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Sociology Curriculum

The Sociology curriculum at Ryerson is designed so that students can build on and enhance their knowledge as they progress from year to year.

Program Outline:

In your first year, you will be introduced to the ideas and strategies that social thinkers use to understand the world around them. You will develop your sociological imagination by thinking about how things like social media, global corporations, and families and intimate relationships influence your everyday life. You will also explore other areas in the social sciences and humanities, such as Psychology, Criminology, Politics, English, History and Philosophy.

In your second year, you will learn about the city of Toronto and and how it has changed over time. You will also learn about different types of diversity and inequality in our society; how and why we classify people by sex/gender, race/ethnicity, social class, disability and sexuality, and the effects of these classifying practices.  You will also be introduced to theoretical ideas that are useful for describing society and the research methods that sociologists use to test their ideas, including statistics.  This theoretical and methodological training will continue into your third year.

In your senior years, you will use a sociological lens to explore a broad range of topics, such as children and youth, the changing structure of work and families, the development of action films and the entertainment industry, and the relationship between technology and society.

During your years at Ryerson, you will learn many marketable and intrinsically rewarding skills such as the ability to read and write critically, work with others on teams, and conduct independent research.

Number of courses: 40 (all one semester long)
Degree granted: Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)

Degree Requirements

Students should familiarize themselves with prerequisites pertaining to Professional and Professionally-Related courses, including options leading to a minor.

NOTE: This guideline reflects the current curriculum and is for quick reference purposes only. If you are a current Sociology student the official degree requirements are fund on RAMSS. Please review your official Academic Advisement Report by logging on to RAMSS at  

All courses are in lecture format, last one semester, and take up 3 hours in class per week.

*  Please note that no more than two courses can be taken from any one subject area on Table I

Sociology Year 1
Fall Term Winter Term
SOC 105: Introduction to Sociology SOC 107: Sociology of the Everyday
SSH 205: Academic Writing & Research SSH 105: Critical Thinking I
Table I (Social Sciences) Table I (Social Sciences)
Table I (Humanities) Table I (Humanities)
Table I* or Table III Table III
Sociology Year 2
Fall Term Winter Term
SOC 470: Toronto the Changing City SOC 473: Classical Sociological Theory
SSH 301: Research Design and Qualitative Methods SOC 411: Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis
SOC 427: Indigenous Perspectives on Canada
SOC 300 or SOC 420 or SOC 525 or SOC 608
SOC 300 or SOC 420 or SOC 525 or SOC 608 Table I* or Table III or Table IV
Table A (Note: Restrictions) Table A (Note: Restrictions)
Sociology Year 3
Fall Term Winter Term
SOC 475: Contemporary Sociological Theory SOC 482: Advanced Approaches to Media Analysis
SOC 481: Survey Design and Analysis SOC 483: Advanced Statistical Modeling
Table II Table II
Table III or Table IV Table III  or Table IV
Table B (Note: Restrictions) Table B (Note: Restrictions)
Sociology Year 4
Fall Term Winter Term
SOC 490: Capstone: Specializing Your Knowledge Table II
Table II Table II
Table II Table II
Table III or Table IV Table III or Table IV
Table B (Note: Restrictions) Table B (Note: Restrictions)

Note:  For 4th year students interested in SOC 491: Independent Senior Research Project (Thesis), more information and an application form can be found here.