at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Examine social and cultural life in human societies while exploring challenging community issues. The department of sociology at UBC's Okanagan campus is committed to a sociological imagination that challenges you to apply your theoretical and analytical skills to exploring, understanding, and exposing how power, privilege, and inequality are controlled, secured, and expressed by the few for the domination of the many.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Why this program?

  • Learn how to apply historical analysis, participant observation, surveys and interviews to better serve global social justice.
  • Volunteer to assist with a research project on globalization, Canadian society, social inequality, or social control – just some of the topics award-winning UBC faculty researchers are exploring.
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Get your UBC degree in sociology, the study of society and how social forces shape human behaviour and determine life chances.

Students in the sociology program will be challenged to apply theoretical and analytical skills to explore, understand and expose how power and privilege are distributed, structured and replicated. Sociology as a field of research and pedagogy also works toward change, with the goal of achieving social and economic justice across societies. The program prepares students for graduate and professional programs, and to pursue careers.

Experiential learning and research

Take your studies further by enrolling in directed studies, where you will complete directed readings and a research project.

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also supports student research through the Undergraduate Research Awards, which allow students to carry out their own projects over the summer months, while other awards provide opportunities to work with professors on their work.

Or, take your studies abroad with the Go Global program and the Exchange and Research Abroad program.

Campus features

The History/Sociology Speaker Series pairs UBC’s Okanagan campus with the Okanagan Regional Library to bring in distinguished guests to share their knowledge with students, colleagues and the community.

Students at UBC can also branch out, network, and meet people with similar interests in various clubs on campus.

Life at UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC's Okanagan campus is renowned for its research opportunities and access to professors. On this tight-knit campus, you’ll be able to work closely with award-winning faculty in areas such as Canadian social issues, race and ethnicity, media and society, sociology of gender, crime and society, and the sociology of Latin America, China, and India.

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Your future

A UBC degree is respected by employers around the globe. As a graduate of the Sociology program, you will be well-positioned to thrive in a variety of organizations. Take advantage of hands-on learning experiences to access multiple career paths such as market researcher, policy writer, community development worker or labour relations officer.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Second Languages
  • Social Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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