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? 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.


The Sociology program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a major, a minor, and five joint majors. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

major Program description >
minor Program description >
Department of Sociology & Anthropology website >
School of Communication website >

Admission requirements for Sociology

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Sociology or (available only in Fall) Sociology - 1st yr Surrey


You may add the minor program to any major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Academic Advisor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Blog Writer
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Community Worker
  • Cultural Artifact Specialist
  • Cultural Resource Specialists
  • Field Interviewer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • Intergovernmental Affairs Officer
  • International Development Officer
  • Labour Relations Mediator
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Multicultural Educator
  • Outreach Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Refugee Worker
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Housing Coordinator
  • Social Service Worker
  • Social Survey Researcher
  • Supplies Officer
  • Travel Agent