Hands-on research. Community-engagement. Social justice.

Thinking about pursuing a B.A. in Sociology? Wondering what you can do with an undergraduate degree in Sociology? If you’re interested in learning more about the student experience in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, then please take a look at our current undergraduate students page. There are plenty of student supports in place at Carleton to help you with academics, finances, careers, mental health and well-being. In addition, the Sociology and Anthropology Student Association (SASA) is here to provide you with opportunities to connect with students, faculty, and staff in the department.

Our Undergraduate Programs in Sociology

What is Sociology?

How are new technologies changing the ways we interact with each other and live our lives? Why are so many jobs becoming short term and how is this situation affecting people’s families, communities, and self-identities? How do we define what is ‘normal’ and what happens to people who don’t fit within these definitions?  Why do social problems like poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and ageism persist in the modern world? What can we do to address these problems?

Sociology creates knowledge about questions that matter.

Sociology is the systematic study of human society.  We connect the personal to bigger forces in society. Sociology explores how families, economic inequalities, sexuality, gender, race, the law, and the state shape us as individuals and, how we as individuals shape these social institutions and structures. The methods and concepts of sociology shed light on the social processes shaping lives, problems, and possibilities in contemporary society.

Why Sociology at Carleton?

Carleton’s undergraduate program in Sociology is one of the oldest, strongest and comprehensive in the country. Our faculty have many teaching awards, and we are constantly working on new ideas to improve your experience, including a first-year seminar with trips and tours of the city, a new practicum option and a wide-range of courses on today’s most pressing issues.

Our one-of-a-kind Stream in Social Justice gives you firsthand experience learning from community leaders and partnering with community-based organizations to do research, work on campaigns, public events and documentary films.  Our mandatory capstone course (SOCI 4700) combines hands-on career preparation with research skills development. Our Honours Thesis option (SOCI 4900) gives you the chance to develop your own independent project about something you care about.

Explore our Program Features

Stream in Social Justice

Honours Thesis in Sociology

Study Abroad

Co-operative Education

A co-operative education option is available. See the Co-operative Education section of the Undergraduate Calendar for details.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, students must satisfy the Academic Regulations of the University and the common regulations applying to all B.A. students including those relating to First Year Seminars and Breadth Requirements.