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Faculty of Arts & Science


Is “people watching� one of your favorite pastimes? Are you fascinated by how people relate to each other and to their social surroundings? Do you sometimes find yourself making up theories as to why a group or society behaves the way it does? Discover your passion in our Sociology Department. Faculty of Arts & Science

What is Sociology? Sociology is the study of society, including the interaction between individuals, groups, and institutions. Sociological study helps develop original ways of looking at the world and the individual’s place within it. The application of sociological thinking can lead to a better understanding of social problems and issues and suggestions about how these issues may be overcome in real-world terms. By studying Sociology, you will gain insight into how people interact with one another and how values and beliefs both shape and are shaped by the structures and processes around us. The primary goal of the discipline is to stimulate sociological thinking—applying imagination and critical analysis to the many facets of social life. As a Sociology student, you will be exposed to a wide variety of alternative theories of social behaviour, structure, and change through a wide range of courses on topics such as: crime, religion, work, gender, age, ethnicity, politics, culture and health.

Sociology Courses

The Department of Sociology offers a major in Sociology for the 40-course Bachelor of Arts (BA) or the Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree programs. You can also opt for a General Major in the Social Sciences and select Sociology as one of your three streams. Alternatively, as a Sociology major, you can pursue a combined BA/BEd or BA/BMgt degree.

Sociology classes cover a vast array of topics and issues, including subjects like: • Research Methodology • Social Statistics • Classical & Contemporary Sociological Theory • Social Problems • Deviance, Conformity & Social Control • Religion, Youth, Aging, Gender, Families or Work • Digital Media • Mass Communications • Crime & Delinquency • Minority Group Relations • Political Sociology • Body & Society • Canadian Society • The Individual & Society • Medical Sociology • Rural Society • Women & Work • Historical Sociology

Honours Thesis

If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an Undergraduate Thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree. Contact the Department for information.

The Department also participates in the delivery of the Urban and Regional Studies and the Agricultural Studies Programs, focusing on the analysis of the physical, social, economic and political factors that shape our urban and rural communities. For more information, see your Program Planning Guide or speak to an Academic Advisor.

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What Are Your Future Prospects? Skills Acquired

By studying Sociology, you’ll not only broaden your understanding of the world around you, you’ll also develop strong critical, analytical and “big picture” thinking skills, advanced information acquisition and management skills, and your ability to apply your knowledge across various disciplines. Additionally, you will develop written and oral communication skills, as well as increasing your attention to detail. All of these abilities are transferable to virtually any industry or occupation and are highly sought after in the working world.

Graduate Studies

Research in Sociology is traditionally undertaken by those holding a Master’s (MA) or a Doctorate (PhD). Your undergrad degree will prepare you for postgraduate studies, whether you choose to continue your graduate studies here at the University of Lethbridge or at another institution anywhere in the world.

Professional Disciplines

Your Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) in Sociology also provides an excellent foundation for Law, Journalism, Management or Education.

Related Fields

There are numerous career options open to Sociology graduates, like: • Social Work • Market Research • Criminal Justice • Population Demographics • Rehabilitation Counselling • Civil Service • Services for Youth • Community Relations Specialists • Women’s Rights Lobbying • Urban Planners • Family Services • Child Care Workers • Employment Counselling • Corporate Trainers • Human Resources • Public Affairs Officers • Admissions Counselling • Statisticians • Policy Analysis • Instructors

Our Faculty Members & Their Research Faculty members at the University of Lethbridge are happy to involve undergraduate students in their research projects. Our faculty members often collaborate with other departments, community members and employers on research projects—giving you the opportunity to get additional hands-on experience with renowned professionals.

Current Research & Areas of Interest: • • • • • • • • •

Social Trends in Canada Canadian Society & Politics Ethnic & Immigrant Life in Canada Religion & Society in East Asia Racism & Anti-Semitism Classical & Critical Theory The History of Ideas Emigration History History of Agrarian Radicalism

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Personal & Cultural Identity Youth Subculture The Sociology of the Emotions Culture & Religion Material Culture Sport & Culture Ethnology & Folklore Risk Society Inequality & Poverty Socio-Economic Development

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Research Methods Parental Experience Developmental Disabilities & Institutions Gender & Sexuality Gender & Work Volunteer Work & Family CareGiving Problem Gambling Crime & Deviance Theory

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The Migration Intentions of Rural Alberta Teens Eugenics & Social Control Disability & Society Parenting & Family Issues Sociology of Health & Illness Global Population Life Course

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Put Your Knowledge to Work

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects or by testing your knowledge in a real-life setting, we can help. Combined with your required coursework, the programs outlined below will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career—whatever direction you decide to go.

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Applied Studies

Applied Studies is another special opportunity offered to all Arts & Science students as a way to earn course credit for career-related paid, volunteer or Community Service work experience. This program is specially designed to allow you to integrate principles learned in the classroom in a practical work setting. For more information on Applied Studies, visit:

Research & Independent Studies

In addition to your regular courses, you have the opportunity to participate in Independent Studies. You’re able to contribute to departmental activities by volunteering on research projects or through employment as a Research Assistant.

Co-operative Education & Internships

If your GPA is high enough, you can also enrol in undergraduate thesis-based courses where research is a component of your studies. There are field school opportunities available in some disciplines, as well as many opportunities to study abroad.

The Faculty of Arts & Science is proud to offer you the chance to participate in our award-winning Co-op Program—the only one of its kind in Alberta. Co-op allows you to gain work experience directly related to your studies and make invaluable contacts in the workforce, all while earning a competitive salary. Completion of the program allows you to receive a Co-op designation on your degree and, most importantly, a kick-start to your career the minute you graduate.

For current Research or Independent Studies opportunities, contact the Department directly.

For more information on Co-operative Education & Internships, visit:

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*This brochure should be used in conjunction with the University of Lethbridge calendar, which is the final authority regarding program requirements and academic regulations.

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