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Why Sociology at Ryerson

Our Department

Ryerson's Sociology Department has a long and rich history in teaching undergraduate students from a wide variety of disciplines. We help our students develop critical thinking skills, determine potential solutions to social problems, and learn practical skills that are applicable to any job. Our new four-year undergraduate program prepares you to deal philosophically, practically, and progressively with everyday common problems - at work, at home, in school, and even in your own life!

Our History

At Ryerson University, the Department of Sociology was part of the Division of Social Sciences until the mid-1970s. Since its birth as a Department, Sociology has been supplying classroom teaching to a wide array of Ryerson programs, from Social Work to Image Arts, from Business to Nursing.

In 2003, we decided to offer a four-year undergraduate degree specific to Sociology.  A formal proposal to create the new Sociology program through the Faculty of Arts was submitted in early 2004, and was accepted by Ryerson University.  We began accepting our own Sociology program (FULL TIME BA) students in September 2005.

Program of Study

The BA in Sociology combines theory, research, and practice. Our students will graduate as well-rounded thinkers and doers, who will have a wealth of skills enabling them to leap into any job position.

Students will take two years of fundamental preparatory courses, shared with students in Criminal Justice, Politics and Governance, and Psychology ; and then two years of specialized courses in Sociology, including sociological theory both classical and contemporary, research design and methods, and electives on a wide range of themes from gender identity to action movies to racial and ethnic inequality and many more.

By the time you complete your Sociology degree, you will: know how to critically analyse the world and communicate with others, have developed lifelong learning techniques, have worked with others in teams, have learned the fundamentals of mediation, have developed ethical knowledge, and have a good understanding of written, computer, and number-based languages.

Toronto as Your Laboratory

With our downtown location in the heart of Canada's largest city, metropolitan Toronto itself becomes the lab to study society outside our own doors. Identified frequently as the world?s most multicultural city, Toronto offers the rare opportunity to study complex issues unique to urban settings. Toronto is the laboratory your professors will use to demonstrate sociological principles, theories, and research techniques. You will personally explore and examine the dynamics of the ever-changing, information-based society through the lens of Toronto.