BA in Sociology

What does a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology look like?

Students at the U of S can take courses or specialize in several fields of Sociology, including criminology and legal studies, race and ethnic relations, medical sociology and health care, labour and education, agriculture and development, women’s and family studies, mass media and communications, and religion.

All Sociology majors are required to take a general introductory course in the discipline as well as courses in social theory and social research methods. They can choose additional courses from the fields that interest them. Students doing a BA 4-year program must also take courses in statistics and senior courses from selected areas. The Honours degree requires that students take advanced courses in theory and research methods and seminar courses in specialized areas within Sociology.

Requirements

The Department of Arts and Science offers 3 BA programs for undergraduates:

  • BA 3-Year Degree
  • BA 4-Year Degree
  • BA 4-Year Honours Degree

Each degree will require a certain amount of credit units to be taken, with a number of them designated to sociology classes. For a comprehensive list of requirements to each of these degree programs, please visit Programs and Program Requirements.

If you are looking for a descriptions of the courses offered in the Department of Sociology, or at the univeristy in general please visit the Course Catalogue

For high school and prospective students, please click here to find out what the University of Saskatchewan has to offer for you based on your interests.

Dual Degree

What is the Dual Degree?

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.

How do I Apply?

First, apply to the College of Arts and Science. After you have been admitted you can apply to the Dual Degree program through a request submitted to the Department.

To apply to the College of Arts and Science download the application form from University Admissions or contact the Recruitment and Admissions office at 306-966-5788. Application deadlines are listed on the University Admissions website. You will then have to declare your major in Sociology. For more information on declaring a major, please visit here.

Language Requirements

Due to the fact that half of your undergraduate degree will be spent in China, there are language requirements that need to be fulfilled. There are two ways in which you can fulfill this requirement:

  • For credit: The Department of Linguistics and Religious Studies offers language courses for credit. For more information, please visit their website.
  • Not for credit: The Confucious Institute offers language courses, which can be found here.

Once you have finished your initial training, you can take the HSK test which is offered by the Confucious Institute.

ABJAC

Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program

What is ABJAC?

ABJAC is for Aboriginal students concerned with issues of social justice and criminology. Graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sociology and concentration in Aboriginal Justice and Criminology. ABJAC students can complete a BA 3-year degree, B.A. 4-year degree, or B.A. Honours degree.

Graduates of the program may apply for employment in the criminal justice system directly upon graduation, or may use the program as a step towards advanced degrees such as a Bachelor of Laws or a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Why ABJAC?

The ABJAC program was created in 1991 to meet the needs of 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 (SOC 313.6 & SOC 314.6). Practicums are usually taken the summer after the second and third year of the students’ program that allows students to work in justice organizations for course credit. Students attend two orientation days of classes prior to commencing their agency placements. The organizations in which the students may work range from Aboriginal community programs to non-profit advocacy groups to penal institutions. The practicum aspect of the program, combined with its academic focus, provides a sound foundation for Aboriginal students planning a career in the justice field.

Permission has been granted from the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to restrict these practicum classes to Aboriginal students only.

How do I Apply? 

First, apply to the College of Arts and Science. Students are encouraged to take the two SOC 100-level courses (SOC 111.3 & SOC 112.3) before applying to the program. Students are not usually accepted into the ABJAC program until they have completed their first year of universities studies.

To apply to the College of Arts and Science download the application form from University Admissions or contact the Recruitment and Admissions office at 306-966-5788. Application deadlines are listed on the University Admissions website.

To apply to the ABJAC program you may download the application, or on receipt of a telephone request, an application to the ABJAC program will be forwarded to you. The deadline for application to the ABJAC program is March 15th of each calendar year.

Students at the Agency Appreciation Day

 Student Appreciation Day

Program Requirements

Required courses: SOC 111.3, 112.3, 203.3, 212.3, 219.3, 225.3, 232.3, 233.3, 313.6, 314.6, and six credit units of 100-level English.

Recommended courses:  SOC 234.3, 311.3, 312.3, 329.3, 334.3, 341.3, 418.3, 419.3, 439.3.  We also recommend that students take INDG 105.3 and 106.3.  

Students are allowed to take up to 42 credit units in Sociology in the BA 3-year program.  

For more information on the College of Arts & Science requirements, course information, or other related matters please see the current Course and Program Catalogue.

Careers in the Field of Criminal Justice

Graduates of the program may apply for employment in the following areas of the justice system:

Parole / Probation Officer, Corrections Officer, Youth Outreach Worker, Criminal Investigator, Courtworker, staff at Healing Lodges, Police Officer.

Students have opportunities to learn about addictions, colonization and racism, Aboriginal and treaty rights, successful programs and services for Aboriginal peoples, conflict management and mediation as well as the structure of the Canadian criminal justice system. Students completing the ABJAC program are not limited to careers in the criminal justice system, with many of our graduates holding management jobs or positions that deal with the rights of Aboriginal Peoples.

For more information, please contact:

ABJAC Office, Arts 1022
Department of Sociology
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK   S7N 5A5

Tel:  306-966-2787
Fax:  306-966-6950
Email:  abjac@usask.ca

Minor

in Crime, Law & Justice Studies

While criminology focuses on understanding the origins of crime, both at the individual and social level, justice studies go beyond and focus on how the law comes to be applied to individuals and groups on the bases of social characteristics. The general field of justice studies, then, tries to understand how some people gain advantage through the justice system and how some suffer substantial disadvantage, not necessarily on the basis of their criminality but on the basis of social categories and social definitions.

For the requirements related to a minor in Crime & Justice Studies, please click here.

CCAP

Certificate in Criminology and Addictions Program

2016 Admissions update:

The application process for fall 2016 is now complete.  The deadline for fall 2017 admission is March 15, 2017.

What is CCAP?

The Certificate in Criminology & Addictions Program (CCAP) has been designed to offer students an innovative program that will allow them to explore greater opportunities in corrections, public safety, policing, court services, advocacy, addictions services, and other areas in the criminal or social justice system, as well as a foundation for further academic study or research.

CCAP can accommodate 12 new students each year. New students are encouraged to take the two SOC 100-level courses (SOC 111.3 & SOC 112.3) during the summer prior to their first full year of study to help lighten the regular session load, and to give them an orientation to university life.

Graduates of the program may apply for employment in corrections, public safety, policing, court services, advocacy, addictions services, and other areas in the criminal or social justice system, as well as a foundation for further academic study or research. Graduates may use this program as a step towards an undergraduate degree in Sociology, Psychology, Native Studies or a related discipline. All of the courses may also be used to meet the requirements towards B.A. 3-year degree, B.A. 4 year degree, or B.A. 4-year Honours degree.

Why CCAP?

There are currently no programs offered at the University of Saskatchewan or in the province of Saskatchewan that focus on criminology and addictions. A survey of 45 Canadian Universities also suggests the absence of programming that combines these two areas of study. Independently each field has achieved popularity nationally; degree programs in criminology are available across Canada and addictions training programs are numerous at provincial and national levels. The certificate format also distinguishes the program from degree programs allowing for improved public access to university education.

What also makes this program unique are the two 3-week practicum courses (SOC 317.3 and SOC 318.3)usually taken after the completion of the students’ courses. This allows students to work in justice organizations for course credit. Students attend two orientation days of classes prior to commencing their agency placements. The organizations in which the students may work range from community programs, restorative justice and social justice initiatives, non-profit advocacy groups to penal institutions. The practicum aspect of the program, combined with its academic focus, provides a sound foundation for students planning a career in the justice field.

How do I Apply?

First, apply to the College of Arts and Science. After you have been admitted you can apply to the CCAP. Students are not usually accepted into the CCAP until they have completed their first year of universities studies.

To apply to the College of Arts and Science download the application form from University Admissions or contact the Recruitment and Admissions office at 306-966-5788. Application deadlines are listed on the University Admissions website.

To apply to the CCAP you may download the application, or on receipt of a telephone request, an application to the CCAP will be forwarded to you. The current deadline for application to the CCAP is March 15th of each calendar year.

  • The DEADLINE is March 15, 2017 for the Fall 2017 intake.  The fall 2018 DEADLINE is January 2018. 

Program Requirements

Required courses: INDG 107.3, SOC 111.3, SOC 112.3, SOC 212.3, SOC 232, SOC 317.3 SOC 318.3, SOC 347.3.

Choose 3 credits from: INDG 273.3, SOC 219.3, SOC 311.3, SOC 312.3, SOC 329.3

Choose 3 credits from: PHIL 115.3, PSY 120.3, PSY 121.3, PSY 230.3, PSY 231.3, PSY 242.3, PSY 261.3, PSY 380.3, PSY 480.3, SOC 203.3, SOC 214.3, SOC 219.3, SOC 234.3, SOC 311.3, SOC 312.3, SOC 319.3, SOC 329.3, SOC 341.3, INDG 220.3, INDG 255.3, INDG 261.3, INDG 273.3, INDG 373.3, ANTH 403.3.

http://www.usask.ca/programs/colleges-schools/arts-science/criminology-and-addictions-certificate/index.php

Careers in the Field

Graduates of the program may apply for employment in the following areas of the justice system:

Parole/probation officer, corrections officer, youth outreach worker, criminal investigator, court worker, staff at healing lodges, police officer

Students completing CCAP are not limited to careers in the criminal justice system. Many of our graduates hold management jobs or positions that deal with social justice.

For more information, please contact:

CCAP
Department of Sociology
University of Saskatchewan
1022 - 9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK   S7N 5A5

Tel:  306-966-2787
Fax:  306-966-6950
Email:  ccap@usask.ca