SociologyHave you ever wondered about such issues as the social causes and consequences of crime? Or how family members are coping with the “time crunch” and their generational differences? Or even what the relationships between rich and poor are in Canada and the world? If so, then you would enjoy and benefit from our Sociology 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.

Partnering with Family Studies and Community Development

Sociology at Brescia is enriched by its Divisional partner, Family Studies, and its community service-learning program called Community Development. In Community Development, many of 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.

Sociology Courses and Programs at Brescia

Brescia provides students with a variety of options within Sociology.  You will be able to choose from a wide range of Sociology courses such as Criminology, Sociology of Education, Research Methods, Community Development through Service-Learning, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Deviance, and Social Inequality.  The Department of Sociology at Brescia offers the following program pathways:


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? You will explore a wide range of subjects relevant to your everyday life.

Sociology Majors can also be combined with a Major from another discipline (e.g., political science).  Honors Specialization modules are excellent preparatory programs for those considering graduate school.

Criminal Justice

Brescia’s Criminal Justice modules are designed for students interested in pursuing careers related to policing, corrections, courts, policy, and criminology. You will learn about different elements of the criminal justice system, problems impacting crime victims, factors predisposing people to criminality, concerns with surveillance and security, and strategies used to prevent crime.

Community Development

Brescia’s Community Development modules are designed for students interested in service learning. You will complete a placement in a not-for-profit organization, which gives you a unique service learning experience as part of your curriculum. You will acquire a firsthand understanding of how social problems affect communities, and how to promote positive social change.


The full-time faculty members are:

The part-time faculty members are:

  • Ms. Gale Cassidy
  • Dr. Peter Chimbos
  • Ms. Rebecca Collins-Nelsen
  • Mr. Georgios Fthenos
  • Dr. Sharon Roberts

Sociology Career Paths

The types of careers that Sociology graduates go into do not typically have “Sociologist” as part of their job title.  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.  A Sociology degree opens the door to a number of career paths including:

  • Administration
  • Business
  • Community Services
  • Corrections
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Investigations
  • Journalism
  • Policing
  • Politics
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • 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:

  • Sociology
  • Law school
  • Criminology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gerontology
  • 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

There are many options open to Sociology graduates.  The material available on this page serves as a starting point for exploring where your sociological imagination might take you.

Contact us

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Steven Kleinknecht, Chair of the Division of Sociology and Family Studies, at or 519-432-8353 x28279.