Future Students

Welcome, future students.  This information supplements Social Science's Prospective Students and Future Students pages with information specific to Sociology.

Why Sociology?

Why choose a Sociology module?

pdf Sociology at Western brochure

Opportunities in Sociology, a pamphlet from Canadian Sociological Association about career opportunities.  


First Year Requirements

Sociology module admission includes three factors:

Introductory Sociology courses

  • Complete 1000 level Sociology courses totalling 1.0 credits;
  • Your grades in these courses may qualify/disqualify you for a Sociology module, and these foundational courses are pre-requisites for many higher-level courses;
  • See Step 2 below.

First-Year Completion


  • Admission into a Major or Minor in Sociology or Criminology requires a grade of 60% or higher in 1.0 Sociology 1000 level courses;
  • Admission into the Honours Specialization in Sociology or Criminology, requires an average of 70% across 1.0 Sociology 1000 level courses and 2.0 additional courses.

Find more detail on the Sociology module admission requirements in the Academic Calendar.


1. Apply to Western

The first step in pursuing a degree in Sociology or Criminology is to Apply to Western University. Admissions decisions are made by The Office of the Registrar Admissions Department, not by the Sociology Department. Read the Admissions Office page for details.

Students have the opportunity to declare an area of interest when applying to Western. This area of interest does not mean you are entered into Sociology or Criminology yet.

All first year students are considered part of a home faculty. Generally, students who have an interest in Sociology or Criminology apply to Western in the Faculty of Social Science.


2. Include Sociology in your first year courses

All Sociology and Criminology modules require that students complete 1.0 credits of courses in Sociology at the 1000 level. You can choose:

One 1.0 credit full-year course

  • Sociology 1020 Introduction to Sociology
    An examination of the major theoretical perspectives in the field of Sociology, methods of empirical investigation of social phenomena, socialization, group structure, principles of social organization, community structure, population and social change.
  • Sociology 1021E Introduction to Sociology
    This course will cover the same material as Sociology 1020, but will also provide students with the opportunity to enhance their essay-writing skills while pursuing a project or projects involving sociological analysis.


Two 0.5 credit single-term courses

  • Sociology 1025A/B Society and You
    The sociological imagination helps us see how society shapes our lives and how we, as individuals, can change society. It also helps us understand the relationship between problems we face as individuals and issues in society as a whole. We focus on three core issues: inequality, institutions, and social change.
  • 1026F/G Controversies in Sociology
    Conceptions of ourselves and society are often based on taken-for-granted meanings. This course critically analyzes these meanings in order to disclose what likely are their underlying economic, political, religious, educational and gender/sexual themes.
  • 1027A/B Life is Not Always Fair
    In this introductory sociology course, we will challenge commonly held assumptions about individual success, talent and merit. Students will be introduced to important sociological debates about the nature of inequality, and how different social institutions and processes are implicated in the creation and maintenance of this inequality.


These courses share similar content, and are therefore considered anti-requisite as of September 2019. Don't take more than 1.0 credits in first year Sociology courses without first consulting with our Sociology Program Assistant.

3. Declare a Sociology module

Degree Structure

Western University offers three undergraduate degrees:

  • Honours Bachelor Degree (four-year; 20.0 courses)
  • Bachelor Degree (four-year; 20.0 courses)
  • Bachelor Degree (three-year; 15.0 courses)


A module is a structured set of courses specified by a Department, Faculty, or Affiliated University College, to fulfill the requirements of an Honours Specialization, Specialization, Major or Minor.

There are four module types that combine in degrees:

  • Honours Specialization
    An Honours Specialization is available only within the Honours Bachelor Degree and requires that a student complete 9.0 or more Sociology credits, as specified by the Sociology Department. Sociology offers two Honours Specialization modules: Honours Specialization in Sociology, and Honours Specialization in Criminology. Read more about our Honours Specialization modules.
  • Specialization
    The Specialization in Sociology is available only with the Bachelor Degree (four-year), and requires that a student complete 9.0 or more Sociology credits, as specified by the Sociology Department. Find out more about our Specialization in Sociology module.
  • Major
    A Major is available within all three degrees, and requires that student take 6.0 Sociology credits, as specified by the Sociology Department. Sociology offers two Major modules: Major in Sociology, and Major in Criminology. Find out more about our Major modules.
  • Minor
    A Minor is available with all three degrees, and requires that a student take 4.0 Sociology credits, as specified by the Sociology Department. A Minor must be combined with one or more modules in a degree. Sociology offers two Minor modules: Minor in Sociology, and Minor in Criminology. Find out more about our Minor modules.

You can include more than one module in your degree. Western's Academic Calendar includes a useful chart listing all approved module combinations for degrees.

We have more useful info about selecting a module based on your own ambitions in Which Sociology module is right for me?

How to declare a module

Every year there is an Intent to Register period in spring, when students use Student Centre to request registration in an academic program and/or module for the subsequent fall/winter term. You will receive announcements regarding this period by email each year. Attend ITR information sessions, held by our Sociology Program Assistant, to get answers to any questions you may have about Sociology modules and requirements.

Note: The grades you achieve in your first-year courses will qualify you for different Sociology modules. See First Year Requirements above.

When to declare a module

You can declare a Sociology module during the Intent to Register of your first year, or you can delay this decision. Sociology courses at the 2100 level and 2200 level may have course pre-requisites, but do not require enrolling students to be in a Sociology module. However, higher level courses often do require enrollment in a Sociology Department module. It might be useful to examine the pre-requisites for 3000 level and 4000 level courses that interest you, to determine what Sociology module will best satisfy your interests. Be sure to declare your module in the Intent to Register period before you hope to take those higher level courses.

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