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Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts, sociology program is designed for you if sociology is your passion. a directed studies course is included.

Academic studies in sociology can help you meet the prerequisites or recommended requisites for admission to many graduate programs offered by other post-secondary institutions and can also help prepare you for work in government, marketing and communications, business and other settings.

Program requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned through prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

OL offers many courses that fulfil both lower- and upper-level degree requirements, but you may need to complete some degree requirements through classroom or distance courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions and transfer the credit to this degree program.

Admission requirements

Open admission

Residency requirements

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

Degree requirements

120 credits total, including 45 upper-level credits, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 over all courses required for the credential, as follows:

General education requirements (24 credits)

May be met with lower- or upper-level university courses; refer to the General Education requirements for arts and science degree programs:

  • Six credits in English (university-level composition and literature), excluding technical- and business-writing courses
  • Six credits in humanities, other than English
  • Three 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 (9 credits)
  • Six credits of lower-level sociology courses
  • Three credits of a second-year sociology course (such as SOCI 2501)
Upper-level requirements (30 credits)
  • 27 credits of upper-level sociology courses (may include POLI 3991, SOCI 3991, SOCI 4221, SOCI 4301, 4311; or CRIM, HIST courses with approval of the program area)
  • Three credits of Directed Studies (SOCI 4991)
Elective requirements (57 credits)
  • 15 credits of upper-level elective courses
  • 42 credits of lower- or upper-level elective courses

Directed studies

A directed studies course consists of concentrated study of a topic you select in consultation with your Open Learning Faculty Member. Directed studies is open to you if you have fulfilled the general education and lower-level requirements and have completed at least 15 credits of upper-level requirements in your major.

Registration procedures differ for directed studies, so it is essential that you consult your program advisor before you register in a directed studies course.

Student responsibility

Consult with your program advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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