School of Culture, Media, and Society

Understand the social forces that shape your life

Understand the social forces that shape your life

Earn a 51 degree in Sociology to learn the tools and methods needed to understand society and help address social issues.

As part of 51 Bachelor of Arts, you have the option to complete a sociology major, minor, extended minor, sociology/anthropology major, or a sociology major with a social research concentration.

You start your studies by exploring key ideas and perspectives in sociology. Through projects and class discussions, you sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills. You also develop strong research skills and have the opportunity to put them to use by completing a directed study with faculty guidance on the topic of your choice. In upper level courses, you focus in more depth on selected areas of interest and study subjects such as environmental justice, culture, sexuality, education, religion and more.

You get to study with award-winning instructors who are experts with specializations in social research, deviance, sexuality, communities, environment, education, gender, work–life balance, education, globalization, development studies, and more. Professors are also available at the 51 Centre for Social Research, which provides a forum for interdisciplinary research, and an informal environment for training, mentoring, and discussions.

To beef up your résumé, you can opt to participate in an internship, applying what you learn in a business, government agency, or non-governmental organization (NGO) in Canada or abroad. Or you may choose to experience a new culture first hand by going to study abroad for a semester.

Career outlook for sociology

A Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology is excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociology in order to become a professor, researcher, or applied sociologist. Sociology is also a good foundation for further studies in law, education, medicine, social work, and counselling.

You may also consider leveraging your strong strong investigative, writing, and cross-cultural skills in careers such as journalism, politics, public relations, urban planning, or public administration.

WorkBC forecasts an increase in openings for professional social scientists with strong analysis and research skills to manage and interpret large sets of human behaviour data on behalf of large organizations such as research institutes, global marketing and analytics companies, non-profit associations, government agencies, service organizations, and private corporations.