Sociology Honours

Honours Program Requirements

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 1 April of the year before students wish to begin the honours program. 


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

Major Core Courses:

  • 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

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-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.

Faculty of Arts
Department of Sociology
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Mailing address:
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3