Skip to main content

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.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a major in Sociology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

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

Curricular Requirements

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.

Sociology Major

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:

1000 Level

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


2000 Level

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:

One of:
  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:

One of:
  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

Credential Awarded

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


Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2011

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

This online version of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Calendar is the official version of the University Calendar. Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, KPU reserves the right to make any corrections in the contents and provisions of this calendar without notice. In addition, the University reserves the right to cancel, add, or revise contents or change fees at any time without notice. To report errors or omissions, or send comments or suggestions, please email