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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

Students intending to take a single or joint honours in sociology are usually expected to have completed at least 12ch 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. Contact the director of undergraduate studies for sociology for approval and to register for the honours program.

Single honours program: You must complete a minimum of 42ch in Sociology, of which a minimum of 30ch must be at the upper-level.

Joint honours program: You must complete 30ch of sociology courses, of which a minimum of 18ch must be at the upper-level.

The following courses are compulsory for a student to graduate with single or joint honours in sociology: SOCI 2022, SOCI 3004, SOCI 3014, SOCI 4004, SOCI 4011, and SOCI 4022.

There is an option in the single 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. If taken, this option reduces the number of required credit hours (as listed above) and 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 course completed with a grade of 'C' or higher count towards single or joint honours in Sociology.

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Major

Students intending to take a single or double major in sociology are usually expected to have completed at least 12ch of sociology courses prior to entering their major. Contact the director of undergraduate studies for sociology for approval and to register for a major in sociology.

Single major program: You must complete a minimum of 36ch of sociology, of which 24ch must be Upper-Level courses.

Double major program: You must complete a minimum of 30ch of sociology, of which 18ch must be upper-level courses.

Permission may be granted by the director of undergraduate studies for sociology for a student to count up to 6ch of 3000-level or 4000-level courses in a related subject as credit towards the requirements for a single or double major in sociology.

The following courses are compulsory for a student to graduate with a single or double major in sociology: SOCI 2022, SOCI 3004, SOCI 3014, and SOCI 4022.

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 major in sociology.

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Minor

The minor in sociology consists of 24ch in sociology. Enrolment in a sociology minor must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies for sociology. Of the 24ch required for a minor, at least 12ch must be upper-level courses. Only courses completed with a grade of 'C' or higher count towards a minor in sociology.

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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.