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Undergraduate programs

A degree that makes sense of society

Sociology is the study of society and involves the systematic analysis of social institutions, social processes and social interaction.

Our graduates have gone on to careers in social research, public policy, management, marketing and social services, among other areas.

A degree in sociology is useful preparation for many career paths. It provides you with valuable and transferable skills such as the ability to think critically, analyze and problem solve.

Students who are considering undergraduate study in sociology may choose from a variety of program options:



Honours

The honours program in sociology is an advanced program of study oriented towards preparation for post-graduate learning and research. You may pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with honours in sociology (single program) or joint honours within an interdisciplinary program.

Honouring in sociology usually begins in the third year of undergraduate study, following completion of approximately 60 credit hours, including 12 credit hours of introductory and foundational sociology courses (that is, courses numbered in the 1000s and 2000s). There is an option for you to research and write an Honours Thesis

Single honours program: a minimum of 42 credit hours in sociology with high academic standing. If you take the optional honours thesis (SOCI 5000), at least 30 of these credit hours must be advanced-level sociology courses (that is, courses numbered in the 3000s and 4000s). Otherwise, 36 credit hours must be advanced-level courses.

Joint honours program: a minimum of 30 sociology credit hours with high academic standing. If you take the optional honours thesis (SOCI 5000), at least 18 of these credit hours must be advanced-level sociology courses. Otherwise, 24 credit hours must be advanced-level courses.

You must usually maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better in your sociology courses to pursue an honours (or a GPA of 3.6 or above for a First Class Honours standing). The following courses are compulsory to graduate with single or joint honours: SOCI 3004, SOCI 3014, SOCI 4004, SOCI 4011, and SOCI 4022 . For a full list of sociology courses, please consult the undergraduate calendar and current undergraduate course timetable.

Students seeking admission to a single or a joint honours program must apply to the sociology director of undergraduate studies, typically during the second year of your program.

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Major

Majoring in sociology usually begins in the third year of undergraduate study, following completion of at least 12 credit hours of introductory and foundational sociology courses (that is, courses numbered in the 1000s and 2000s). You may pursue a single major in sociology or a double major within an interdisciplinary program.

Single major program: a minimum of 36 credit hours in sociology, of which at least 24 credit hours must be advanced-level sociology courses (that is, courses numbered in the 3000s and 4000s).

Double major program: a minimum of 30 credit hours in sociology, of which at least 21 credit hours must be advanced-level sociology courses.

You must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or better to major in sociology. The following courses are compulsory to graduate with single or double major: SOCI 3004, SOCI 3014, SOCI 3103, SOCI SOCI 4011, and SOCI 4022. For a full list of sociology courses, consult the undergraduate calendar and current undergraduate course timetable.

Please consult with the director of undergraduate studies for sociology to register for a sociology major or for additional program information.

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Minor

A minor in sociology consists of 24 credit hours in sociology, including 12 credit hours of introductory and foundational sociology courses (that is, courses numbered in the 1000s and 2000s) and at least 12 credit hours of advanced-level courses (that is, courses numbered in the 3000s and 4000s).

For additional program information and a full list of sociology courses, consult the undergraduate calendar and undergraduate course timetables.

Please consult with the director of undergraduate studies for sociology for approval to register for a sociology minor or for additional program information.



Interdisciplinary programs

Along with honours or majors in sociology, you may choose to complete an interdisciplinary program. 

The UNB Faculty of Arts currently offers the following interdisciplinary programs:

You may also consider taking the Family Violence Issues (FVI) Certificate offered by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre (MMFC) or another certificate or program.