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Sociology (BA)

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Are you fascinated by the social behaviour of people? Consider a Sociology major! Students in the VIU Sociology study program explore a breadth of issues and events from the past, present and future that shape society. Sociology covers every aspect of human existence, making the skills learned and understanding gained from this area of study carry over into almost any future career.

With an in-depth awareness of the inner workings of social behaviour from a macro level, Bachelor of Sociology students graduate with the tools to help make the world a better place with careers in social work, government, counselling, community affairs and international aid.

Sociologists seek to understand human behaviour and attitudes by examining how these are shaped by history, culture and a society’s political and economic arrangements. Sociologists examine how ‘macro’ issues such as race, class and gender, environmental destruction, and technological innovation are linked to the constraints and opportunities faced by individuals. Of central concern to sociology is the study of social inequality at the local, national and global levels. Sociologists also study how societies change and how such changes affect the life chances of individuals and groups. Sociological research spans a very wide range of subject areas including family, gender, aging, social movements, health, religion, population, science and technology, community development and the natural environment.

The B.A. Major in Sociology is a well-rounded program that provides students with a solid grounding in research methods, sociological theory and the core areas of sociological inquiry including inequality, gender, social change, political economy, family and the self in society.

The B.A. Minor in Sociology can be combined with a Minor in another discipline to fulfil the requirements for the B.A. degree. This is a flexible option that allows students to tailor a program best suited to their educational goals and career aspirations.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English

Requirements for a Major

Years 1 and 2 

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Inequality
  • Introduction to Social Research) or equivalent

Years 3 and 4

  • Foundations of Social Theory
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory

Select one of the following courses:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research and Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology I
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Requirements for a Minor

Years 1 and 2 

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Inequality
  • Introduction to Social Research

Years 3 and 4

Select one of the following:

  • Foundations of Social Theory
  • Contemporary Social TheorY
  • Fees for One Year  Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,500.00 
  • Total 7,042.26

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