Sociology Specialist (HBA)

Admissions Category: Social Sciences & Humanities

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Program Overview

Sociology challenges us to see the world in new ways to solve social problems, build resilient communities, and nurture democratic structures. Sociology asks complex questions. It seeks to explain how society is ordered and disordered, what accounts for social cohesion, cooperation, and conflict and the causes of social inequality. Sociology programs teach students how to design and carry out quantitative and qualitative research, and analyze evidence to arrive at understanding and explanation. Students acquire a diverse set of transferable skills. Students will learn to use theoretically informed and evidence-based arguments to assess concrete social problems.

Complementary Programs:

Women’s and Gender StudiesHealth & SocietyPublic PolicyInternational Development StudiesPsychologyMental Health StudiesPublic Law, Media Studies

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

Competencies & Skills

  • Research Methods & Design
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Critical Thinking & Evaluation
  • Communication Skills
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Reasoning
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Explain important differences in the life experiences of people
  • Present sociological explanations of social issues
  • Identify/explain the impact and consequences of social policy and social institutions

Careers for Graduates

  • Researcher (Government & NGO)
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Consultant
  • Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Counseling and Social Worker
  • Marketing and Business Analyst
  • Social Services
  • Outreach Worker in Community Services
  • Risk Analyst in Security Agencies
  • Research Associate in Marketing Agencies

Further Education

  • Law School
  • Sociology
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Public Health
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Paralegal Studies

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • Take SOCA03Y3.
  • Explore different types of courses; this will also help fulfill the breadth requirements and electives.
  • Use Degree Explorer to plan your courses and program of interest.
  • See the UTSC Calendar for course requirements.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • First year course SOCA03Y3 introduces students to the field of Sociology.
  • We encourage you to meet your Program Librarian for in-depth research assistance with your assignments.
  • Book sessions with CTL’s Writing Center to develop academic and writing skills.
  • Join Students of Sociology (SOS).

Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Look for Research Assistantships.
  • Participate in the Indigenous book club.
  • Connect with campus events.
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for summer and full-time positions.
  • Get involved in relevant opportunities on and/or off campus; apply to Work Study, or other jobs on CLNx.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Attend research seminars on campus and in the community.
  • Check CLNx to search for Work Study or volunteer positions on campus to gain experience and to get involved.
  • Join one of DSL’s Community Action Projects to apply academic learning and take action for social change through engagement opportunities in the Scarborough community.

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (
  • Considering grad school?  Speak to professors and advisors early so you are on track.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Submit a paper to Undergraduate Research Day - Build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groups, DSL and the AA&CC.
  • Connect with faculty for community engagement opportunities.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Plan a career path with a staff member at the AA&CC.
  • Check CLNx for networking events and employer information sessions to attend.
  • Attend the UTSC Graduate & Professional School Fair in September.
  • Consider the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning to work or further education.

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
  • 4.5 additional credits at the C- or D- level in SOC courses, of which at least 1.0 credit must be at the D-level.
  • Delve deeper into specific specializations in Sociology.
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track to graduate.
  • Register your Intent to Graduate on ACORN by the deadline.

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Speak with a faculty member about possible Research Assistantships.
  • Consider an independent research course.
  • Attend or participate in the Sociology Undergraduate Research Day.
  • Apply for an Academic Travel Fund through Department of Student Life (DSL) to research, present at a conference, or engage with the international academic community.

Apply Theory to Practice
  • Explore summer internships or job opportunities in Sociology. 
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for relevant summer and full-time positions.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning into the work field or further education.
  • Use CLNx to search for Internships. 

Plan for Your Future Career
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend the Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course”.
  • If you are considering grad school, consider applying for a SSHRC award.
  • Discuss your plans early with staff at the AA&CC and your professors.
  • Get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (
  • ISC - International Student Centre (
  • NGO - Non-Governmental Organization (
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (
  • SOS - Students of Sociology (

Program Coordinator

Location: HL206

Sociology Librarian

K-Lee Fraser

Location: ARC main floor

Students of Sociology

Academic Advising & Career Centre

Location: AC213
Phone: 416-287-7561

Department of Student Life

Location: SL157
Phone: 416-208-4760

Did You Know?

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Michelle Obama both studied Sociology as undergraduates.