Fast Facts

The Department of Sociology at Western officially opened in July of 1966.  With a historic strength and commitment to research excellence in the field of Population Dynamics and Social Inequality, our productive and internationally recognized faculty publish in the discipline’s most prestigious journals.  Western Sociology is home to award-winning teachers and outstanding research training for graduate students at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels in the theoretical and empirical study of various disciplines.

Undergraduate Program

  • Array of modules in Sociology and Criminology
  • Award-winning teachers
  • More than 800 students

Graduate Program

  • Expertise in various sociological fields
  • Award-winning faculty researchers and supervisors
  • 68 MA and PhD students


  • Wide range of topics in the fields of sociology and criminology
  • emphasis on research areas of:  aging and the life course; health and health inequality; social demography and migration; inequality, power, and social regulation; and, work, occupations, and professions


  • 22 Full-time Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Limited Term Lecturers
  • 10 Part-time Standing and Limited Duties Assistant Professors, Lecturers
  • 19 Emeriti
  • 5 support staff