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Why Sociology at Western?

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.


Anders Holm and Dale Ballucci Supervising faculty





CONGRATULATIONS to Stephen Sartor, a PhD student in the department, on winning a Graduate Student Teaching Award of Excellence for his work in SOC 1027A and SOC 2017B last year (2018-2019). This award, from the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), recognizes graduate students'  contributions to the educational experience of Western undergraduates. Stephen was recognized for his outstanding work as a teaching assistant. For more on the award please go to:

CONGRATULATIONS to Bertina Lou, for her recent success in Undergraduate Awards competition. The Undergraduate Awards is a prestigious global competition hosted in Dublin, Ireland under the patronage of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Students from the best universities in the world participate in this competition. Bertina is a first-year MA in our program, An essay she wrote as an undergraduate in our program was selected for the Highly Commended category, which means she placed in the top 10% of submissions. For more please go to:

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