Why Sociology?

Sociology at Western

      Our department is home to award-winning teachers and researchers who research and publish in a variety of areas within the discipline.  Areas of specialty include Health and Aging, Population Studies, Migration, and Social Inequality.

Students who study sociology, gain a deeper understanding of the social world around them.

We offer a range of courses, modules, and degree options.  Our department provides approximately 125 courses exploring many different areas of social life including social inequality, health, aging and the life course, population studies, immigration, the family, work, youth, deviance, education, identity and more.  We offer the following modules (discussed in more detail below):  Honours Specialization in Sociology, Specialization in Sociology, Major in Sociology, Major in Health and Aging, and Minor in Sociology.  The department also offers an Honours Specialization module in Criminology, a Major in Criminology, and a Minor in Criminology.


What is Sociology?

"Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies and how people interact within these contexts.  Since all human behaviour 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).