What is sociology?

Sociology is the scientific and/or systematic study of society, including patterns of social relations, social stratification, social interaction, and culture.  reas studied in sociology range from the analysis of brief contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social interaction. Numerous fields within the discipline concentrate on how and why people are organized in society, either as individuals or as members of associations, groups, and institutions. Sociology is considered a branch of the social sciences.

What can I do with an undergraduate degree in sociology?

Bachelor of Arts degree, a BA, in sociology is excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociology in order to become a professor, researcher, or applied sociologist. An undergraduate degree provides a strong liberal arts preparation for entry level positions throughout the business, social service, and government worlds. Employers look for people with the skills that an undergraduate education in sociology provides.  Since its subject matter is intrinsically fascinating, sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration – fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. Many students choose sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base of professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counselling. Sociology provides a rich fund of knowledge that directly pertains to each of these fields.

What can I do with a graduate degree in sociology?

Sociologists become high school teachers or faculty in colleges in university; advising students, conducting research, and publishing their work. Sociologist often enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as directors of research, policy analysts, consultants, human resource managers, and program managers. Practicing sociologists with advanced degrees may be called research analysts, survey researchers, gerontologists, statisticians, urban planners, community developers, criminologists, or demographers. Some MA (Master of Arts) and PhD (Philosophy Doctorate) sociologists obtain specialized training to become counsellors, therapists, or program directors in social service agencies. Today, sociologists embark upon literally hundreds of career paths. Although teaching and conducting research remains the dominant activity among professional sociologists, other forms of employment are growing both in number and significance. In some sectors, sociologists work closely with economists, political scientists, anthropologists, psychologists, social workers, and others, reflecting a growing appreciation of sociology’s contributions to interdisciplinary analysis and action.

Where can I get information about jobs in the Sociology field?

Job opportunities are posted on University Affairs: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/search-job/

Excellent career advice may also be found at: http://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice

You may also wish to refer to the following sites:

CSA-SCS Employment opportunity listings
Canadian Studies Network
Academic Keys