Why Sociology?

TWU’s Sociology program provides an exceptional opportunity to match your studies and values in order to create positive social change.

Why Sociology?

TWU’s Sociology program provides an exceptional opportunity to match your studies and values in order to create positive social change.

As a sociology major, you will gain the knowledge and skills to understand people and contemporary culture.

Our exceptional faculty have specialized in culture, race and ethnicity, social inequality, family, religion, and social change.

Our sociology students also have the option of completing the Human Services certificate program. This program has an applied focus in sociology, with opportunities to choose from a wide variety of practicums in helping professions. Practicums include areas in social service agencies that are governmental, non-governmental, profit or non-profit organizations, or faith-based organizations.

Sociology students may complete a semester at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, where they complete classes toward their degree while enjoying a rewarding internship.


  • A major in Sociology leading to a BA degree
  • A major in Social Science leading to a BA degree
  • A Human Services certificate
  • A minor in Gender Studies


The Human Services certificate enriches students with a wide range of courses in the social sciences, psychology, and sociology programs, preparing them for the helping professions. The program focuses on issues such as child and family development, criminal justice, faith-based social services, general human services, and global issues. Students are also equipped to work with individuals who experience social, emotional, and cognitive problems.


A Gender Studies minor offers students the opportunity to understand the role of gender in society, its structural framework in different countries, the perception of gender in the West, and a study of how the concept of gender has evolved throughout the centuries. Offered through the Gender Studies Institute at TWU, a multi-disciplinary minor in gender studies provides students with several courses, ranging from feminist philosophy to engendered history.


SOCI 380 • Introduction to Sociology

Students use the discipline of sociology as a mode of inquiry. Through concepts such as the sociological imagination, students experience the social world around them by interacting with the norms, values, and beliefs of a local and global system.

SOCI 201 • Introduction to Human Services

An examination of the basic philosophies and social influences that underlie the helping professions and a brief review of the history of professional human services workers. Students must successfully complete this course before receiving a field placement.

SOCI 252 • Contemporary Social Issues

An examination of the complex issues confronting individuals, groups, and society. We consider the various situations that produce these issues, social symptoms that result, and an evaluation of possible solutions to these social problems.


Graduates of our Sociology program often step into professions involving research, the justice system, government, business, or community and social services. Employers look for the skills that our graduates excel in such as research, critical thinking, and analytical skills.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Internship in Ottawa

Students can take on an internship at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, allowing them to gain professional work experience with an NGO, political office, museum, newspaper, tribunal, embassy, and more.

Careers in Sociology
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Knowing that social research informs policy makers, educators, urban planning, lawmakers, social work, NGOs and non-profit organizations, and – ultimately – all and any workers interested in social issues. Fields where sociology graduates excel include:

  • Human services
  • Social work
  • Community development
  • Ethic relations consulting
  • Church ministry
  • Public relations
  • Market Research
  • Public administration

Faculty Profiles

Alexandra G Dueck, M.A. Counselling Psychology

Sessional Instructor of Sociology
Coordinator of Human Services Certificate

Dwight Friesen, Ph.D.

Sessional Assistant Professor of Foundations Core

Todd Martin, Ph.D

Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Sociology

Katie Steeves, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Michael Wilkinson, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology
Coordinator of Sociology
Director, Religion in Canada Institute