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For more information visit or contact a student recruitment officer at
[email protected] or 204.786.9844. In any case where The University of Winnipeg Academic Calendar and
this fact sheet differ, the current Calendar takes precedence.
Sociology is a social science that uses theoretical and scientific methods of research to investigate the social world.
Sociology is an examination of the relations between the “individual” and “society.” Studying sociology can help you to develop a
“sociological imagination.” A sociological imagination is a quality of mind that gives us the ability to understand our own personal
experiences as they are shaped by the society in which we live. Sociologists help us to understand how common sense comes to
be common sense. In other words, sociology tells us how and why certain ideas are taken for granted and become popular and
dominant during different social, economic and historical time periods. Sociology is often referred to as the “queen of the social
sciences” because it uses history, philosophy, economics and statistics to understand social phenomena like crime rates, social
inequality, student protest and changes taking place in capitalist democracies. Undergraduate sociology students learn a variety of
rigorous methods used by contemporary sociologists to understand and explain the social world. In part, this involves developing
foundational skills in statistical reasoning, qualitative research methods, and sociological theory. A degree in sociology will provide
you with the analytical tools required for engaged citizenship in the 21 century.
This program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree (3-year, 4-year, or Honours) with a Major in Sociology. Another option available
through the Sociology department is a Research Methods Certificate.
Students taking a degree in another Major may choose to add a Minor in Sociology as a secondary area of interest.
Students who graduate with an undergraduate honours degree in sociology go on to advanced study in a variety of areas such as
law, journalism, social work, criminology, business, and politics. Others find employment in government and non-governmental
organizations doing advocacy work, social scientific research, and community service.
Introduction to Sociology is a required first-year course that introduces the study of society and the discipline of sociology. Topics
include culture, socialization, social differences, inequality, and the dynamics of social change. Social institutions such as the
economy, family, education, religion, and the state will also be examined.
Criminological Theory is a popular second-year course that examines biological, psychological and sociological explanations
used to explain crime and develop punishment policy. The course provides a foundation for the advanced study in undergraduate
Race, Ethnic and Aboriginal Relations, a second-year course, examines the place that ‘race’ occupies in the history of EuroAmerican settler societies such as Canada. This course considers a wide range of topics including government policies dealing
with indigenous peoples, various forms of racism and hate crime, and the theory and practice of anti-racism.
Sociology of the Environment is a second-year course that examines environmental issues including environmental movements,
the political economy of the environment, and debates surrounding concepts like sustainable development, deep ecology, and
green consumerism.
Crime, Victimization, and Justice in Aboriginal Communities
Socialization & Development
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods
Introduction to Research Design and Qualitative Research Methods
Sociological Theory
Immigrant Families
Sociology of Deviance
Sociology of Aging
Sex & Gender Relationships
Political Sociology
Sociology of Law
Sociology of Medicine
Last Updated: July 2016
Research opportunities may be available to students in their third and fourth year of study. In addition to entrance and
undergraduate scholarships available to all students, there are eight scholarships designated for continuing Sociology students.
Applications are available from the Department Assistant.
“Sociology is a scientific discipline that taught me how to use empirical data and theoretical concepts to make sense of the social
world. As an undergraduate sociology student I learned how to do research and to think like a social scientist. In today’s
“knowledge economy” you will discover that not all information is factual or reliable. The critical thinking skills you gain from a
degree in sociology will enable you to assess arguments and conclusions. These are valuable skills you will carry throughout the
course of your life and career enabling you to become an engaged citizen. Whether you decide to become a journalist, activist,
parent, lawyer, social worker, or small business owner, studying sociology will help you to make informed (evidence-based)
decisions to maximize your personal and professional contributions to the social world in which you live and work. The skills I
gained from earning my undergraduate degree in sociology enabled me to understand world events and to make sense of my own
experiences. Today, it helps me to understand and navigate through the various issues we all face in a global economy.”
- Dr Kirsten Kramar (BA Hons ’91)
“Studying sociology at The University of Winnipeg has enabled me to understand my environment with greater depth. Faculty
members encouraged me to think critically both inside and outside of the classroom, and were particularly supportive of my
intellectual pursuits. The curriculum was strong, and each professor offered practical solutions to improving the social world. Since
graduating with an honours degree, I have secured small grants for my own research interests, obtained lucrative contract work
through local agencies, and received full funding for graduate school. The opportunities are countless!”
- Caitlin Forsey (BA Hons.’07 Sociology)
“Faculty members in the Department of Sociology provided me with advanced learning and research opportunities that enabled me
to secure an internship at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in Ottawa. This opportunity complements the work I
am doing at Carleton University where I am studying for my graduate degree in Sociology.” - Shayna Gersher (BA Hons ’11)
NOTE: This sample first year is representative of the courses you may take. For many of our programmes, you may choose
another set of courses and still be well on your way to a degree. Also, for most programmes you do not have to take 30 credit
hours (five full courses) in your first year.
SOC-1006(3) Beginnings in Law and Criminology
SOC-1101(6) Introduction to Sociology
RHET-1102(3) Academic Writing: Social Sciences or any other section of Academic Writing (if required)
6 credit hours Humanities (e.g., Classics, Philosophy, History, or English)
12 credit hours Electives, depending on interest. Examples are first-year courses in Women’s & Gender Studies, Rhetoric
& Communications, Political Science, or Psychology.
You must meet The University of Winnipeg’s general admission requirements. No specific courses are required.
To find out more information on application requirements, deadlines, and to access the application, please visit
Catherine Hunter (Acting Chair)
Phone: 204.786.9283
Email: [email protected]
Department Assistant
Phone: 204.786.9364
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: July 2016

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