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Discover your edge in sociology

Sociology at UVic lets you explore issues that matter to you. Qwisun Yoon-Potkins (right) who received a Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award to examine the experiences of older immigrants.

Undergraduate studies
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Understanding complex social issues

Sociology offers a range of classes on topics that let you study what you're most interested in, from capitalism and globalization, to gender and sexuality, immigration, homelessness or the sex trade.

Course offerings
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Study what you're passionate about

PhD candidate Rebecca Nelems received the prestigious Trudeau Foundation scholarship for her research into youth empathy.

Graduate studies
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Research that makes an impact

Dr. Aaron Devor is working with top researchers and scholars, thought leaders, transgender community activists and students to further research into topics concerned with the lives of trans and gender nonconforming people.

Our research
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Where will you end up?

Michaela Smith's research as an honours student prepared her for a position as the research coordinator at UVic's Centre for Addictions Research.

Career possibilities
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Complement your studies with co-op

Alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience, like Marylyn Buenvenida, who worked with Mosqoy supporting the educational and cultural rights of Indigenous communities in Peru.

Co-op education

Understanding society

Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. Sociologists investigate how societies are organized and how they shape human behaviour.

We study a range of issues from intimate family interactions, riots on city streets, organized crime and religious traditions to the divisions of race, gender and class, common cultural beliefs, and the social aspects of health, illness and aging.

—Dr. Sean Hier, Chair

While examining and attempting to understand current social problems, sociology stresses social justice, equality and tolerance. Our undergraduate and graduate students are involved in experiential learning opportunities and benefit from the faculty's interdisciplinary links to research centres and academic programs on campus and in Victoria.

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Sociology