About

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.


Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will examine human behavior and why people interact the way they do. You will focus on current social issues and the evolutionary changes of societies as you explore criminology and legal studies, race and ethnic relations, medical sociology, labour and education, agriculture and development, women's and gender studies, mass media and communications, and religion.You will also have the opportunity to develop skills related to research methods, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
SOC 111 Foundations in Sociology Society Structure Process
PSY 120* Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology
HIST 115* History Matters Ideas and Culture
ENG 110* Literature and Composition
PHIL 110* Introduction to Philosophy

Winter Term
SOC 112 Foundations in Sociology Social Construction of Everyday Life
PSY 121* Social Clinical Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology
WGST 112* Introduction to Womens and Gender Studies
ENG 110* Literature and Composition
CMPT 120* Digital Document Processing

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

SOC 212: Introduction to Criminology
An introduction to the study of crime and criminological theories. In addition to developing an understanding of criminological theories, students examine the rich and diverse nature of Canadian criminological research. Specific topics may include: women and crime, prison and restorative justice, youth justice,  and the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples.

SOC 328: Social Inequality and Health
Explores the inter-relationships between sociological theory, health and illness, and various dimensions of social inequality such as socio-economic security/insecurity, gender, class, race and ethnicity, ability/disability, and access to health care services. Course objectives will be achieved through the integration of theoretical and experiential learning.

SOC 430: Sociology of Science and Knowledge
The social conditions and consequences of the production, distribution and consumption of scientific and other forms of knowledge are examined in this course. Deploying classical and contemporary theories, specific institutional settings and ongoing debates over concepts and issues such as knowledge society, indigenous knowledge, corporatization of the university, gendered knowledge, etc. are examined.

Study abroad
You can take advantage of our unique study abroad opportunities.

Unique opportunities
The Sociology Department hosts the Sorokin Lecture Series, in honour of Professor Pitirim Sorokin, a famous Russian sociologist whose writings cover the breadth of sociology. uSask holds part of his personal library, which includes letters, original and revised manuscripts, his works in numerous translations and book reviews. Researchers from around the world come to the University specifically to study the collection of Sorokin lectures produced by uSask.

Aboriginal Justice and Criminology (ABJAC) option
ABJAC is for Aboriginal students interested in justice careers. It is the only program of its kind in North America. What makes the program unique are the two 12-week practicum courses that allows students to work at local, national or international justice agencies and organizations for course credit. This option allows you to earn your Sociology degree with a concentration in Aboriginal Justice and Criminology.

Careers

Many Sociology graduates find themselves in unique and fulfilling jobs, in areas such as politics, education, administration, business, communications, corrections and law, public relations, community affairs or research.

Some career opportunities include:

  • Community agencies
  • Social services and counselling
  • Corrections and criminal justice
  • Youth justice
  • Human rights and advocacy
  • Probation or parole
  • Public administration
  • Public policy and human resources
  • Public relations
  • Sociology and academia
  • Social research
  • Social work

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Sociology degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Arts Four-year
  • Bachelor of Arts Three-year
  • Bachelor of Arts or Honours
  • Bachelor of Arts Double Honours

While you complete your Bachelor degree, you can also enhance your experience with the following options:

While you complete your degree, you can also complete a concentration in Aboriginal Justice and Criminology. This program is intended to prepare Indigenous students for careers in corrections, public safety, advocacy, and other areas related to criminal or social justice. It includes required courses in Sociology, focusing on criminology and related courses including a two 12-week practicum in justice organizations.

The Dual Degree is a chance for undergraduate students enrolled in Sociology to split their time between the University of Saskatchewan and Xi'an Jiaotong University in China. 

This certificate program explores greater opportunities in corrections, public safety, policing, court services, advocacy, addictions services, and other areas in the criminal or social justice system.

Consult with an advisor

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree or if you wish to pursue a concentration in ABJAC, a Dual Degree or a Certificate in Criminology and Addictions.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
Spring
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
Summer
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
Fall
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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