Sociology is the study of people as they interact with one another in specific social, cultural, and historical contexts. It uses a scientific approach to study human behaviour and the social influences that affect it.
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Degree options: BA honours or major; Any degree, minor
Mount Allison's sociology department helps students develop their perspective on society, examining it from different points of view and in different contexts. Sociology facilitates understanding of how and why society is organized as it is, and how it might be changed to create a more just and equitable social world.
You will study subjects like:
- social class and inequality
- race and racialization
- gender relations
- youth culture
- work and society
- media and popular culture
- health and illness
- education and society
- citizenship, identity, refugees
- social policies
- non-profit organizations
- research methods
First and second-year sociology courses provide an overview of the discipline and an introduction to sociological analysis. You will be introduced to the study of social problems through dynamic class interactions and assignments.
Third-year courses emphasize theoretical approaches, analytical methods, and their application to major areas of interest. This will help you build on your critical, analytical, and writing skills and teach theoretical approaches to sociology.
In your fourth year, students work with greater interdependence and in more depth on a range of sociological topics.
Classes and assignments are designed to build both conceptual and applied skills. You will have the opportunity to pursue research as part of the honours program.
Find a list of sociology courses in the academic calendar – sociology.
Popular career paths for sociology graduates include:
- community development officer
- social worker
- community support worker
- social policy analyst
- population/demography analyst
- market research analyst
- human resources specialist
- social research specialist
- employment/career development counsellor
“I love how sociology can speak to every aspect of a person’s life.
What I learn in class can be applied directly to my daily life, the
books I read, or the TV shows and movies I watch. Sociology has
completely changed the way I look at the world around me and has
challenged me to think critically about so many issues I never
Honours sociology (’13)
“The program will challenge your preconceived notions and beliefs
about the world in the most profound and exhilarating way. Sociology
teaches you how to think rather than what to think and it is so
multifaceted that you are bound to find an interest within the field.
Most importantly, it is so very relevant to your life. It studies the
aspects of our lives that are not necessarily visible, but nevertheless
influential and it provides a foundation of knowledge about our society
with the goal of finding innovative ways to challenge it and create
Honours sociology (’13)
Students in Mount Allison's sociology program are regularly called upon to take what they have learned in class and apply it in real-world situations – examples include developing a business plan for a refugee clinic, participating in community events to promote service learning and community engagement, and spending a day in a service learning workshop to learn how to combine community service with the concepts covered in class.
Independent research is supported and encouraged. Sociology students carry out their own research while doing their honours, or as student research assistants.
Dr. Ardath Whynacht
Assistant professor, sociology
Recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant for her project looking at community responses to violence outside the criminal justice system