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Sociology (BA)


Sociology is the study of social life; it focuses on the linkages between individual experience and the wider society in which we live. Sociology at Laurier is characterized by strengths in the areas of equity and social justice. Topics for investigation might include issues of race, class, gender, crime, family, suicide and health. If you want to explore the things we perceive to be "natural" that are in fact socially constructed and organized such as the sociology of work or the sociology of the family, this is the program for you.

The aim of this program is to help you gain a better understanding of contemporary social issues by providing you with the theoretical, methodological and writing skills to analyze and engage with these issues. You will begin to think critically about taken-for-granted assumptions, and in the process, understand the many ways personal experience is shaped by social processes and social institutions.

Applied Social Research Specialization

Sociology students can choose to take advanced methods courses in upper years and add an Applied Social Research Specialization to their honours Sociology degree.

Applied Social Research Option

Non-Sociology students can enrol in the Applied Social Research Option, which can be added to honours degree programs in many faculties throughout the university.

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Program Highlights

  • View the Sociology experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • A variety of courses give you a better understanding of contemporary social issues.
  • First-year courses provide you with training in critical thinking, writing and research skills.
  • You’ll become an engaged citizen, both locally and globally.
  • Laurier Association of Sociology Students fosters interaction and representation of sociology students in and outside the Laurier Community through fundraising and other events.
  • Take the Applied Social Research Option and develop advanced research methods and data analysis skills. 

Sample Courses

  • Aging in a Social Context
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Youth
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Sociology of Food and Culture
  • Social Inequality
  • Sociology of Mental Illness
  • Sociology of Embodiment and Disability
  • Equity in Education


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Applied Social Research Specialization
  • Community Engagement Option
  • Legal Studies Option
  • Management Option
  • Social Entrepreneurship Option

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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