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FAQ for Future Students

How long does it take to complete the Sociology program?

If students take 5 courses per term, it normally takes 4 academic years to complete the program. Some students may work on a different schedule depending on personal circumstances.

How large will my classes be?

Classes vary in size. Many Sociology courses will have between 50 and 100 students. Some of your courses will involve tutorials or labs; these are often smaller, with approximately 25-40 students.

How many courses do I take in a semester?

To complete the program in four years (8 semesters), students should take 5 courses per semester. You will take a combination of Sociology courses and courses in other departments. Some students prefer to take fewer courses in the Fall and Winter terms, and opt to take a course in the Spring/Summer semester through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

How can I keep up with assigned readings and course work?

The time you spend on personal study will vary depending on the year of your program, your courses, and other non-academic responsibilities. We highly recommend that you do assigned readings as scheduled. If you are having difficulty managing your studies, the Ryerson Student Learning Support Centre offers workshops to help you develop effective study habits and time management skills, as well as writing support and English language support. You can check out their services on the SLS website.

I didn't take many math courses in high school. Will I be disadvantaged in this program?

Three courses in the program are designed to help you develop your skills in quantitative data collection and analysis. While some calculations are involved in these courses, the basic math skills you acquired in the required high school math curriculum should provide you with the foundation you need for these courses. In addition, our program works closely with the Ryerson Math Assistance Centre to support students who feel anxious about math. By making use of these support services, most students can be successful in these courses.

Can I do a minor in another program?

There are many programs that offer a minor to Sociology students. Please see the Sociology Curriculum page for a complete list of options, or make an appointment to speak with our Undergraduate Program Director or Program Administrator about your educational goals.

What is CELT?

CELT is a short form for Community Engaged Learning and Teaching. CELT opportunities are offered in many Sociology courses. When a course incorporates CELT, students have an opportunity to become involved with a community organization as part of their course requirements. To learn more about CELT, visit the Faculty of Arts Student Experience Centre website.

What kinds of support is available to Ryerson students?

Ryerson provides many different support services to students. For a list of some of these services go to our Student Support page.

Beyond the department, there are many ways for students to become involved in university life and to meet new people across campus. The Faculty of Arts has published a guide for students who want to get involved in campus life. You may find it here.

How can I get involved in the Sociology Department or other student groups campus?

The Ryerson Sociology Student Course Union (RSSU) provides a great opportunity to become involved in the department. Learn more about the RSSU on the RSSU page.

What makes Sociology at Ryerson unique from other universities?

Our faculty offer students critical and sophisticated ways of looking at the social world. We train students to develop strong skills in research methods. We teach, conduct research, and are active in a wide range of research and community-based projects, from environmental movements in Toronto to the state of our educational system to women and Islam. In our scholarly research and community engagement, we further knowledge and work toward greater social justice. We invite our students to participate in this exciting journey.

What can I do with a Sociology Degree?

A Sociology degree sets the stage for a variety of careers in public, private or not-for-profit sectors. Take see learn more, and to see what some Ryerson Sociology alumni are up to check our After Your Degree page.

You can also visit the Faculty of Arts Career Centre or the Ryerson Career Centre website.