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Welcome to Sociology and Legal Studies

Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo is a stimulating and expanding department, and consists of sociologists and socio-legal scholars engaging in innovative teaching styles and research programs.

Sociology is the study of social life and the social, economic, and political dynamics and dimensions of social relations and social change.

Legal studies is the study of law which is central to everything we do - how we carry on business, how we treat the environment, how we shape our governments and how we deal with other people.

This website gives an overview of the teaching and research in sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo.

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Major in Sociology or Legal Studies at UWaterloo for your Undergraduate degree and explore key topics like social justice, inequality and legal systems.

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Research topics in social, political, economic, and cultural relations by completing a Graduate degree at UWaterloo in Sociology or Legal Studies.

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Meet our people

Discover the people that make up the Sociology and Legal Studies department and the research projects they are currently involved in.


Please join us for the Spring 2024 Joint University of Waterloo–St. Jerome’s University Legal Studies Seminar

On Wednesday the 19th of June, 2024 at 2 p.m. EDT,

Dr. Irina Ceric will be speaking on the topic of “‘PRIVATE’ PROPERTY, PUBLIC FORCE: THE LEGAL REGULATION OF CAMPUS ENCAMPMENTS”     

via Zoom (register here).

The University of Waterloo is seeking five graduate valedictorians for the fall (October) 2024 convocation ceremonies.  

If you’re a graduate student completing your degree in 2024, this is a fantastic opportunity to represent your faculty and share your experiences with your peers, faculty, and guests during the ceremony. More information can be found through the Graduate Valedictorian webpage.