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Durham Greater Toronto Area

Sociology (B.A.)

Sociology is the study of society and the processes and patterns of social relations that influence our everyday world. Rooted in the social sciences and inspired by a passion for social justice, this program engages students in understanding and acting on the consequences of social change. You will critically explore and question diverse cultures, social experiences, dynamics of power and inequality, and global changes that forge relations between individuals, groups, institutions and societies. Through a broad range of courses you will complete your studies with a heightened understanding of human relationships and society. A sociology degree is an excellent foundation for law school, teachers college, social work or similar programs.

For more information about the Sociology program, please contact:

Durham Campus Enrolment Advisor, Tawny Weese
tweese@trentu.ca 905-435-5102 ext 5003
Durham Campus Rm. 101.2

Studying Sociology at TrentU Durham? Your typical first year will look like this:

  • SOCI 1001H- Introduction to Sociology I: Critical Foundations
  • SOCI 1002H- Introduction to Sociology II: Exploring Social Life

and 4.0 Elective Credits

Interested in pursuing a joint-major with Sociology? You would be required to take the neccessary introductory courses during your first year of study as well.

First Year Sociology Course Descriptions

  • SOCI 1001H: Introduction to Sociology I: Critical Foundations - An introduction to sociology’s major thinkers, critical perspectives, theoretical foundations, research methods, and fields of inquiry. Course materials focus on the social forces and changes that shape culture, groups, social interaction, and institutions in Canadian and comparative contexts.
  • SOCI 1002H: Introduction to Sociology II: Exploring Social Life - An examination of one or more sociological studies is used to develop students’ understandings of social life, ranging from everyday social interaction to global social structures. Substantive areas in sociology that may be investigated include families, social inequalities, health, deviance, work, education, religion, communications, and social movements. 

Career Paths:

  • Social and Market Research
  • Community Development
  • Social Policy Analysis
  • Municipal, Provincial, Federal Civil Service
  • Non-governmental Organization Administration and Service
  • Non-profit Sector Services
  • Criminal Justice and Social and Community Service

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