Sociology

Department of Sociology

General Office: Tilley Hall, Room 20
Mailing Address: Department of Sociology,
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada, E3B 5A3 
Phone: (506) 453-4849
Email:  socio@unb.ca
Website: //www.unb.ca/fredericton/arts/departments/sociology/index.html 
Chair: Dr. Lucia Tramonte

 Faculty

  • Bombak, Andrea, BSc (Calg), MA, PhD (Manitoba), Asst Prof - 2017
  • Bowden, Gary, BA (W. Wash), MA, PhD (Calg), Assoc Prof - 1990
  • Dafnos, Tia, BA (U of T), MA, PhD (York), Assoc Prof - 2015
  • Gill, Carmen, BA, MA, PhD (Qc), Prof - 2004
  • Gupta, Neeru, BSc, PhD (Montr), Assoc Prof - 2016
  • Hardy, Nick, BA, MA (Essex), PhD (Qu), Assoc Prof - 2013
  • Hofmann, David, BA (Western), MSc (U de Montreal), PhD (Waterloo), Assoc Prof - 2016
  • Holtmann, Cathy, BA (Winnipeg), MDiv (St Michael's), MA (UNB), PhD (UNB), Assoc Prof & Dir MMF Ctr for Family Violence Research - 2015
  • Low, Jacqueline, BA, MA (Conc.), PhD (McM), Prof - 2001
  • Miedema, Baukje, BA, MA, PhD (UNB), Adjunct - 2011
  • Nason-Clark, Nancy, BSc (Houghton Col. NY), MA (Wat), PhD (Lond), Prof Emerita - 1984
  • Neilson, Linda, BA, LL.B (UNB), PhD (Lond), Prof Emerita - 1993
  • O’Donnell, Susan, BA (Ott), MA (Cardiff), Adjunct - 2004
  • Reddick, Andy, BA (Qu, Car), MA, PhD (Carl), Adjunct - 2012
  • Rehorick, David A., BA, MA, PhD (Alta), Prof Emeritus - 1974
  • Thériault, Luc, BA (Qc), M.Sc (Montr), PhD (Tor), Prof - 2005
  • Tramonte, Lucia, BA, MA, PhD (UNIMI), Prof - 2009
  • van den Hoonaard, Will C., BA (UNB), MA (Mem), PhD (Manc), Prof Emeritus - 1979

General Information

The Sociology Department curriculum is divided into different levels that students should be aware of when choosing courses in which to enrol. By selecting the courses most appropriate to a student’s level of existing sociological knowledge and current level of undergraduate study, students will have a much more rewarding learning experience. If in any doubt, contact the Sociology Undergraduate Director or a particular course Instructor for enrolment guidance. 

Lower Level Courses

Lower Level courses numbered in the 1000s – e.g., SOCI 1503 ‘Sociological Perspectives’ – are considered introductory courses. A course at this level is designed with the assumption that students have no or very little background in sociology and is taught in a way that builds up knowledge of sociology. Courses may cover a variety of topics year by year, but all will help develop sociological thinking and reasoning.

1000-level courses are excellent for First-Year Arts Faculty students as well as First-, Second-, or even Third-Year students from other Faculties.

Lower Level courses numbered in the 2000s – e.g., SOCI 2603 ‘Sociology of Deviance’ – are considered to be foundational sociology courses covering subjects and topics that are designed to give students a firm basis on which to continue studies in sociology as well as, potentially, other Arts Faculty subjects. Foundational courses focus more heavily upon a single topic (in contrast to the more general 1000-level courses), enabling students to get a firm grasp of key issues in a particular subject or topic area.

Upper Level Courses

Upper Level courses numbered in the 3000s and 4000s develop abilities to conduct sociological inquiry by building upon the knowledge and skills gained in previous studies. These courses go into much more depth about the topics and subjects students are examining. At the 4000 level, courses are designed to enable students to engage at the highest undergraduate level, using clear and precise analytical and critical reasoning.

Minor, Majors, and Honours Programs


Minor

The Minor in Sociology consists of 24 ch in Sociology. Of the 24 ch required for a Minor, at least 12 ch must be Upper Level courses. Only courses completed with a grade of C or higher count towards a Minor in Sociology.

Majors

Students intending to take a Single Major in Sociology or a Double Major in Sociology and another Arts discipline are usually expected to have completed at least 12 ch of Sociology courses prior to entering their Major. Students must contact the Sociology Undergraduate Director for approval and to register for a Major in Sociology.

• Single Majors must complete a minimum of 36 ch of Sociology, of which 24 ch must be Upper-Level courses.
• Double Majors must complete a minimum of 30 ch of Sociology of which 18 ch must be Upper-Level courses.

Permission may be granted by the Sociology Undergraduate Director for a student to count up to 6 ch of 3000-level or 4000-level courses in a related subject as credit towards the requirements for a Major in Sociology.

The following courses are compulsory for a student to graduate with a Single Major: SOCI 2022, SOCI 3004, SOCI 3014, and SOCI 4022.

The following courses are compulsory for a student to graduate with a Double Major: SOCI 2022, SOCI 3004, and SOCI 3014.

Students must complete the required number of credit hours with an overall GPA of 2.0 or better. Only courses completed with a grade of C or higher count towards a Single Major in Sociology or a Double Major in Sociology and another Arts discipline.

Honours

Students intending to take a Single Honours in Sociology or Joint Honours in Sociology and another Arts discipline are usually expected to have completed at least 12 ch of Sociology courses, have a 3.3 GPA or better in Sociology courses (not including 1000-level courses), and to have a 2.7 GPA or better across their other undergraduate courses. Entry for non-Arts Faculty students or for students having taken a large number of non-Arts Faculty courses might still be approved by the Sociology Undergraduate Director.

  • Single Honours students must complete a minimum of 42 ch in Sociology, of which a minimum of 30 ch must be at the Upper Level.
  • Joint Honours students must complete 30 ch of Sociology courses, of which a minimum of 18 ch must be at the Upper Level.

The following courses are compulsory for a student to graduate with Single Honours in Sociology: SOCI 2022, SOCI 3004, SOCI 3014, SOCI 4004, SOCI 4011, and SOCI 4022.

The following courses are compulsory for a student to graduate with Joint Honours in Sociology and another Arts discipline: SOCI 2022, SOCI 3004, SOCI 3014, and SOCI 4004, in addition to either SOCI 4011 or SOCI 4022.

There is an option in the Single Honours program that a student may research and write an Honours Thesis (SOCI 5000). The project should produce a 40-60 pp manuscript and must be approved by the Sociology Department. This option is only available to students with a 3.4 CGPA.

Students must complete the required number of Sociology courses with a GPA of 3.3 or better and must have an overall GPA of 2.7 or better on their general transcript. For a First Class Honours standing, students must maintain a GPA of 3.6 or above in their required Sociology courses and a GPA of 2.7 or above in their remaining courses. Only courses completed with a grade of C or higher count towards a Single Honours in Sociology or Joint Honours in Sociology and another Arts discipline.

(For further Arts Faculty regulations, please see the following link: //www.unb.ca/academics/calendar/undergraduate/current/frederictonprograms/bachelorofarts/index.html)