Graduate Program in Sociology

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We are very excited for you to begin your graduate studies with us at Western. Our award-winning faculty are internationally recognized leaders in the study of population dynamics and social inequality and we are a premier destination for training in quantitative analysis. We have a vibrant and well-known community of faculty who use multiple research methodologies to examine a wide range of social phenomena in areas such as aging and the life course; health and health inequality; inequality, power, and social regulation; social demography and migration; work, occupations and professions. Both the MA and PhD programs involve the completion of a research project because we feel that in addition to intellectual development, research training provides the best opportunity to develop transferable skills that will help you in the labour market. Our department is unique in its strong sense of community and we hope that you will join us.


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We invite you to explore our web site and to contact our Graduate Program Assistant, Sandra Vilovski, if you have questions regarding our programs and/or the application process.

Patrick Denice joins Sociology

Eugena Kwon was in the top 25 SSHRC storytellers for this year's competition at Congress 2018. Watch her video: YouTube video Examining the Role of Food Literacy in Shaping Immigrant Integration Experiences in Canada

Allison Cordoba's thesis " Symbolic and Material Justice: The Case of Displaced Persons in Chocó, Colombia" is now available in Scholarship@Western thesis repository.

Gwynne Ng's thesis " Accessing Healthcare in Ontario: Influences on Utilization Among Asian Immigrant Women" is now available in Scholarship@Western thesis repository.

Esra Ari's thesis " Ideology of Multiculturalism as a Double-Edged Sword: Second-Generation of Black Jamaicans and Dark-White Portuguese" is now available in Scholarship@Western thesis repository.

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