Sociology

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? Sociology is the study of how people and societies work. Explore the social significance of changing dynamics and issues in today's world, and develop a sociological creativity that helps you see and think about the world in fresh new ways.

About sociology

Sociology and anthropology are combined into a single department at Simon Fraser University. That means you can shape your studies by pursuing a broad range of interests and issues. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology excels at interdisciplinary research methods.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers various major, minor, and honours programs in sociology and anthropology. You can also can pursue a joint major in sociology and anthropology (honours available), sociology and communications, sociology and criminology, or sociology and gender, sexuality, and women's studies. The department also offers a social justice certificate and a postbaccalaureate diploma in social policy.

Career pathways

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.

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Has anybody ever asked you what your race is? Have you ever wondered yourself? Maybe the answer is no. Or, maybe you remember when you realized there was an answer. In this lecture, we’ll talk about how we know — or how we decide — who belongs to what race. And along the way, we’ll challenge the idea that “races" exist at all.

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Dr. Ann Travers describes the course SA 150: Introduction to Sociology. Featuring student video excerpts from Jamal Kett and Hannah Minnabarriet.