Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Sociology helps explain people’s behaviour, beliefs and identities. It helps us understand organizations, economies and communities. Perhaps most importantly, sociology helps us understand ourselves.

In our program, you’ll explore a range of social dynamics and problems. Learn more about the organization of cities, the impact of new technologies, and how consumption, racism, gender identities, migration and conflict shape social structures. Using interviews, surveys, maps and observation, you will learn to analyze and explain how people adopt roles in society, how inequality persists and how power operates.

Our vibrant faculty are experts in their fields, and our staff are committed to excellence in student support and academic advising. York offers one of the largest, most productive and innovative communities of scholars engaged in interdisciplinary research and teaching in sociology.

With this diverse education, our graduates have gone on to careers in community work, social services, law enforcement, social research, education and more.

What you’ll learn 

  • Develop excellent reading, writing, and critical and analytical reasoning skills. 
  • Gain skills to work effectively in group situations, participate in decision-making, lead and contribute to the ultimate success of a team and task.
  • Learn practical research skills such as in-depth interviewing and focus groups, statistical survey methods, archival research and content analysis.

Hands-on experiences 

  • Apply your learning and build networks with a placement in a community organization, government or not-for-profit space.
  • Engage with the Resource Centre for Public Sociology, a hub for high-quality public research that organizes methodology and research workshops.
  • Get opportunities to do research with faculty and collaborate with local community partners.


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Program Details

Offered by

Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Offered at

  • Keele Campus

Degrees offered


Ways to study

Full-Time, Part-Time

Experiential Education

Co-op or internship

Fall entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Winter entry

Yes (first and upper year)

Summer entry

Yes (first and upper year)