Sociology: Bachelor of Arts Major
The Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology program is unique in the Lower Mainland as it combines theoretical, research, and applied components in the curriculum. The BA Major in Sociology offers critical, practical, and transformative studies in local and global approaches. This program offers exceptional learning experiences in applied settings with academic rigor and a well-rounded education in various sub-fields in the discipline. The BA Major in Sociology at KPU is the only program of its kind in British Columbia that involves a practicum component, which provides students with the opportunity to volunteer in a local or global context in a community based setting, make employment contacts, and apply the knowledge students have learned in class in the field. Graduates from the program will have the option of entering a variety of rewarding careers or pursuing graduate studies.
Students pursuing a major in Sociology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.
Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:
- In good academic standing with the University
- Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
- 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
- 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.
Students pursuing a BA Major in Sociology must complete a total of 54 credits from sociology courses, which includes 27 credits from core, required sociology courses, and an additional 27 credits from sociology course electives as follows:
Courses at the 1000 level provide a foundation in core concepts, theories, methodologies and sub-fields in sociology.
Students are required to complete:
|SOCI 1125||Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures||3 credits|
Courses at the 2000 level offer more extensive study in sociological theory and research methods, as well as specialized areas in sociology.
Students will be required to complete 21 credits from 2000-level Sociology courses including the following required courses:
|SOCI 2225||Canadian Society||3 credits|
|SOCI 2235||The Development of Sociological Thought||3 credits|
|SOCI 2260||Research Methods in Sociology||3 credits|
|SOCI 2365||Introduction to Social Research Statistics||3 credits|
Additional 2000-level Courses
|SOCI 2230||Racialization and Ethnicity in Canada||3 credits|
|SOCI 2240||Women in Canada||3 credits|
|SOCI 2250||Families in Canada||3 credits|
|SOCI 2255||Sociology of Everyday Life and Interaction||3 credits|
|SOCI 2270||Sociology of Education: A Critical Perspective||3 credits|
|SOCI 2275||Mass Media and Society||3 credits|
|SOCI 2280||Sociology of Health and Illness||3 credits|
|SOCI 2285||Gods in the Global Village: A Sociological Perspective of World Religions||3 credits|
|SOCI 2311||Social Justice in Local and Global Contexts||3 credits|
3000 and 4000 Level
Students will be required to complete a total of 30 credits from sociology courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels which must include 12 credits of required 3000- and 4000-level courses as described below.
Courses at the 3000-level continue to provide breadth and build on course content covered the 2000-level courses on sociological theories, research methods and studies in specific focus areas of the discipline. Students must complete 6 credits from required sociology courses as follows:
|SOCI 3235||Classic Sociological Theories||3 credits|
|SOCI 3330||Contemporary Sociological Theories||3 credits|
And one of:
|SOCI 3260||Qualitative Research Methods||3 credits|
|SOCI 3365||Quantitative Research Methods||3 credits|
At the 4000 level, students are required to complete 6 credits from courses that include a service learning, applied or experiential learning component, consolidating what they have learned at previous levels, while gaining practical experience. Courses that satisfy this requirement include:
|SOCI 4325||Sociological Aspects of Community Service||6 credits|
|SOCI 4330||Global Community Services||6 credits|
Or both of:
|SOCI 4225||Advanced Topics in Canadian Issues||3 credits|
|SOCI 4320||Advanced Topics in Global Studies||3 credits|
It is recommended that students complete at least 60 course credits in total before taking courses at the 4000-level.
Other 3000 Level Courses:
|SOCI 3210||Science, Technology and Society||3 credits|
|SOCI 3230||International Migration and Ethnic Communities||3 credits|
|SOCI 3240||Gender in a Global Context||3 credits|
|SOCI 3270||Education, Nation Building, and Globalization||3 credits|
|SOCI 3275||Sociology of Popular Culture||3 credits|
|SOCI 3280||Sociological Aspects of Dying and Death||3 credits|
|SOCI 3300||Sociology of Work and Occupations||3 credits|
|SOCI 3310||Conflict Analysis and Resolution||3 credits|
|SOCI 3320||Sociology of Global Inequalities||3 credits|
|SOCI 3345||Social Policy in Context||3 credits|
|SOCI 3385||Demography||3 credits|
Other 4000 Level Courses:
|SOCI 4275||Lost in Transmission: Diversity and the Media||3 credits|
|SOCI 4310||Terrorism, Globalization, and Social Justice||3 credits
Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Sociology.
At a Glance
Faculty of Arts
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Open intake
Minimum Credits Required:
Curriculum Effective Date: