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University of Calgary Calendar 2021-2022 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.50 Sociology
4.50 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: (a) Criminology, Deviance and Social Control; (b) Gender, Family and Work; (c) Social Inequalities and Social Justice.

Sociology contributes to understanding our social world by studying how groups, organizations, societies, and their cultural products are produced, reproduced and transformed by the actions and interactions of people in social contexts. The Sociology program cultivates students' sociological imaginations by offering a wide range of opportunities to think sociologically and to use different theoretical approaches, research methods and data-analysis techniques so students gain experience thinking with and using a sociological perspective.

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 a deep understanding of the law but also to demonstrate that the law is not an isolated discipline but is a 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.

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.5 Undergraduate Admission Requirements of this Calendar. Annual application deadlines are found in A.3 Deadline Dates for Undergraduate Applications for Admission and Transcripts.

Admission to Honours

The Faculty of Arts procedures for Admission to Honours established in section 3.3.2 Honours Degrees are applicable and provide the overall framework. The deadline to apply is normally February 1.

Students wishing to be considered for admission into the BA Sociology (Honours) program must have successfully completed Sociology 313, 315, 333, and at least 30 units of course work. All beginning students who contemplate working towards a Sociology Honours degree should consult with the Department as soon as possible.

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 the intended supervisor in January and obtain guidelines and an application form from the Law and Society Program Co-ordinator as early as possible.

Courses Constituting the Field of Sociology
  • All courses labelled Sociology (SOCI).