Degree Requirements

The following lists the course requirements and regulations for the different programs offered. Additional B.A. degree requirements set by the University are outlined in the Academic Calendar under "Faculty of Arts Regulations" and should always be consulted in conjunction with what is presented here.

The Sociology program offers honours and major degrees.

When planning courses for the following year, it is best to use the timetable prepared by the department. When we know that a course will be offered but do not know who will be teaching it we label it T.B.A. (to be announced).

Course credits are weighted as follows. Six 6 credits equals 1 full year course (September to April), an intersession (end of April to June about eight weeks) or summer school (end of June into July and early August). It is the equivalent of approximately three hours class time per week for 26 weeks. Three credits equals one half year course (September to December or January to April). Transfer credits are processed through the Registrar's Office. The general rule is that equivalencies with St. Francis Xavier University courses are sought. When no equivalency exists, the Registrar may approve the credit and assign a generic number (e.g., SOCI 393).


The choice of a Major in Sociology is generally declared at the end of the second (sophomore) year of study. A minor subject will be declared at this time as well. You should also decide at this time whether you want to do an Advanced Major or Honours degree. The job of declaration is quite easy. Around the time of reading week (commonly called March break) which usually occurs at the end of February, a student intending to concentrate in Sociology will visit the Department Administrative Assistant or Chair of Sociology and will get the appropriate Major (green) or Honours (pink) form. You must submit the form to the Department Administrative Assistant or to the Chair for his/her signature.


Students should meet with the Chair or other designated department advisors during the academic year in which the Major has been declared. You will bring the completed form to the Department. The Chair will make sure that the requirements are met (like six courses above 300, etc.). In the interview, the Chair might ask why you have selected the program you did and might even encourage you to take some courses which you may not have considered.

After this meeting, a formal application for your declared program and a plan of study will be completed and submitted to the Dean's office for approval. Note that the completed form must be signed by the Department Chair (or designate) before it is forwarded to the Dean's office. Feel free to meet with either the Chair or anyone else in the department for advice during the first year or other years as you progress through the program.

Degree Requirements for Sociology:

The Department of Sociology offers honours and major programs. Second year sociology courses (200-level) require SOCI 100 as a prerequisite.  300-level and 400-level courses require at least 12 credits in sociology below the 300-level as the prerequisite, or permission of the instructor.  SOCI 100 counts as one of these credits.

Major in Sociology

Admission: Apply at the end of your second year (get a green form from the Department office)

Courses: A minimum of 36 credits in Soc, which normally include:

i) SOCI 101 and 102;

ii) SOCI 202 and at least 3 more credits at the 200 level;

iii) SOCI 301 and 302;  

iv) at least 12 additional SOCI credits at the 3rd or 4th year level.

Requirements for graduation:

  • Maintain an average of at least 55% over the final three years.
  • See sections 4.1 of the Academic Calendar for other regulations.

Honours in Sociology

Admission: Apply before March 31 in your sophomore year (get a pink form from the Department office). To be accepted into the Honours program you need:
An average of at least 75% in ten courses (60 credits) taken during your first two years;
An average of at least 75% in all the courses completed in the Honours subject during the first two years. Grade of 70% in each course in the Honours subject.

Courses: A minimum of 60 credits (10 full courses) in Soc, which normally include:

i) SOCI 101 and 102;

ii) SOCI 202 and at least 3 more credits at the 200 level;

iii) SOCI 301 and 302 and at least 3 credits in methods: SOCI 300 or 307;

iv) at least 6 SOCI credits at the 3rd year level;

v) SOCI 400 (thesis), SOCI 491, plus at least 6 credits at the 4th year level.  SOCI 391 is highly recommended.


Requirements for graduation:

  • An average of at least 75% in all courses completed during the 4 years;
  • A grade of not less than 70% in each course of the Honours subject;
  • An average of at least 75% in all courses taken in the Honours subject in each of the junior and senior year;
  • See section 4.1 of the Academic Calendar for university regulations on honours programs.

Students contemplating Sociology as a Subsidiary Subject

If Sociology is selected as a subsidiary subject by an honours student in the BA program, 24 SOCI credits are required, with at least 6 of those credits at the 300 level.