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University of Calgary Calendar 2016-2017 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.61 Sociology
4.61 Sociology
Overview of Programs and Procedures
Baccalaureate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology

BA in Sociology with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Sociology

BA Honours in Sociology with Co-operative Education

Concurrent BA in Sociology and Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Law and Society

BA in Law and Society with Co-operative Education

BA Honours in Law and Society

BA Honours in Law and Society with Co-operative Education


  • A Minor is offered in Sociology and in Law and Society.
  • Concentrations are available to Sociology Majors in: Criminology, Deviance and Social Control and Gender, Family and Work.

Advice and information about Sociology courses and programs may be obtained from the Sociology Advisor and the Undergraduate Director.

The program in Law and Society is designed to provide a broad exposure to the nature of law and its role in society. The overall aim of the program is not only to provide students with as deep an understanding of the law as possible but also to demonstrate that the law is not an isolated discipline but, rather, is part of an integrated culture of which we all partake. The program is not specifically a "pre-law" program. Nevertheless, the perspectives that it offers are likely to be of great benefit to those who hope to be lawyers, as well as to those considering a career in politics, the civil service, law enforcement, the social sciences, business and industry, or public-interest advocacy.

First year students in Law and Society are encouraged to explore courses in a variety of areas. It is recommended that a first year program include: Law and Society 201, 203 and at least an additional 9 units (1.5 full-course equivalents) from the Faculty of Arts. Degree programs in Law and Society include senior-level courses offered by various Departments either as core requirements or as options. It is therefore useful to take first year courses from a variety of related areas such as Political Science and History. In planning their first year programs, students should look ahead to later years and make sure they take courses that are prerequisites to the courses they may subsequently wish to take.

Courses that are required for the Law and Society major can generally be double-counted toward minors in these programs, although students are advised to consult with the Arts Students' Centre for confirmation. The following minor programs are particularly good fits with a Law and Society major program: Political Science, History, Economics, Philosophy, Sociology, Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, Science, Technology and Society, Women's Studies.

Students seeking advice on first year course selection may contact the Arts Students' Centre.

Contact Information

Department Office: Social Sciences 956

Phone: 403.220.6502

Fax: 403.282.9298

Email: Sociology: or Law and Society:


For Program Advice

Students should consult a program advisor in the Arts Students' Centre for information and advice on their overall program requirements.

For more specific advice regarding course selection and requirements in the major field, students should consult the subject advisor located in their home Department (consult Department website for contact information).

Sociology Students Association

The Sociology Students Association (SSA) is actively engaged in promoting the academic, social and political interests of students who Major or Minor in Sociology. The SSA fosters a sense of community within the Department and represents the interests of undergraduate Sociology students at appropriate councils and committees. All Sociology students are encouraged to become members.

Admission to the Major

Prospective students wishing to enter the BA (Sociology) Program or the BA (Law and Society) Program must meet the criteria listed in section A.2 Undergraduate Admission of this Calendar. Annual application deadlines are found in A.3 Deadline Dates for Undergraduate Applications for Admission and Transcripts.

Limitation of Enrolment

Due to high demand, admission to the Law and Society Major is limited. Whenever demand exceeds capacity, enrolment will be limited and students will be admitted on a competitive basis. Admission averages are typically set above the minimum level for the Faculty of Arts. These higher admission standards are applicable to high-school applicants, external transfer applicants from other post-secondary institutions and internal transfer applicants from other programs at the University of Calgary, whether inside or outside the Faculty of Arts.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to Honours established in section 3.4.2 Honours Degrees with a Major Field are applicable and provide the overall framework.

Students wishing to be considered for admission into the BA Sociology (Honours) program must have successfully completed Sociology 313 and at least 30 units (5.0 full-course equivalents) of course work. All beginning students who contemplate working towards a Sociology Honours degree should consult with the Department as soon as possible. This does not involve the student or the Department in any firm commitment until official admission to an Honours program is completed. Please contact the Department for the deadline.

Students majoring in Law and Society are eligible to apply for Honours by the deadline only if they will complete the program during the following academic year. To meet the deadline, it is recommended that students wishing to enrol in the Honours program consult with her or his intended supervisor in January and obtain guidelines and an application form from the Law and Society Program Co-ordinator as early as possible.

University of Calgary BA in Sociology at Red Deer College

This program allows students to transfer up to two years of College work and to qualify for the BA in Sociology by completing the required University of Calgary courses at Red Deer College. For further information, please contact the Department of Sociology.

Field of Sociology

The Field of Sociology consists of all courses labelled Sociology (SOCI).

Field of Law and Society

The Field of Law and Society consists of the following courses:

Courses with a Focus on Law and Society

All courses labelled Law and Society (LWSO)**
Anthropology 213
Business and Environment 395, 595
Canadian Studies 333, 361
Economics 345, 349, 355, 373, 377, 379
History 337, 345, 351, 438, 443, 450, 462, 473
Indigenous Studies 201, 311, 343
Law 595
Philosophy 313, 325, 329, 337, 345, 347, 361, 425*, 451, 453, 525
Political Science 283, 321, 343*, 425, 426, 444, 470 483, 541, 581
Science, Technology and Society 343, 423, 505
Sociology 307, 325, 327, 375, 421, 423, 425, 427, 429*
Women's Studies 311

Context Courses

Canadian Studies 201, 355, 439
Communication and Culture 301, 303, 501, 503
Communication and Media Studies 369
Development Studies 375
East Asian Studies 319
English 384, 385, 389
Indigenous Studies 415
Museum and Heritage Studies 331
Religious Studies 343, 349
Science, Technology and Society 325, 327, 341, 421
Sociology 400
South Asian Studies 203
Statistics 205

Research Methods Courses

Communication and Media Studies 313
Geography 340
History 300
Political Science 399
Psychology 312
Sociology 313

* Students may only apply Philosophy 425, Political Science 343 and Sociology 429 towards one requirement listed within the Law and Society Major Field Requirements below.

** Students intending to take Law and Society 501 must consult with the Law and Society Program Co-ordinator.

Note: Most of the courses listed above have prerequisites that lie outside the Field of Law and Society. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that prerequisites are completed. We encourage students to speak with a program advisor on a regular basis to assist with a degree planning.