Department of Sociology


Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Sociology is the study of society, including the interaction between individuals, groups, and institutions.

The application of sociological thinking can lead to a better understanding of social problems and issues and suggestions about how these issues may be overcome in real-world terms.

By studying Sociology, you will gain insight into how people interact with one another and how values and beliefs both shape and are shaped by the structures and processes around us. The primary goal of the discipline is to stimulate sociological thinking—applying imagination and critical analysis to the many facets of social life.

Department Highlights

Millennial Book

Canada’s millennials are an upgrade to previous generations

Contrary to popular opinion that millennials are entitled and narcissistic, three Alberta sociologists have found that millennials are not only looking good, but may well be an upgrade on previous generations.


Department of Sociology Colloquium

Department of Sociology Colloquium Series

This colloquium series showcases current and future research being done by faculty and graduate students in the Department of Sociology

Upcoming Talks

Mountain Equipment Co-op, “diversity work,” and the ‘inclusive’ politics of erasure  by Jason Laurendeau, Danielle Peers and Tiffany Higham
February 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm | M1035

Recording studio

Social Distinction in the 21st Century Recording Studio

Listen to hip-hop, electronic music experts, sound engineers, sociologists and ethnomusicologists from Alberta, Bamako, Paris, New York and Toronto talk about the upcoming generations of studio arrangers and recording producers.

February 14, 2020 |  AH100
9:30 - 4:30


Career Bridge | Co-operative Education & Applied Studies

Career Bridge


Put Your Knowledge to Work 

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The programs available in the Career Bridge office will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career — whatever direction you decide to go. Explore career options, participate in research and develop skills that complement your degree.

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