UCalgary's sociology program prepares globally competitive graduates with the support of one of Canada's top rated research-oriented departments. Our graduate programs ground learning in core knowledge of classical and contemporary social theories, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and supplement this fundamental study with specialized courses of interest. Recent research topics include international health governance, immigration and employment, patterns of offending, gender tranformative youth programming, restorative justice and racialized youth, issues in healthcare and professional work, urban cycling, anime fandom, social inclusion of Black African youth, discourses of sexual assault. Students benefit from a professor/student ratio that guarantees access to support and feedback.
Completing this program
Core Courses: Students take courses in social statistics and advanced methods, in addition to seminars in sociological theory.
Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.
Additional Courses: Topics may include health and illness, ethnicity and racialization, gender, urban sociology, indigenous issues, deviance and social control, and more.
Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Academic jobs such as professor, instructor and post-doctoral scholar; alternative academic jobs such as researcher, educational consultant, and data analyst; health sector, government, non-profit, researcher, analyst, program evaluation, clinician.
A PhD in Sociology is usually considered a final degree.