Welcome Undergraduate Students!

Undergraduate Chair: Dr. Carolyn Brooks (carolyn.brooks@usask.ca)

Are you thinking of an undergraduate degree in Sociology? Consider these questions:

  • How are crime rates changing and how can we make sense of those changes?
  • How are the food choices we make related to the lives of people in developing countries?  
  • What do we mean by Indigenous justice and Indigenous knowledge? How are these concepts related to the lives of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people?  
  • How is immigration shaping our society? How do immigrants' life chances compare with those of people born in Canada?  
  • How do women with breast cancer make sense of their illness and their relations with others? 
  • Do increased educational opportunities lead to better job and social opportunities for all Canadians?  
  • What do we mean by addictions and what are the dimensions of addictions of various forms in Canada? 
  • How are transformations associated with new technologies and globalization affecting our lives and communities?

These issues describe just a few of the many areas covered by courses and research in Sociology. 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. As the above questions reveal, the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan includes a diverse range of core programming in the discipline and more specialized program, research and outreach activities. We offer programs for Sociology majors leading to a BA 3-year, BA 4-year and, for those wishing to pursue graduate studies or other opportunities in the discipline, a BA Honours degree. We also have an array of programs to compliment to our BA degree program, including: Aboriginal Justice and Criminiology (ABJAC), Certificate in Criminology and Addictions Program (CCAP), as well as a minor in Law, Crime, and Justice. We also have an exciting new program that enables qualified students to combine studies in Canada and China leading to BA degrees from both the University of Saskatchewan and Xi'an Jiaotong University in China.

What Can a BA in Sociology do for You?

After completing a BA in Sociology, there are two general routes you can take. You can apply for Graduate Studies, continuing with your academic studies and working towards teaching and research, or you can go out and work in areas that you have a passion for. A Sociology degree provides insight into different social factors like gender, social class, race, ethnicity, age, and education that can help you better understand your work. It can take you anywhere from being a police officer in the justice system to an advertiser in business or helping with community development. It gives you the skills needed to better understand your social surroundings and how structures work.