How does society handle the big questions: inequality, poverty, and crime? How do very small groups interact? Learn about health care, criminal justice, migration, religion, deviance, governance, global economic patterns, and our relationship to one another.

In the study of group life, sociology deals with how people organize and understand relationships. Sociologists attempt to understand social interaction and the principles by which society is organized. Examine age, class, ethnicity, religion, gender, criminality, migration, borders, education, work, social change, governance, and politics.

Legal Studies

Do you play the part of judge in family arguments? Why does case law matter? How does the Charter of Rights and Freedoms create change?

Understand the origins and impact of legal systems from the viewpoint of political science, history, sociology, philosophy, and peace and conflict studies. You'll develop an appreciation of the role of law in society and can explore it as a career option.

Learn from top researchers

Waterloo's Department of Sociology and Legal Studies ranks among the world's best -- appearing in the '101 to 150' grouping of the 2011 QS World University Ranking.

About the programs

  • Regular and co-op
  • Major and/or minor
  • Offered by the Faculty of Arts

Admission requirements

Recent graduates



Court Clerk

Ministry of Attorney General

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Federal Express Canada Ltd.

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Human Resources Assistant

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Commercial Property Underwriter

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Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare

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Ministry of Attorney General

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Courses of interest

We offer a wide variety of undergraduate sociology courses to choose from, including:

  • Sociology of Aging
  • Gender Relations
  • Public Policy
  • Migration
  • Terrorism
  • Ethnic and Racial Relations
  • Global Development
  • Criminology

The following is a sample of interdisciplinary courses that make up the Legal Studies program:

  • Victims and Society
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Organized Crime
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Human Rights


You are encouraged to visit our FAQ webpage for information on a variety of topics and concerns, including what courses to take, degree and plan requirements, tips for boosting your academic success, co-op, graduate school and career advice, and more.