Department of Sociology


Sociology, by its very nature, encompasses all spheres of social life. Accordingly, it allows students to delve into a rich variety of fascinating topics of great historical and contemporary relevance: animal studies; gender; poverty; the prison system; sexuality; and race and racism. Those students who wish to focus their study on one subject area can apply to complete a concentration.

Completing a concentration facilitates in-depth study of one subject area and allows students to see the development of scholarship in one subject area over time.

To be eligible to complete a concentration, students must be in the honours stream and maintaining a 70% major average. Those students completing a combined degree are not barred from completing a concentration, however doing so may result in having to take extra courses not otherwise required for the combined degree.
To declare a concentration, please schedule an academic advising appointment online:

To view the courses that make up each concentration, please consult the latest version of the calendar:

The Department of Sociology offers two concentrations:

Concentration in Critical Animal Studies
The concentration in animal studies is designed to trouble our assumptions about our relationships with animals. Students are encouraged to question inherited beliefs about the role of animals in our lives, the different ways we treat different species, and the distinction we make between animal societies and our own.
Students will take courses that examine the relationship between humans and canines; the legal status of animals; and the various ways animals are portrayed and treated across cultures.
To view the complete list of courses, please consult the most recent version of the calendar.

Concentration in Criminology
Our oldest concentration encourages students to think in a sustained way, perhaps for the first time, about why certain people are more likely to apprehended by the police, convicted if charged, and given harsher sentences. Rather than accepting the imprisonment of vast numbers of the population as given, or perhaps "unfortunate," students are encouraged to question the roots of the criminal justice system, its motives, and its impact on society.
Students will take courses in gang violence; gender and crime; and the media portrayal of crime and criminals.
For a complete list of courses, please consult the most recent version of the calendar.