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What will I learn?

Sociology asks these and other questions in order to understand the powerful forces that shape the world and societies in which we live today. It is also the study of our personal and lived experiences of those worlds and societies, and how our self-identities, future opportunities and ways of life are shaped accordingly. If you are interested in these kinds of questions, sociology is a good fit for you.

The Carleton Advantage

Carleton’s Sociology program is one of the oldest, strongest and comprehensive in the country. Our one-of-a-kind stream in Social Justice gives you firsthand experience learning from community leaders and partnering with community-based organizations to do research, work on campaigns, public events and documentary films.

You will connect the personal to bigger forces in society. You will explore how families, economic inequalities, sexuality, gender, race, the law, and the state shape us as individuals and, how we as individuals shape these social institutions.

You will be trained do hands-on research on topics you care about. You can also participate in Co-operative Education (Co-op).

The program can lead you to a variety of career paths in fields such as government, non-governmental organizations, social services, arts industry and business.

Career paths: Business and professional work; community service work or non-profit sector; government service; policy analysis and development; research

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$29,022.88 (US$ 23,144) per year
Given tuition fee is for International

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

330 Paterson Hall,

1125 Colonel By Drive,

OTTAWA,

Ontario (ON),

K1S 5B6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants who have completed Grade 12 in the U.S. or in a U.S. overseas school, will be considered for admission to first year at Carleton University. The Grade 12 program must include at least four academic units and a minimum of 16 academic units must have been completed during Grades 9 to 12. A minimum average of B- or better is required for admission. For Honours or some limited enrolment programs, however, a higher average may be required. English language requirement: Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Minimum score of 70 overall with a minimum score of 60 on each band; Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL: 86 (22 in writing and speaking, 20 reading and listening); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 IELTS (min 6.0 each band); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 60 (min 60 in each Communicative Skill); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85 (min. score of 80 on each section).

For international students

High school graduation is the normal minimum level of study to be considered for admission to the first year of an undergraduate program at Carleton University. Academic performance in previous studies is the main determining factor for admission to undergraduate degree program.

Entry requirements vary country by country.

Students with scores shown in below may be admitted with English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR). When they first start in their program, these students will be required to take our ESL Foundation courses along with a limited number of courses from their degree program. This admission with an ESLR allows students to earn academic credits from degree courses taken while completing the English requirements.

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall score between 40 and 69 (with a minimum score in each band of 30 and a minimum average of 40 over writing, reading, and listening)

Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL - 61-85 (min 15 each section)

IELTS (Academic) - 5.0 – 6.4 (min 4.5 each band and the average of writing plus reading plus listening divided by 3 must be a min. of 5)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - N/A

TOEFL ITP Plus (*temporary testing solution for China during Covid19) - Minimum score between 543 and 626 overall, with a minimum subtest score of 53

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Algonquin College
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About Carleton University

Students at Carleton University experience immersive learning through degree-related work experience, hands-on research, and community engagement.

  • Located in a beautiful green space close to downtown Ottawa
  • Most programs offer co-op (paid work-study experience)
  • 14 per cent of students are international
  • Second most sustainable university in Canada

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