Frequently Asked Questions
What grades do I need for admission into a Sociology Department module?
- Minimum 60% in 1.0 1000-level Sociology course(s) to enter the Minor, Major or Specialization.
- Minimum 70% average in 3.0 principal courses. Principal courses include 1.0 1000-level Sociology course(s) and 2.0 additional 1000-level courses. Individual grades in principal courses must be 60% or higher with no failures in order to enter and progress in the Honours Specialization and Honours Double Major.
- For more information on module requirements, please visit the Academic Calendar.
I plan on pursuing a Masters degree or Law school after graduation. What module should I choose?
- Student who intend on pursuing a graduate degree should enrol in the Honours Specialization in Sociology. This module offers the most access to upper level courses where advanced methods, writing, communication, and research skills are taught.
My module requires Soc 2205A/B "Statistics for Sociology", but I have already taken a statistics course that is an anti-requisite. What now?
If you have taken a statistics course that is anti-requisite to SOC 2205A/B, then you will substitute the statistics requirement by taking another 0.5 credit Sociology course at the senior level (2000+ level).
My module requires Soc 2206A/B "Research Methods for Sociology", but I have already taken a research methods course that is an anti-requisite. What now?
If you have taken a research methods course that is anti-requisite to SOC 2206A/B, then you will substitute the research methods requirement by taking another 0.5 credit Sociology course at the senior level (2000+ level).
I am enrolled in two Sociology department modules, both of which require SOC 2205A/B and SOC 2206A/B. How do I deal with this overlap?
- Students are required to take both Soc 2205A/B and 2206A/B. These courses will count toward both module requirements. This is the only overlap approved by the Sociology Department. It applies only to module combinations including the Honours specialization and Majors, not the minor modules.
How does Add/Drop work and when is it?
- The official dates are available here: Sessional Dates and more information is available from Social Science Academic Counselling.
When can I enrol in courses?
- The Registrar's office assigns registration appointment times for all students based on Intent to Register. Your appointment is the first time that you are allowed access to on-line course registration. Students are encouraged to register in courses at the start of your enrollment appointment as courses can fill quickly.. Login to Student Center and select "Open Enrolment Dates" to find your enrolment date. Registration appointments begin mid June, and start with 4th year students, then 3rd year, and then 2nd year. The Academic Calendar outlines the start and end dates for course registration.
I am completing my 1st year Sociology course requirement this summer. Can I declare a module and register in courses?
- You cannot declare a module until you've successfully completed the prerequisite. Once your final grade is available, contact your home faculty's academic counselling office to change your program or wait until the next Intent to Register date.
- As of mid-July, you will be able to register for most sociology courses because the registration system will see that you're currently taking the prerequisite.
What is a special permission?
A special permission is used by a student when they need to receive approval from their home faculty for something that would not be allowed under usual circumstances. An example is when a student wants to take a course without the stated prerequisite(s). Contact email@example.com to discuss special permission requests. During busy enrolment periods, special permission requests may take up to 5-10 business days to be processed. If your special permission request is approved, you will be provided with instructions on how to enrol in the course.
If a course is full, can I get on a waitlist?
- Waitlists are used for all courses above the 1000-level. If you wish to register in a class and the course is full, you can add yourself to the waitlist to be notified if space becomes available. This is never a guarantee, so make a backup plan in case you are not offered a spot in the class. Further information on waitlists can be found on the Registrar's Register in Courses page.
If a course is full, can I get special permission to enter the class?
- No, the Sociology Department will not allow enrollment above the capacity of a course. Please continue to check online for availability during Online Course Registration.
A course I need for my module isn't offered this year. What should I do?
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possible course substitutions.
I've tried registering, but it won't work. Why?
- If you did not complete Intent to Register, you won't be assigned an appointment date and will be unable to register. Please contact your home faculty's Academic Counselling office.
- Please review the course prerequisites and constraints to determine if you are eligible to enrol. Your enrolment appointment, module or year of study may limit your eligibility to enrol in some courses.
How do I register for an extra course?
- You need special permission from your home faculty’s Academic Counselling Office for a course overload. For Social Science students, please review the course overload eligibility requirements and submit a request through the Help Portal.
Can I take a course at one of the affiliate colleges (Brescia, Huron, King's)?
- Students enrolled in modules in the Department of Sociology on main campus must take all 2000-level and above courses for the module on main campus. Sociology courses taken at an Affiliate college can only be used as electives and not toward the fulfillment of module requirements.
Can I take courses at another University?
- Students interested in taking a course at another University should first contact their home faculty Academic Counselling office to inquire about a Letter of Permission. Sociology courses taken as part of a Letter of Permission must be approved by the Sociology Department to determine equivalency. Social Science students should review the information available on the Social Science Academic Counselling website for further information regarding eligibility and procedure. Do not pay tuition or arrange travel/accommodations until your Letter of Permission has been approved by Western University.
What is an Independent Study/Reading Course?
- Students in years 3 or 4 in the Honours Specialization module are eligible to complete Independent Study courses (Soc 3398F/G, 3399F/G, 4498F/G, 4499F/G), which provides the student with an opportunity to (a) explore in more depth or detail an area which a student has encountered in a previous course or (b) explore an area which is not part of the curriculum in sociology. More information is available here.