2018 - 2019

Sociology explores patterns of human social life and examines the development, structuring, and organization of societies in all their historical and current diversity. Sociologists seek to understand how people live, think, feel, and believe in the ongoing processes that maintain and shift society and culture. Through understanding the social forces, structures and relationships that shape our world, sociology allows us to see why and how things are as they are, and how everything could be otherwise. Sociology is therefore central to understanding institutions, organizations, social policy, inequality, privilege, social problems and social change. Memorial's Department of Sociology has research strengths in the sociology of work, occupational health, immigration, culture, theory, gender, sexuality, technology and society, political sociology, social and economic development, the environment, deviance, and criminology.



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STUDIES

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first SOCI major courses SOCI 1000 and one SOCI course at the 2000 level or above. 

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker. 

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca.

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take SOCI 3040, SOCI 3041, and one SOCI course at the 2000 level or above and one SOCI course at the 3000 level or above. 

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take SOCI 3150, SOCI 3160, and two SOCI courses at the 3000 level or above.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar research interests.

 

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours and two SOCI courses at the 4000 level.

Ensure that your Breadth of Knowledge requirement of the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Submit your application by January 15 for Spring graduation or July 15 for fall graduation through Memorial Self-Service under Graduation menu options.

 

STUDY TIPS

 

 

  • Request a final official degree audit after Winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation by emailing audit_arts@mun.ca 
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at arts_registrar@mun.ca
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider applying for grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors

CAREER

Pondering your future career interest?

Take action. Register for Artsworks, a free career development program designed for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.

INVOLVEMENT

Go to departmental welcome event and Sociology Society mixer.

Attend Sociology speaker series or other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA).

Think globally about your academic involvement - International Sociological Association (ISA).

GO ABROAD

Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV at CDEL
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad
WELL BEING

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence events • Be safe with Walksafe • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus office • Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

John sociology

Jonathan Price is originally from North Harbour, a rural fishing community located in Placentia Bay on the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador. After moving to St. John’s to finish his primary and secondary education, Jonathan enrolled in Memorial University, where he successfully completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) as well as a BA in sociology; he graduated from Memorial University in 2011 with a MA in sociology. Since 2012, he has been employed as a research assistant with the Association for New Canadians in St. John’s, where he contributes to the provision of settlement and integration services for immigrants and refugees. Jonathan was also part of a research project designed to assess youth attitudes towards immigration, multiculturalism and racism in St. John’s. A journal article based on that research was finalized in March 2015 and will be published in the Journal of Youth Studies.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

My undergraduate self would be shocked that I did not end up pursuing a career in academia. After choosing to pursue sociology as my field of study, I was sure that the only option for me after graduation would be more and more school with the end goal of becoming a professor, but I was wrong. My undergraduate self would also have no idea where I work or what I do. As an undergrad, I was very oblivious to the immigration system in the province and, in particular, the fact that there was a support system for newcomers in the city at all. I think my undergraduate self would be thrilled to hear that I’m working in a sector that not only provides me with an opportunity to develop my research and writing skills (my supervisor has provided me with numerous opportunities for publication), but also an opportunity to help people that really need and appreciate the support.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

I think my biggest challenge was a lack of networks to provide me with support, guidance, etc. When I first started attending Memorial, I was the first person from my family to do so and, thus, I was never taught how to properly navigate a post-secondary institution (i.e., a lack of cultural capital – yay social theory!). So, for example, it took me a long time to adjust my high school study habits and paper writing approaches to be successful in university. Further, the majority of my friends did not attend Memorial so I did not have many social networks on campus to provide me with information, support, etc. In order to address this issue, I made a conscious effort to socialize with as many classmates as I could (including social activities outside of class). Many of the networks that I made during my time in Memorial provided me with an abundance of valuable information, tips, etc., including participating in numerous study groups that were instrumental to my undergraduate and graduate success. In fact, one network that I made in the business faculty introduced me to a part-time, on-campus job that helped me pay for some of my undergraduate tuition and accumulate valuable technical skills.

What resources did you use while at Memorial?

I regret to say that I did not use as many resources at Memorial as I should have, outside of the Writing Centre and the computers and books at the QEII Library. Maybe I would have used more if I was introduced to all of the available resources (I’m sure that not attending my orientation in first year didn’t really help!). 

Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

On several occasions I met with an academic advisor with the Office of the Registrar. The majority of my visits occurred when I was transitioning from my Bachelor of Commerce program into a double major program that included sociology. The advisor was extremely helpful with planning my course load and ensuring that I met all my requirements for graduation in two faculties.

I also met with a number of faculty members in the Department of Sociology when I was considering entering the MA program. These meetings were very helpful, as they introduced me to the options that would be available to me after completing my undergraduate program and allowed me to make an informed decision regarding graduate school. Also, my eventual supervisor was very helpful in assisting me apply to graduate school (e.g., helping me fill out forms, developing my research idea, etc.).

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

Actually, one of my biggest regrets is my lack of extra-curricular activities when I was younger. If I knew what I know now, I would have been volunteering as much as possible during my time at Memorial to meet new people, accumulate employable skills, and to broaden the opportunities available to me.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

Yes. In my second year of undergrad I completed a 2000 Level sociology course. This was only my second sociology course, but I instantly fell in love with the course material and the passionate, entertaining lectures of Dr. Ailsa Craig. During that semester, I became more and more interested at the thought of focusing my studies in sociology and, one semester later (with some encouragement from Dr. Craig), I had decided to make it my second major and I have never regretted my decision.

Did you participate in a study abroad program?

Unfortunately, no, but I would absolutely encourage anyone to jump on the opportunity if they ever have it.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

Volunteer as much as you possibly can. As I have found out, it can be difficult to find quality employment with an MA in sociology, so it is absolutely critical that you start developing your transferable (employable) skills as soon as you can. While the theory that you learn throughout your program is valuable, it is important to focus on the employable skills that you are accumulating (e.g., some of the most important skills that I gained from my sociology degree are my ability to develop surveys and work with SPSS - software for statistical analysis). Volunteering is also a great way to expand on your social networks and identify new opportunities (including potential job openings).

It is also very important to maintain the quality of your social networks. For example, while having good references on your resume is important, you never know when a potential employer will ask the opinions of someone NOT on your resume, especially in such a small city like St. John’s where everyone knows everyone.  

Networks are also important because they provide you with important information that could, for instance, secure employment for you. For example, without talking to fellow students in my graduate program, I would have never known about the Graduate Transition to Employment Program (GTEP), which was a big piece in securing my first job after graduation.

 

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)