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Welcome to the Department of Sociology

What is Sociology?

The Canadian Sociology Association identifies Sociology as:

“…the study of individuals and society. What makes it unique among academic disciplines is its focus from a myriad of angles, on the linkages between our individual experience and the context of the wider society in which we live. Investigating the social ties between individual and society, between our private realm and the public sphere, and between freedom and constraint – these are the heart of sociology. Adopting this way of seeing – C. Wright Mills called it “the sociological imagination” – helps us understand how powerfully the world in which we live shapes what we do and how we do it.”

A degree in sociology gives you the skills needed to see society and human interactions in a different way. You will learn qualitative and quantitative methodologies, along with gaining a theoretical base. The skills learned from your degree will benefit you in future job positions or academic pursuits in a graduate program or applied college.

What Can a Sociology Degree do for You?

With a B.A. in sociology, many opportunities open up to you. You can decide to continue on into graduate studies, working towards an M.A. and a possible Ph.D. From there you can focus on teaching, researching, or both. You can also leave the university after the completion of your B.A. or your completed graduate degrees and join the broader workforce. Many sociology graduates find themselves in unique and fulfilling jobs, in areas such as: Politics; Teaching & Education; Administration, Business & Communication; Corrections & Law; Public Relations; Community Affairs; and Research. You could find yourself working with the federal government or with a non-profit organization. Maybe you'll be writing policy, or advocating for human rights. The possibilities are endless because with a B.A. in sociology, you are given the tools to think critically, apply problem solving strategies using your acquired researching tools, and communicate your ideas both written and orally in an organized fashion.  

Sociology at the U of S

The Department of Sociology is committed to linking the aims of the discipline with the mission of the University of Saskatchewan. Sociology is oriented to teach students to think critically about society, to collect and analyze information about social issues, and to provide training for career opportunities and scholarly pursuits among diverse student bodies. At the University of Saskatchewan, the Department of Sociology has a multitude of programs for undergraduate students, with an array of topics to explore. As a graduate student in the department, you can take your topic interests even farther working with one of our faculty members towards a Masters of Ph.D.

Department of Sociology Newsletter

To find out what is going on in the department, please read our most recent newsletter by clicking here --> 2015 Spring Newsletter

 To find out more information on the SOC 990 Conference see our pamphlet.

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Sociology Graduation Photos
posted January 13, 2016
Graduation Photos Appointment sheet for graduate photos are located in the Sociology general office Arts 1019. Dates scheduled are February 8, 9, 10, 2016 and picture will be taken in 1022...

47th Annual Sorokin Lecture
posted January 13, 2016
The 47th Annual Sorokin Lecture will be presented by Dr. William Carroll, on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 7:00pm in Arts 146. Title of presentation: Expose, Oppose, Propose: Cognitive Praxis in...

College participates in Summer Institute in India
posted June 17, 2015
The College of Arts & Science helped to organize and deliver the Summer Institute of Global Health and Development this month in India. Co-organizer Tannistha Samanta is a previous visiting...

Convocation 2015: top graduating students
posted June 4, 2015
Photos by Daniel Belhumeur, Sevenstar Studio The following graduating students were the recipients of top academic...

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