Sociology class at Crabtree Auditorium.


Sociology is the study of people as they interact with one another in specific social, cultural, and historical contexts. It uses a scientific approach to study human behaviour and the social influences that affect it.

Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Degree options:  

Mount Allison's sociology program helps students develop their perspective on society, examining it from different points of view and in different contexts. Sociology facilitates understanding of how and why society is organized as it is, and how it might be changed to create a more just and equitable social world.

You will study subjects like:

  • social class and inequality
  • race and racialization
  • gender relations
  • youth culture
  • work and society
  • media and popular culture
  • health and illness
  • education and society
  • citizenship, identity, refugees
  • social policies
  • non-profit organizations
  • criminology
  • research methods

First and second-year sociology courses provide an overview of the discipline and an introduction to sociological analysis. You will be introduced to the study of social problems through dynamic class interactions and assignments.

Third-year courses emphasize theoretical approaches, analytical methods, and their application to major areas of interest. This will help you build on your critical, analytical, and writing skills and teach theoretical approaches to sociology.

In your fourth year, students work with greater interdependence and in more depth on a range of sociological topics.

Classes and assignments are designed to build both conceptual and applied skills. You will have the opportunity to pursue research as part of the honours program.

Find a list of sociology courses in the academic calendar – sociology.

NEW! Undergraduate certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides students with the opportunity to develop valuable knowledge, methodologies, and applied skills about the important issue of building an inclusive society free from barriers to full participation and engagement.

Undergraduate certificates are open to Mount Allison students in any program of study. Certificates (12-18 credits) are taken during your Mount Allison degree, and must be combined with a major/degree program.

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, and an honours?

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