Department of Sociology

G20 protests, 2010, Toronto, Canada. Photography James F. Cosgrave.

G20 protests, 2010, Toronto, Canada. Photography James F. Cosgrave


Welcome to Sociology at StFX, where students are introduced to innovative methods of looking at the social world, human behavior and societies. Sociologists explore the way human interaction shapes our culture, and employ the ideas of leading social theorists for comprehensive answers. 

Exciting Jobs!

Over the past 10 years our graduates have gone on to study and work in:

·       policing (RCMP)
·       corrections
·       law
·       social work
·       social policy
·       public administration
·       environmental policy
·       immigration  
·       community development
·       criminology
·       government
·       medicine (physician) (The MCAT exam now includes an extensive section on sociology.)
·       gender advocacy
·       journalism
·       communication and media
·       art therapy
·       speech pathology
·       race and multiculturalism
·       education
·       sociology
·       sports management
·       international ESL (English as a Second Language instruction)
·       environmental studies

Our graduates have also gone on to graduate work at prestigious institutions including: Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), London School of Economics, University of Alberta, York University, Queen’s, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto).

The First Year

Soc 100 (Introductory Sociology) acquaints students with the basic concepts and methods of Sociology. Key sociological theorists like Marx, Durkheim, and Weber, are explored, along with the principles of critical research methods. Each is presented as a tool for understanding a wide range of experiences, from the search for identity to the creation of a new ‘global’ world order. The works of these writers are also complemented by those of more contemporary theorists and researchers.

Degree Choices

Students can pursue a BA with a major or an advanced major in sociology, honours, and honours with subsidiary.

Why StFX?

Sociology students are among the most active at StFX, which is often attributed to the professors who give them the tools they need to ask tough questions, make informed social choices and become personally engaged in change. This gives students a chance to explore different vantage points and gain access to in-house expertise in a variety of areas including social movements, the environment, the various forms of social inequality (including class, race, gender disability and global), and theories concerning racial equality, identity and the self, media and cultural studies, rural sociology, fisheries, criminology, disability studies, deviance, social difference, gender identity and more.