Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science

About Us


"Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious traditions; from the divisions of race, gender and social class, to the shared beliefs of a common culture."
(American Sociological Association, 2009, p.5)

Sociology's award winning teachers and researchers lead in the study of population dynamics and social inequality with a focus on such areas as: aging and the life course; health and health inequality; inequality, power, and social regulation; social demography and migration; work, occupations and professions.

We offer an array of undergraduate modules in Sociology, Health and Aging, and Criminology, as well as a robust graduate program in a diverse array of sociological fields that cross the discipline. Our department provides approximately 100 courses exploring many different areas of social life.

Consider our five main areas of concentration for study: 

These areas reflect the emphasis of research amongst our faculty as well as areas of concentration for students undertaking graduate studies in Sociology at Western.

Within these broader fields, we have subsidiary areas of strength, based on the research interests of groups of faculty: