Sociology is the study of our social world — of our social lives as individuals, of how people connect as members of various groups, of how societies are organized, and of how they change over time. As a sociology student, you’ll consider the various options facing societies in an increasingly complex, specialized world. You’ll also find yourself thinking about how you can influence and participate in societal change in a meaningful way.

  • Our courses teach you the fundamentals of Sociology as they relate to fascinating, real-world subjects, such as sociology of emotions.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to study in both English and French with courses such as those about European and Quebec sociology, which are unique in English Canada.
  • Work closely with renowned professors such as Donald Carveth, a practicing psychoanalyst; Marc Lesage, an award-winning author of books on urban life; Stuart Schoenfeld, whose research interests include environmental issues in the Middle East; Françoise Boudreau, who specializes in mental health issues in Quebec; and Brian Singer, whose research interests include the historical development of sociological theory.
  • Get hands-on experience with courses such as Enquête de terrain, which has a fieldwork component, often outside of Toronto.
  • Sociology is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts. For more details, visit

Sociology is available as a bilingual or trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.

Take advantage of our unique exchange agreement with the Sociology department at the University of Laval in Quebec City.

Laura Demetrie

Sociology graduates obtain careers in sociology and related fields, or go on to professional degrees in law, social work, public policy, and related fields. Graduates also pursue careers in teaching, journalism, non-governmental organizations, social research, social justice, and government. Learn more >>

Florence Knight Scholarship
The Sociology department recognizes outstanding achievement through the Florence Knight Scholarship named in honour of our first and longest-serving Administrative Assistant.
Applications for the school year 2018-2019 are open now. Deadline for applications is December 5, 2018, to the attention of Patricia Muñoz, Department of Sociology. Application forms are available here and at the Sociology Department, Room C220, York Hall.
Click here to view a list of past recipients.



Shirin Shahrokni is a sociologist of race relations and immigration, with a particular interest in the experiences, trajectories and identity formation processes of children of immigrants.


Emily Laxer is Assistant Professor of Sociology at York University’s Glendon College.  Her research bridges the sociological study of politics, nationalism, immigration and gender to examine how contests for political power shape the incorporation of ethno-religious minorities in largescale immigration countries. In a current study, she focuses on the impact of party political debates over Islamic religious coverings in circumscribing the boundaries of nationhood in France and Canada (including Québec).  Laxer received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2015 and subsequently held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan.  Her research has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Nations and Nationalism, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Recherches Sociographiques, as well as in edited volumes.  Her forthcoming book – (Un)veiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec – will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2019.


Queianna came to Glendon as she wanted to continue her post secondary education in French, having graduated from a French immersion program. Social interactions have always intrigued her, which led her to the Sociology program.
Follow her academic and social journey here ››




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Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) Codes
iBA Bilingual: YGG
iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)