalist
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Politician