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

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

No additional courses beyond the general admission requirements.

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