Sociology is the study of human social life, focusing on developing an understanding of changes in social structure and human interaction on an individual, societal and global level. Students in Sociology learn to analyze social issues and think critically about the world around them.

A degree in Sociology prepares students for studies in areas such as criminology, journalism, law, medicine, nursing, planning and social work. Many students go on to do graduate work. Graduates of Sociology, Aboriginal Justice and Criminology, and/or the Certificate in Criminology and Addictions can apply to work in a variety of fields, including criminal justice, community based and government agencies, social science research, or use these programs as a first degree toward graduate work.

SOC 111 and SOC 112 are the prerequisites for all 200, 300, and 400-level courses. Students who have taken SOC 110 cannot take SOC 111 and SOC 112 for credit.  All 400-level courses are conducted as seminars and emphasize theoretical issues.

Some courses in Sociology are taught by faculty in the corresponding department of St. Thomas More College. These courses or sections are designated as STM section in the online Course Offerings.

Related programs

Students interested in Social Work and wish to begin their studies at the University of Saskatchewan should consult the College of Arts and Science First Year Student Handbook.

Major Average

The major average in Sociology programs includes the grades earned in:

  • All SOC and all courses listed in the Major Requirement B6.

The major average in Sociology - Indigenous Justice and Criminology (IJC) programs includes the grades earned in:

  • For Sociology Major: All SOC and all courses listed in the Major Requirement B6.
  • For IJC recognition: 6 credit units of 100-level SOC; 6 credit units of 100-level ENG; and all courses listed in the Major Requirement B6.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in Sociology, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • SOC 111 and SOC 112
  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement B6.

To receive a degree in Sociology - Indigenous Justice and Criminology (IJC), students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • SOC 111 and SOC 112 in Requirement B1.
  • 6 credit units 100-level ENG in Requirement B2.
  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement B6.

See Residency for additional details.

St. Thomas More College

Some courses in Sociology are taught by faculty in the corresponding department of St. Thomas More College. These courses or sections are designated as STM sections in the online Course Offerings.

Dual Degree

A dual degree Bachelor of Arts Four-year (B.A. 4-year) in Sociology program option is offered in partnership with Huazhong Agricultural University, China. A dual degree program allows students to pursue studies at two universities, satisfying both institutions' admission and degree requirements. Students receive a degree from both universities. Interested students should contact the Sociology Department general office (sociology@usask.ca) for further information.

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