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From the family unit to the global stage, how did we develop the societies we live in?


Study the social behaviour or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks, and institutions.

The program in Sociology offers students a solid foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods and gives them opportunities to conduct empirical research. Students also learn classical and contemporary social theories. They may choose courses in social inequality; sexuality and disability; youth, aging and the family; Indigenous peoples; cultural marginality; globalization; immigration; mass media; social movements; health and environmental issues; memory and life stories; and crime and the criminal justice system.

Students learn to question their assumptions about society and to take responsibility for making the world a better place. They may choose to complete a placement with a community organization. They also have the option of obtaining a Certificate in Social Research Methods.

Key Features

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Prepare for the job market with a strong background in a wide range of research techniques, critical thinking and communication skills
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Access your studies online in the following: Concentration, Minor and Certificate in Family Life Studies
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Learn to question assumptions about how the social world operates

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to:

  • Program evaluator
  • Infrastructure developer
  • Communications officer
  • Community developer
  • Urban planner
  • Needs assessor
  • Feasibility studies officer
  • Organizational reviewer
  • Policy or data analyst
  • Human rights officer

Many of these careers can be found in the public and private sector.

Candice Larochelle, Concurrent Education, Majoring in Sociology, Minoring in Indigenous Studies

What drew me to Laurentian was the small class sizes and sense of community. It allowed me to discover myself in an environment that supported my educational needs. It also allowed me to make unlikely friendships and attend outstanding events, my favourite event being Airbands; a concert where students lip sync and dance in order to raise money for cancer research. My favourite aspect of Laurentian is the exposure to various things such as the Indigenous student circle, photography, and outdoor skating. My advice to incoming students is to try new things and get involved as much as you can, I believe it’s the best way to discover yourself and your interests. 

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