Students enter the Politics and Governance-Sociology double major program in their second year of study. The program builds on a first year that is common to the single major programs in the Faculty of Arts (i.e., Criminology, English, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology), with specialized study in Politics and Governance and Sociology in the following years.
Semesters One and Two: Prior to transferring into the double major program, students take two courses in each of Politics and Governance and in Sociology. In addition to these four courses, students must complete two courses teaching key skills in Critical Thinking and Academic Writing and Research. For breadth, students select two courses from humanities disciplines on Table I. The ninth course may be either a humanities or social science course, and the tenth course must be a course from outside the Faculty of Arts.
Semesters Three and Four: In second year, students will delve into the qualitative and quantitative research methods necessary to advance through a BA effectively. They also choose two of five introductory courses to the sub-fields in Politics and Governance (exploring the actors and institutions of Canadian government, the emerging institutions and practices of global governance, controversial policy topics, western political thought, and comparative politics), complete two Sociology courses that focus on Toronto and on classical sociological theory. Students round out their second year by taking an elective, and two Liberal Studies courses. In addition, students choose an elective in either Politics and Governance or in Sociology.
Semesters Five and Six: In their third year, students choose four Politics and Governance electives, while to meet their Sociology requirements, they take a course in contemporary sociological theory, one in survey design and analysis, an additional methods course in either advanced statistical analysis or in advanced methods of media analysis. The fourth Sociology requirement is a choice of one of three courses which focus on various aspects of social inequality. Finally, students choose two upper-level Liberal Studies in disciplines besides Politics and Governance and Sociology.
Semesters Seven and Eight: In their final year, students take four electives from the Politics and Governance offerings, three of which should be from the most advanced level. In Sociology, students take two electives, a course on Indigenous perspectives on Canada, and complete a capstone project. The final two courses are upper-level Liberal Studies which can be taken from any discipline outside of Politics and Governance and Sociology.