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Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and social inequality. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contexts. Sociology looks at a wide range of issues from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from environmentalism to religious traditions; as well as race, Indigeneity, gender, sexuality, and social class.

Areas of Study

Our undergraduate programs focus on the department’s code strengths:

  • Health and the Life Course
  • Power and Justice
  • Social Demography and Migration
  • Work and the Economy


(Honours Specialization, Specialization, Major, Minor)


Prepare for your future career

A degree in Sociology prepares students for a career in business, government, social services, market research, and policy development. 

Sociology Sample Courses

  • Sociology Inequality in Canada
  • Social Change and Development
  • Sociology of Law
  • Development and Health Inequalities
  • Protest and Contentious Action
  • Policing and Society
  • The Sociology of Climate Change
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Decolonizing Canada
  • LGBTQS2+ Populations
  • Immigration and Immigrant Integration in Canada
  • Education and Society
  • Global Inequality

Career Possibilities

  • Analytics
  • Communications
  • Community Health
  • Data Analyst
  • Education
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Immigration
  • Justice
  • Market Research
  • Non-profit sector
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Health Policy Analysis
  • Public Relations
  • Research

Learn more about undergraduate studies in Sociology at Western University

What is Sociology? Hear from our faculty members about their research: