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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social life; it focuses on the linkages between individual experience and the wider society in which we live.

Through the study of sociological theory and research methods, you'll be able to confront contemporary issues facing Canada and the surrounding world while you discover how you can be a part of meaningful change.

Your education in sociology will be valuable to many careers in both the private and social sectors, including education, finance, business, marketing, health care, government and non-governmental agencies.

Sociology at Laurier

Sociology at Laurier is characterized by strengths in the areas of equity and social justice.

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'll 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.

You'll learn to ask how race, class, gender, and other facets of life affect people’s ability to participate meaningfully in their communities. You'll study how individual experiences are linked to the wider society in which we live, allowing you to engage with modern social issues at both the individual and wider levels.

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.

This will prepare you to conduct research related to human and societal behaviour. Your ability to make data-driven decisions will be an advantage in many career paths.

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.

"This program does not only teach you about the academic world, but also your own position within the society. It allows for self-growth, a quality which is not present in all programs or fields. [...] I can proudly say that I am not only leaving with a piece of paper, in other words the degree, but also with an abundance of memories and knowledge that I can use in the future."

– Nurul Noor (BA '18)


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