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)

The Department of Sociology at Western was formed in 1965-66. When the department officially opened in July of 1966, it had five faculty members and offered an undergraduate major and Master’s degree in Sociology. The department’s main research focus was demography. From these modest beginnings, the department grew rapidly, expanding the number of faculty and students. A PhD program in demography was established in 1979, with a broader PhD program following a little over a decade later.

Our award-winning faculty researchers lead in the study of population dynamics and social inequality. Subareas of research excellence include the following: 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, and Criminology, as well as a robust graduate program in sociological fields that cross the discipline. Our courses explore a wide range of topics in the fields of sociology and criminology, with an emphasis on areas of research strength including inequality, demography, criminology, migration, health, aging, and work.

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