Sociology

York offers one of the largest, most productive and innovative communities of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary research and undergraduate and graduate teaching in sociology.

This program is offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies on the Keele Campus.

Sociology looks at social relations, interactions and power dynamics to gain insight into how society works. Sociology is the study of societies and the way that they shape people's behaviour; beliefs, and identity. Probably the most important thing about sociology is that it enables us to make sense of the rapidly changing world that we live in. Perhaps most fundamentally of all, sociology enables us to understand ourselves. The way that we think, behave, and feel, indeed our very sense of identity, is socially produced.

In York's Sociology program, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. Develop excellent reading, writing and key critical and analytical reasoning skills. Learn research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life:

  • Criminal justice system and social regulation
  • Social class and inequality
  • Organization, welfare or education reform
  • Health care
  • Race and racism
  • Discrimination and law
  • Gender relations
  • Migration and how families differ and flourish

At either campus, you will study with great professors such as Stuart Schoenfeld, a specialist in the sociology of the environment; Françoise Boudreau, the recipient of several awards for outstanding teaching; Donald Carveth, a renowned psychoanalyst frequently featured on CBC and other media; and Brian Singer, a specialist in social and political thought.

  • The Qualitative Research and Resource Centre serves as a vehicle to promote the study and practice of qualitative inquiry. The Centre organizes workshops and forums on issues of interest to qualitative researchers.
  • Join the Sociology Undergraduate Students' Association or get involved with the Glendon speaker series.
  • Gain a competitive advantage by pursuing a certificate in Anti-Racist Research & Practice.

The BA and iBA in Sociology is also offered on York's Glendon Campus.

Our Glendon Campus is the only fully integrated bilingual Faculty of its kind in Canada and one of the only university campuses in Canada to specialize in liberal arts education. Students take courses in English and French and often learn a third language. Study this program at Glendon. 

Ce programme de Sociologie est offert sur le campus Glendon de York.

Glendon est la seule faculté entièrement bilingue au Canada et l’un des seuls campus universitaires canadiens spécialisés dans l’étude des arts libéraux. Les étudiants suivent des cours en anglais et en français et apprennent souvent une troisième langue. Suivez ce programme à Glendon.

Internationalize Your Degree
Earn an international Bachelor of Arts (iBA). Offered through the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies or Glendon, the iBA degree program reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

Possible Career Paths: 
  • Community work and social services
  • Law enforcement
  • Social research and teaching
  • Human rights officer
  • Social policy researcher
  • Teacher
  • Public policy analyst
  • Community-services programmer
  • Journalist

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.