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Sociology: Bachelor of Arts Major


The Bachelor of Arts Major in Sociology provides students with critical, practical and transformative studies that aim to prepare them for life and work in a diverse and globalized world. It is a flexible and well-rounded program, offering academic rigor and a solid grounding in sociology theory and research methods, and the study of societies in local and global contexts. Opportunities for engaging in applied, experiential and community-based learning are provided throughout the program.

Students may choose to gain a broad understanding of the discipline by taking courses in a wide range of sub-fields in sociology or streamline their programs by concentrating on particular subjects of interest to them such as gender and sexuality, racialized and ethnic minority groups, Indigenous studies, media and cultural studies, education, global social problems and social justice. In their final year, students may opt to hone their research skills by taking courses in Canadian and global studies with a primary research component. Or they may choose to take one of the community services courses to gain practical work experience by volunteering in an organization within the local community or participating in a field-school overseas in a developing nation.  

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

The BA Major in Sociology requires a total of 54 credits from sociology courses as follows:

1000 Level

  SOCI 1125 Introduction to Society: Processes and Structures 3 credits


2000 Level

  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
  9 credits from additional courses in SOCI at the 2000 level 9 credits


3000 and 4000 Level

One of:
  SOCI 3235 Classic Sociological Theories 3 credits
  SOCI 3330 Contemporary Sociological Theories 3 credits
One of:
  SOCI 3260 Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
  SOCI 3365 Quantitative Research Methods 3 credits
Either (A) or (B):
(A) One of:
  SOCI 4325 Sociological Aspects of Community Service 6 credits
  SOCI 4330 Global Community Services 6 credits
(B) Both of:
  SOCI 4225 Advanced Topics in Canadian Issues 3 credits
  SOCI 4320 Advanced Topics in Global Studies 3 credits
  18 credits from additional courses in SOCI numbered 3000 or higher 18 credits


It is recommended that students complete 60 course credits in total before taking courses at the 4000-level.

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-2017

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