Undergraduate Studies in Sociology

Sociologists study how families work; how individuals change over the life course; how norms and laws are made, broken, enforced, and changed; how inequalities of gender, class, and race emerge, continue, and change; how cities, regions, nations, and international institutions work as organized sets of relationships; how power is exercised and resisted; how individuals, groups, and organizations communicate or fail to communicate; how cultural meanings relate to patterned social relationships; and more. Sociology thus creates theories about a broad range of human activity. Sociologists study these questions in two complementary ways. First, they gather data about large numbers of individuals to discover patterns of behaviour and interpret them through statistical analysis. Second, they gather in-depth data by interviewing and observing individuals and groups, and interpret these data through qualitative methods. A degree in Sociology leads to careers in social policy, government, education, health, public opinion research, community and social services, non-governmental, cooperative, business and non-profit organizations, criminology and corrections, industrial and labour relations, evaluation research, and environment. 


The Department of Sociology offers Specialist, Major and Minor programs in Sociology, and Specialist and Major programs in Criminology, Law and Society. These programs are Type 2 Subject POSTs,  which require specific course(s), GPA and grades in order to enroll. For more information, please click the following links to the Academic Calendar:

Sociology Program Requirements
Criminology, Law and Society Program Requirements


The course timetable lists courses offered in the current academic session and a full list of all our courses is available in the Academic Calendar.

Important Notes

  1. You must check with the Sociology Academic Counsellor before enrolling in a course at another U of T campus in order determine whether the course may be applied towards Sociology/Criminology, Law and Society program requirements.
  2. Students are not permitted to take any of the following courses elsewhere:
  • SOC100H5
  • SOC205H5
  • SOC209H5
  • SOC221H5
  • SOC222H5
  • SOC231H5
  • SOC350H5
  • SOC387H5

If students do take any of the above noted courses elsewhere, it will not apply to their Sociology/Criminology, Law and Society program(s).  Such students may still take the course with the UTM Department of Sociology in order to satisfy our program requirements; however, this "extra course" will appear on official transcripts with the notation "EXT".

Special consideration may be given to new students assessed for transfer credit at UTM. 

Students' Course Work

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