Program Requirements and Options

Whether students are planning to specialize in Sociology or Criminology, all first year students must take Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1200). This course introduces students to the core ideas and themes in Sociology, including but not limited to crime, deviance, human rights, and social justice. Because this course is a prerequisite for all other sociology and criminology courses, students must complete Introduction to Sociology (SOC 1200) with a minimum grade of C if they wish to enrol in any advanced sociology courses.

After taking Introduction to Sociology, there are almost 60 different undergraduate courses to choose from, covering a wide spectrum of issues and topics. These courses are available to students either as electives chosen to supplement their major area of study, or as more concentrated programs with sociology or criminology.

  • For students majoring or minoring in Sociology, courses cover a wide range of topics such as inequality, health, aging, the family, gender, race and ethnicity, social psychology, the media, consumerism, globalization, the environment, religion, criminology, and social justice.
  • For students majoring in Criminology, courses cover a broad range of topics such as youth crime, global criminology, policing, law, Indigenous justice, women and crime, restorative justice, and genocide.

Students looking to gain valuable experience and training in field research can also apply to study in our Practicum in Criminological/Sociological Research course (SOC 3100).

Honours Program

Honours courses are organized as seminars with a maximum enrolment of 20 students, which allows students to learn in an interactive and engaging format. Honours students will also take a thesis course over two terms where they will choice a specialized research topic both in class and with a designated professor of their choosing. 

Honours Program in Sociology

Honours Program in Criminology

Honours and Pre-Master's Student Theses