Is Sociology for you?
Are you interested in how people organize and move within social life? Would you like to learn more about social justice and policy, cultures and subcultures, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, work and leisure? If so, Sociology may be the discipline for you.
When you study Sociology you develop a quality of mind—a sociological imagination—that allows you to think about the world around you in new ways. Sociology helps you challenge preconceived notions of how people and societies work, question what is often thought of as common sense, and discuss what usually goes without saying.
Sociology is a large discipline with a lot to offer. You can take courses on the social significance of sport, changing dynamics and issues in today’s cities, how communities confront environmental disasters, contradictions of capitalism, or how power operates in contemporary social spaces. Sociology provides you with the tools to think critically and creatively about how history, individual lives, and the social world interact.
Where to go from here?
Intrigued? Take “Introduction to Sociology” (SA 150) – this course gives you a B-Soc unit toward your final degree, no matter what path you pursue. It also enables you to take most elective courses in both Sociology and Anthropology. From there, you can decide if a few more courses, a minor, or a major is right for you.
Sociology combines well with many other interests. It can be a foundation for post-graduate work in social policy, social work, law school, the arts, medical professions, and business. Sociology majors and minors excel when they combine their broad-thinking training with other interests, such as policy analysis, communications, social activism, organizational management, research design, or communications/media/arts.
Want to know more?
You can major or minor in Sociology. We also offer an Honours program. You can pursue a joint major in Sociology-Anthropology (Honours available), Sociology-Communications, Sociology-Criminology, or Sociology-GSWS.
We also offer a Social Justice Certificate.
Sociology and Anthropology are combined in a single department at SFU. That means you can shape your studies by pursuing a broad range of interests and issues. The Sociology and Anthropology Department excels at interdisciplinary research methods training – a skill set valuable in many professions.