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Athabasca University

BA Sociology Concentration

Regulations effective September 1, 2017.

Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.

The main goal of the BA in Sociology is to introduce students to the basic skills involved in understanding sociological theory and sociological research, and to show how these skills are used in such applied areas of study as crime and deviance, family and gender studies, environmental and health issues, agriculture and food, technology and the information society, race and ethnic relations, organizations and bureaucracies as well as Canadian society and social change.

These courses are designed to enable students to think more reflexively about their own life experiences, and to think more critically and analytically about some of the pressing social and global issues of our age. Many of these courses will also help students to prepare for careers in such professional fields as management, human resource development, marketing, education, nursing, local government, non-government organizations, social work and counselling, law enforcement, urban planning and community development, and family and community services.

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.

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Program Requirements

Requirements in addition to the general program requirements for the 3-year BA with Concentration:

  1. A minimum of 36 credits in concentration courses including a minimum of 24 senior (300 or 400) level credits.
  2. Required Core courses:
    SOCI 287 Introduction to Sociology I (3)
    SOCI 288 Introduction to Sociology II – Social Movements (3)
    SOCI 335 Classical Sociological Theory and Its Relevance Today (3)
    SOCI 337 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3)
    SOSC 366 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3)
  3. A minimum of 21 credits in Sociology concentration electives:
    SOCI All SOCI courses  


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated September 20 2017 by laurab

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