Sociology

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Sociology examines the processes of social and cultural life in human societies past and present, near and far. You'll study the lives of individuals with participation in social groups and networks, explore the linkages between societies, and cover topics such as inequality, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, law and criminal activity, immigration, families, and more.

This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • 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 Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Sociology is the study of human behaviour as it is shaped by society and in turn affects the social contexts in which we live. Contexts include informal groups, families, classrooms, work organizations, cultures, and societies. The effects of social categories on human behaviour constitute a topic of central interest within sociology. Sociologists use a variety of research methods, including historical analysis, participant observation, surveys, and field and laboratory experiments. You can select a Major, Minor, or Honours degree in Sociology.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

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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.
  • Students who complete the IB Diploma in English are required to achieve a minimum score of 3 in an IB Group 1 English course at either Standard or Higher Level. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3, you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • 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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