Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Major program is designed for students wanting to specialize in one discipline (Sociology). TRU-OL offers many courses that fulfill both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but students may need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to the degree program.

Students must complete one Directed Studies course (see below).

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must submit a Program Admission form to OL Admissions by email, mail or fax. Contact Student Services with any questions regarding this.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements

120 credits, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher are required, as follows:

General Education Requirements

These may be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to the general education requirements for arts and science degree programs.

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature) other than technical and business writing courses

6 credits in humanities other than English

3 credits in mathematics (including statistics) and/or science

SOCI 1111, Introduction to Sociology I (3) or equivalent

SOCI 1211, Introduction to Sociology II (3) or equivalent

PSYC 2101, Statistics in the Social Sciences (3) or STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3) or equivalent

Lower-Level Requirements

6 credits of lower-level sociology courses

3 credits of a second-year sociology course (may be SOCI 2501)

A grade of C or higher is required in lower-level SOCI courses (including introductory sociology and statistics courses).

Upper-Level Requirements

27 credits of upper-level sociology courses (may include POLI 3991, SOCI 3991, 4221, 4301, 4311; or CRIM, HIST, WOST courses with approval of the program area)

3 credits of Directed Studies (SOCI 4991)

A grade of C or higher is required in each upper-level course, including Directed Studies, used to meet the 30 credits taken in the discipline of the major (Sociology).

Elective Requirements

15 credits of upper-level elective courses

42 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

Directed Studies

Directed Studies consists of concentrated study of a topic in the discipline of the major selected by the student in consultation with an Open Learning Faculty Member. It is open to students who have fulfilled the general education requirements, all the lower-level requirements of the major and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level courses in the subject of the major. As registration procedures differ for Directed Studies courses, students are required to consult with their program advisor before registering.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Major) offered through Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL), are required to complete a Directed Studies course.

Students who are ready to register in a directed studies course are required to consult with their program advisor about registration procedures.


30 credits of the degree requirements (with no more than 15 credits at the upper level) may be applied studies; fine and performing arts studio courses and technology courses. Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Degree requirements may be met with credits earned by prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Students are responsible for consulting with a program advisor to ensure that the courses they choose are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a particular course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.


Email Student Services for more information.