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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
William Carroll outdoor photo

Fossil fuel mapping database results released

Today, the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) released its fossil-power top 50 listing, along with a publicly accessible database of the larger Canadian fossil fuel industry that maps its connections to the wider corporate sector in Canada and globally.

our research
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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
Rebecca Nelems in front of the library

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 looks at social aspects of life, how societies are organized, and how they shape human behaviour.

We examine current social problems while stressing social justice, equality and equity.

With us, you'll study a wide variety of topics from global social movements to the divisions of race, gender, sexuality and class. You'll also get exciting hands-on, experiential learning opportunities.

Territory acknowledgment
We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Sociology