Tackle serious social questions
How does society handle inequality, poverty, and crime? How do social groups interact? How can we improve health care, criminal justice, religion, the economy, and our relationships to one another?
This is a program where you’ll wrestle with pressing questions — and develop the tools to create solutions to local and global challenges.
You’ll explore topics such as age, class, ethnicity, religion, gender, criminality, education, work, social change, and politics. And when you study Sociology at Waterloo, you’ll learn from leading experts committed to creating an outstanding classroom experience, ranked in the top 100 in the world. (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020)
As a sociologist, you’ll find career opportunities in a wide range of fields, including government, the financial sector, health, policy and research, law, academia, policing, and non-profit organizations. Want to explore them early? You can start by enrolling in the co-op stream and gaining up to two years of work experience prior to graduating.
- Sociology major = flexibility. Our flexible curriculum leaves plenty of room to explore your interests through minors or double majors, while co-op opportunities are also available.
- Academic and social support. The student-led Sociology Society coordinates movie nights, student and prof mixers, academic help sessions, special lectures, and more.
- Available as a regular or co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will I learn?
During your first year, you'll take two Sociology courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be Sociology courses.
Learn about courses you'll take for your Sociology degree.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
Popular minors for Sociology students include Legal Studies, Political Science, and History.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Human rights, equity and inclusion support and engagement coordinator
- Business analyst identity access and privacy
- Research assistant
- Technical writer
- Community relations coordinator
Sample co-op employers
- United Nations Association in Canada
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Peel Regional Police
- Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills
- eHealth Ontario
What can you do with a degree in sociology?
Waterloo Sociology graduates often pursue careers in social work, research, education, human resources, and recruiting. They commonly work for government, social service departments, counselling centres, and a wide variety of businesses.
- Social Worker – Counselling Centre of East Algoma
- Market Manager – Apple Canada
- Recreation Therapist - YMCA
- Digital Project Coordinator – Rogers Communications
- Research Associate – Conestoga College
- Law Enforcement Agent - Canada Revenue Agency
- Human Resource Manager - Colgate-Palmolive Canada
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact Jackie Jones, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.