Sociology is for those who are fascinated by the social world and how it operates. Brescia’s Sociology modules offer you the advantage of tailoring your studies to what interests you the most about society. Are advertising and social media relevant to you? Interested in crime and gender? Health and culture? If so, then you would enjoy and benefit from our Sociology programs and courses at Brescia.
Small Classes – Big Ideas
Our professors teach and research topics as fresh and diverse as today’s news. And they offer more in-depth looks at mate selection, computer crime, political movements, leadership, and the situations of newcomers in Canada. The topics are interesting and the professors are enthusiastic and invigorating. And classes are small enough that you will get to know your profs and fellow students and have lively discussions.
To learn about prerequisites for the Sociology program, please click on the appropriate category below:
- Honours Specialization in Sociology
- Specialization in Sociology
- Major in Sociology
- Minor in Sociology
- Minor in the Sociology of Gender
You will take courses like sociology of deviance, food and society, advertising and society, sociology of mental health, social inequality, and the social construction of gender. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad through courses like Special Topics in Cuba, and through our exchange programs at universities in South Korea, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Barbados (more details here). Through your courses, you will explore a wide range of subjects relevant to future career opportunities and your everyday life.
Brescia provides students with a variety of options within Sociology. Download a copy of our Sociology program brochure.
Sociology Majors can also be combined with a Major from another discipline (e.g., psychology, family studies). Honours Specialization modules are excellent preparatory programs for those considering graduate school.
Partnering with Criminal Justice and Community Development
Sociology at Brescia is enriched by its Criminal Justice program and its community service-learning program called Community Development. The Introduction to Sociology course (Sociology 1020) is the pre-requisite to enroll in our Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Community Development modules and take courses in those areas. Through Criminal Justice courses, you will study topics like criminal motivation, juvenile delinquency, victimization, policing, security, surveillance, and inequalities within the criminal justice system. In Community Development, our students link their course learning to placements in the community. This gives them the chance to act on the social justice and pro-women themes that they hear in their courses. The empowerment they experience in their classes and placements are extended to members of the community with whom they engage in mutual learning. In many ways, Brescia functions as a launching pad for young women who want to understand and boldly act for their communities in the present and the future.
The types of careers that Sociology graduates go into do not typically have “Sociologist” as part of their job title. Our graduates find rewarding careers in positions, such as:
- Community Services
- Public Relations
- Senior Services
- Youth Services
Graduate and Professional Programs after Brescia
Following their undergraduate career, some Sociologists go on to further education in graduate or professional programs. Examples of master’s, PhD., and professional programs that Sociology graduates go on to include:
- Law school
- Environmental Studies
- Population Studies
- Globalization Studies
- Public Policy and Administration
- Library and Information Science
- Media Studies
- International Development
- Social Justice
- Medical School
- Popular Culture
- Dispute Resolution
- Women’s Studies
What makes a Sociology degree so valuable are the critical thinking and analytical skills Sociologists acquire. Sociologists also have a broad understanding of social issues (e.g., racism, poverty, crime, media, community, globalization), trends, and patterns that are useful to many professions. Over the course of your Sociology education you will also acquire the ability to create concise reports and essays, develop and carry out your own research projects, give effective oral presentations, improve your interpersonal communication skills, and acquire skills in management, organization, planning, and working as a team player.
“When I think back on my time at Brescia, all I can say is how happy I am to have made the decision to enroll there. It’s true – smaller class sizes do make a difference. The professors in the Sociology department at Brescia really care about their students, and the small class size creates a safe environment for you to push yourself to look at things from a new angle, to voice your opinion and to achieve more. Working now in a highly male dominated field, I can appreciate my time at Brescia and those small class sizes even more as it taught me to trust that I have a valuable and original point of view which I am not afraid to share, to work hard and think critically, and most importantly not to be afraid to lead.”
– Carlene McCubbin ’08 – Director, Research & Advisory for Info-Tech Research Group
The full-time faculty members are:
- Dr. Edward Bell, Chair, School of Behavioural & Social Sciences
- Dr. Helene Cummins
- Dr. Lisa Jakubowski
- Dr. Steven Kleinknecht – Acting School Chair
- Dr. Jamie Seabrook
- Dr. Lina Sunseri
The contract faculty members are:
- Ms. Yvonne Asare-Bediako
- Ms. Lesley Bikos
- Ms. Gale Cassidy
- Dr. Peter Chimbos
- Ms. Rebecca Collins-Nelsen
- Ms. Nichole Edwards
- Ms. Jennifer Reynolds
- Dr. Sharon Roberts
- Mr. Michael Rooyakkers
- Ms. Susan Toth
- Ms. Julie Young