Why study Sociology and Social Anthropolgy at Dal?

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You'll learn how to research, collect and analyze data to understand the problems people face in society. Immerses yourself in a rigorous and cosmopolitan academic training where you'll study the social world and the behavior of people in a variety of situations. You'll examine individual and group identity, human nature and communities.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

The range of courses we offer are as diverse as the discipline itself. In all courses, our program is committed to two goals: the development of strong research skills and building a critical edge in students so they engage with real-world examples of power and social inequality on an academic and practical level.

We encourage you to find your own intellectual voice while you receive a solid education in Sociology and Social Anthropology’s two distinct intellectual and methodological heritages.

Sample courses:

  • People and Culture: Introduction to Social Anthropology
  • Gender, Sexuality and Society
  • Explaining Crime and Criminal Behavior

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Government white papers, Statistics Canada studies, market research analyses, reports on human rights abuses, even bestsellers by social observers like Richard Florida or Barbara Ehrenreich. Every day, sociologists and social anthropologists influence the direction society moves in. Governments, businesses and individuals rely on social scientists to measure, observe and report on our world, so they can make informed decisions.

Career prospects are varied because the fundamental skills taught in the program form the bedrock for many professions in many sectors, including:

  • government researcher
  • journalist
  • social worker

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in arts and public administration or professional programs such as social work or law.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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