Honours Degree in Sociology or Anthropology

The Honours degree programs allow students to explore the disciplines in more depth, while helping to prepare them for graduate studies. Our department offer specialization in three areas: sociology; anthropology; and joint sociology-anthropology. Within each program students have two options:

  1. Course-based
    In the course-based option, Honours students complete SA 450 (Sociology) or SA 451 (Anthropology) and an additional 12 units of 400-level coursework.
  2. Essay-based
    The essay-based option involves a 4-unit seminar course on developing research projects (SA 495) and a 4-unit independent research project or extended essay (SA 499) under faculty supervision. This option provides a unique experience to work closely with a faculty member on a topic of interest, especially useful for students interested in pursuing graduate studies or jobs involving research projects or grant writing.

How to Apply

An SA GPA of 3.33 or higher is required to qualify for Honours. For more information or to apply to a sociology, anthropology or joint Honours program, contact the Undergraduate Advisor at

Current & Recent Honours Students 

  • Sally Jane Aagard; Anthropology
  • Regina Baeza Martinez; Sociology
        Essay title: Indigeneity in the Urban Era: A Comparison of Rural and Urban Indígena Standards of Living in the State of Mexico
  • Alhya Bardi; Sociology
        Essay title: Front of House Experiences within COVID-19
  • Emily Sue Gee; Sociology
  • Sarah Law; Sociology
        Essay title: Resistance and Resilience in the Era of Ecological Grief
  • Julia Lunot; Sociology
        Essay title: A Critical Ecofeminist Analysis of Sustainable Food Culture in Vancouver
  • Ciara Reid; Sociology
  • Ming Yang Song; Sociology
        Essay title: A New Transition After Graduation: A Study on Post-graduation Career Experiences
  • Alejandra Margarita Tellez Espana; Sociology
        Essay title: Who is Canadian? Beauty Standards and National Identity among Women of Colour
  • Eleanor White; Sociology
        Essay title: Medical Gaslighting: How Female Pain is Normalized in the Navigation of the Health Care System with Chronic Pain


Honours Student Interviews

Interested in learning more about what it's like to be in the honours program? Hear what some of our past and present students have to say about their experiences: