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History and Sociology Double Major

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Program Website: ryerson.ca/arts
Administered by: Department of History & Department of Sociology
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

Students in one of the ten BA programs, and Undeclared Arts, can develop a secondary area of study by opting to pursue a double major in History and Sociology.

Students in the History and Sociology double major will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in critical thinking, and enhance their ability to question, research, argue, understand, and communicate. Combining their studies in these two disciplines will allow them a unique set of skills to situate complex issues within a broader historical and structural context.

Applicants interested in the double major program in History and Sociology must apply for admission to one of the ten major programs (Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology or Sociology), or to Undeclared Arts. Students are not admitted directly to a double major.

The Faculty of Arts accepts applications for transfer to a double major program in the second semester of studies. Approved transfer students commence studies in the double major program in second year.  Further details on the process will be provided by the Faculty of Arts during first semester.

Students will have the opportunity to develop proficiency in critical thinking, and enhance their ability to question, research, argue, understand, and communicate. Combining their studies in these two disciplines will allow them a unique set of skills to situate complex issues within a broader historical and structural context.

Students in a History and Sociology double major will:

  • Explore a diversity of historical and contemporary issues using critical theoretical frameworks.
  • Use historical and sociological methods to understand and analyse complex phenomena.
  • Understand the impact of structural inequalities (e.g., gender, race, class, legal status) on individuals and communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the socio-historical and global context of contemporary social relations and knowledge production, including ways in which a) structural inequalities and social injustice are manifested in individual and group identities; and b) social injustice, inequalities and identities have been legitimated, normalized, and institutionalized over time and c) people individually and collectively resist discrimination and inequality.
  • Critically read, interpret, assess, conduct and evaluate research methods and methodologies used within sociology and history, while demonstrating an informed knowledge and respect for epistemological and ethical issues.
  • Demonstrate social engagement by bridging academic thought and research in relation to practical challenges, policies and strategic organization in local, national and global communities and forums. Express the intellectual breadth to allow sociology specialists to explore new perspectives on identities, social relationships and the organization of social institutions.

Career Opportunities

Students in the History and Sociology Double Major develop proficiency in critical theoretical and methodological approaches, allowing them to make sense of historical and contemporary issues and events. A Double Major in History and Sociology prepares students to work in any field where people, communities, and cultures are important. Some students may wish to pursue careers in museums and the heritage sector. Graduate career paths may include education, law, data management and analysis, business, the public service, and non-governmental organizations. Graduates may also pursue academic research and teaching in areas such as History, Sociology, Law, Communications, Heritage Studies, or other inter-disciplinary programs.

Curriculum Information

The curriculum builds on a foundational year of interdisciplinary study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, followed by three years of more specialized study in History and Sociology. Students take a combination of 13 required and elective courses in History and 13 required and elective courses in Sociology, as well as 6 liberal studies courses.

Semesters One and Two: The first year is a Common Arts Platform, which is shared with the BA programs in Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, and Sociology. They develop foundational understandings of the discipline through two introductory courses in each of History and Sociology. Students also acquire skills and knowledge in two foundational courses, Academic Writing and Research, and Critical Thinking, and choose additional electives from a broad range of areas to gain a broad, interdisciplinary base of knowledge, skills, and methodologies.

Semesters Three and Four: In second year, students are provided with foundational tools in theory and research methods through a Common Arts Platform course, Research Design and Qualitative Methods, an introductory course in quantitative data analysis, classical sociological theory, and a first course in Historian’s Craft. Students also acquire foundational knowledge related to the disciplines through courses in Indigenous perspectives on Canada, the city of Toronto, and elective courses related to equity and diversity and a range of historical topics.

Semesters Five and Six: In the third year, students develop their methodological skills through courses in archival research and advanced social research. More advanced courses in sociological theory and Historian’s craft allow students to sharpen their disciplinary understanding. Students will have the opportunity to put theories and research methods into practice by involvement in research projects seeking to discover something new about the world, and through elective courses in areas of study that interest them.

Semesters Seven and Eight: In their final year of study, students take two senior seminar courses (one seminar and a thesis course), as well as a senior capstone course in Sociology, where they will consider their studies in relation to future goals and plans. Elective offerings allow students to solidify their historical and sociological expertise and sharpen professional competence.

Transferability Guidelines

In order to transfer to the History and Sociology Double Major from any of Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, or Sociology, students must:

1. have a CLEAR Academic Standing at the end of the Winter term of their second semester of studies; and
2. must have successfully completed SOC 105 and one HIS course numbered between HIS 100 and HIS 399, or one of HIS 461, HIS 462 or HIS 490. It is strongly recommended that students complete, in first year, both SOC 105 and SOC 107, and two HIS courses numbered between HIS 100 and HIS 399, or one of HIS 461, HIS 462 or HIS 490.

HST courses may be substituted for HIS courses with departmental approval.
 

Liberal Studies

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and four upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions
History and Politics & Governance courses and PHL 214 are not available for credit.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions
History and Politics & Governance courses are not available for credit.
 

Minors

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.

1st & 2nd Semester

Begins 2020-2021

REQUIRED:

SOC 105 Intro to Sociology
SOC 107 Sociology of the Everyday
SSH 105 Critical Thinking I
SSH 205 Academic Writing and Research

REQUIRED GROUP 1:

One course from Table I, opens in new window (Humanities).
One course from Table I, opens in new window (Social Sciences).

REQUIRED GROUP 2: Two courses from the following:

HIS 104 Ten Days That Shook The World
HIS 105 Inventing Popular Culture
HIS 106 Technology, Warfare and Social Change
HIS 107 Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
HIS 238 Canada to 1885: Creating a Nation
HIS 248 American History to 1877
HIS 265 Asia: Foundations and Modern Nations
HIS 275 Ancient Greece and Rome
HIS 277 Mediaeval Europe, 400-1350
HIS 279 Europe, 1715-1870
HIS 338 Canada since 1885: Defining a Nation
HIS 348 American History from 1877
HIS 377 Europe, 1350-1715
HIS 379 Europe, 1870-Present
HIS 461 Cradle of Civilization: Ancient Near East
HIS 462 Introduction to the Islamic World
HIS 490 International Relations from 1945
  Any two HST courses numbered between HST 100 and HIST 499.

Note: In the total degree, a maximum of four liberal studies HST courses may be substituted for HIS courses. 

PROFESSIONALLY RELATED: One course from Table I or Table III.  

PROFESSIONALLY RELATED: One course from Table III.

  

3rd & 4th Semester

Begins 2020-2021

REQUIRED:

HIS 401 Hearing, Seeing, and Speaking History
SOC 470 Toronto: The Changing City
SOC 473 Classical Sociological Theory
SOC 411 Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis or equivalent
SSH 301 Research Design and Qualitative Methods

REQUIRED GROUP 2: Two of the following courses, not previously taken:

HIS 104 Ten Days That Shook The World
HIS 105 Inventing Popular Culture
HIS 106 Technology, Warfare and Social Change
HIS 107 Colonization, Colonialism and Independence
HIS 238 Canada to 1885: Creating a Nation
HIS 248 American History to 1877
HIS 265 Asia: Foundations and Modern Nations
HIS 275 Ancient Greece and Rome
HIS 277 Mediaeval Europe, 400-1350
HIS 279 Europe, 1715-1870
HIS 338 Canada since 1885: Defining a Nation
HIS 348 American History from 1877
HIS 377 Europe, 1350-1715
HIS 379 Europe, 1870-Present
HIS 461 Cradle of Civilization: Ancient Near East
HIS 462 Introduction to the Islamic World
HIS 490 International Relations from 1945
  Any two HST courses numbered between HST 100 and HST 499.

Note: In the total degree, a maximum of four liberal studies HST courses may be substituted for HIS courses.

PROFESSIONALLY RELATED: One course from Table I, Table III, Table IV (History), or Table IV (Sociology)

Note: HIS and SOC courses cannot for credit toward Professionally-Related Table requirements.  

LIBERAL STUDIES: Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies., opens in new window

  

5th & 6th Semester

Begins 2021-2022

REQUIRED:

HIS 505 Locating The Past: Archival Research
SOC 475 Contemporary Sociological Theory  
SOC 481 Survey Design and Analysis

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One course from the following:

HIS 500 History and New Media
HIS 501 Archaeology and Material Culture
HIS 502 Life Stories: Oral History
HIS 755 Themes in Material Culture

REQUIRED GROUP 2: One course from the following:

SOC 482 Advanced Methods of Media Analysis
SOC 483 Advanced Statistical Analysis

REQUIRED GROUP 3: One course from the following:

SOC 300 Sociology of Equity and Diversity
SOC 420 Social Class in Changing Times
SOC 525 Media and Images of Inequality
SOC 608 Women, Power and Change

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from History Table II (History), opens in new window   

LIBERAL STUDIES: Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies, opens in new window.

  

7th & 8th Semester

Begins 2022-2023

REQUIRED:

SOC 490 Capstone: Specializing Your Knowledge
SOC 427 Indigenous Perspectives on Canada

REQUIRED GROUP 1: One of the following courses:

HIS 902 Thesis Course
HIS 903 Senior Seminar I: Cross-Field Study
HIS 916 Senior Seminar II: Science, Technology and Medicine
HIS 931 Senior Seminar III: Americas
HIS 956 Senior Seminar IV: Africa
HIS 957 Senior Seminar V: Middle East
HIS 958 Senior Seminar VI: Asia
HIS 976 Senior Seminar VII: Europe
HIS 990 Senior Seminar VIII: International Relations

PROFESSIONAL: Three courses from Table II (History), opens in new window

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table II (Sociology), opens in new window

LIBERAL STUDIES: Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

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