Sociology

Sociology: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Sociology

MA and PhD

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

The Department of Sociology is consistently the top-ranked sociology department in Canada, with internationally renowned scholars who have an excellent track record for securing research funding, producing outstanding sociological research, and mentoring graduate students extensively. A collegial atmosphere encourages innovation and rigour in research and teaching. The community of scholars includes faculty members, outstanding postdoctoral scholars, and creative and engaged graduate students.

The department's graduate programs provide exceptional training to students in advanced social research. The focus is on transforming graduate students from consumers of academic research into producers of new sociological knowledge. To that end, there is a strong focus on methodological training; graduate students are integrated thoroughly into the faculty research programs in the department.

Contact and Address

Web: www.sociology.utoronto.ca
Email: sociology.graduate@utoronto.ca or socgrad.assist@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-3414
Fax: (416) 978-3963

Department of Sociology
University of Toronto
725 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J4
Canada

Sociology: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Baber, Zaheer - PhD
Baumann, Shyon - BA, MA, PhD
Berrey, Ellen - AB, PhD
Berry, Brent - BS, PhD
Boyd, Monica - BA, MA, PhD
Bryant, Joseph - BA, MA, PhD
Brym, Robert - BA, MA, PhD
Choo, Hae Yeon - BA, MA, PhD
Cranford, Cynthia - MA, PhD
Dinovitzer, Ronit - BA, MA, PhD
Erickson, Bonnie - BA, MA, PhD
Erickson, Patricia - BA, MA, PhD
Farah Schwartzman, Luisa - PhD
Fields, Jessica - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Fox, Bonnie - AB, PhD
Goodman, Philip - BA, MA, PhD
Green, Adam - BA, MA, MSS, PhD
Hannah-Moffat, Kelly - BA, MA, PhD
Hannigan, John - BA, MA, PhD
Hermer, Joseph - PhD
Hsiung, Ping-Chun - PhD
Johnston, Josee - AB, MA, PhD
Kervin, John - BA, PhD
Korteweg, Anna - BA, MA, PhD
Kruttschnitt, Candace - BA, MA, MPH, PhD
Landolt, Patricia - BA, MA, PhD
Lee, Jooyoung - BA, MA, PhD
Lee, Yoonkyung - BPhil, MA, PhD
Leschziner, Vanina - BA, BA, AM, DPhil
Levi, Ron - BCL, LLB, LLM, SJD
Liu, Sida - LLB, PhD
Magee, William - PhD
Maurutto, Paula - DPhil
Milkie, Melissa - BA, MA, PhD (Graduate Chair)
Mullen, Ann Louise - BA, MA, PhD
Peng, Ito - BSW, BSc, MA, PhD
Reitz, Jeffrey - PhD
Schafer, Markus - BA, MS, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Schieman, Scott - BA, MA, PhD
Schneiderhan, Erik - PhD
Silver, Daniel - BA, MA, PhD
Tanner, Julian - DipEd, BSc, MA, PhD
Taylor, Judith - BA, PhD
Tepperman, Lorne - BA, MA, PhD
Veugelers, Jack - PhD
Welsh, Sandy - BA, MA, PhD
Wheaton, Blair - PhD
Zhang, Weiguo - PhD

Members Emeriti

Blute, Marion - BA, MA, PhD
Breton, Raymond - BA, MA, PhD
Brownfield, David - PhD
Campbell, Douglas - BA, MA, PhD
Friedmann, Harriet - AB, MA, PhD
Gartner, Rosemary - BA, AA, MS, PhD
Gillis, Ronald - BA, MA, PhD
Hagan, John - BA, MA, PhD
Harvey, Edward - BA, MA, PhD
Howell, Nancy - BA, PhD
Isajiw, Wsevolod - BA, MA, PhD
Jones, Charles - BA, MA, PhD
Magill, Dennis - BA, MA, PhD
Michelson, William - AB, AM, PhD
Silva, Edward - BA, MA, PhD
Simpson, John - BA, BD, MTh, PhD
Spencer, Metta - AB, MA, PhD
Ungar, Sheldon - BA, MA, PhD
Zeitlin, Irving - BA, MA, PhD

Associate Members

Adese, Jennifer - BA, BA, MA, PhD
Alegria, Sharla - AM
Alexander, Monica - MA, PhD
Baker, Jayne - MA, PhD
Boeckmann, Irene - PhD
Caron, Christian - BA, MA, PhD
Childress, Christopher Clayton - BA, MA, PhD
Dokshin, Fedor - BA, DPhil
Elcioglu, Emine Fidan - BA, MA, PhD
Flores, Jerry - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Fosse, Ethan - BA, AM, PhD
Gray, Robin - BA, MA, PhD
Grigoryeva, Angelina - BA, PhD
Haag, Julius - BA, MA
Hoffman, Steven - BA, PhD
Innocente, Nathan - BA, MA, MA
La Touche, Rachel - BA, MA, PhD
Liddle, Kathy - BA, AM, PhD
Maghbouleh, Neda - BA, MA, PhD
Marin, Alexandra - BA, MA, PhD
Miles, Andrew - BA, MA, PhD
Owusu-Bempah, Akwasi - BA, MA, PhD
Pernell-Gallagher, Kim - MA, PhD
Plys, Kristin Victoria - BA, MPH, MA, PhD
Richer, Zachary - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Salem, Rania Hatem - BSc, MSS, PhD
Shams, Tahseen - BA, MA, PhD
Silver, Michelle - BA, BS, MA, PhD
Smith, Chris - BA, PhD
Spence, Nicholas David - BA, PhD
Super, Gail Jennifer - BCL, BA, MSc, PhD
Wodtke, Geoffrey - BA, MA, PhD

Sociology: Sociology MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

The MA program helps students develop their theoretical perspectives and research skills. It provides solid basic training in honing research skills for the public and private sectors. It also provides a strong foundation in sociological training for those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in sociology.

Students have the option of completing the master's degree in one of two ways:

  • Coursework (the preferred option for those proceeding to the PhD).

  • Coursework plus research paper.

Students can take the program on a part-time or full-time basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Sociology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in sociology, with an overall B+ average in each of the last two years of post-secondary education. Those with excellent grades but whose preparation is insufficient will be required to take additional courses.

  • Applicants are also expected to have acquired basic research and statistical skills.

  • Admission decisions are based on grades and indications of superior qualifications such as letters of recommendation and a sample of the applicant's work.

  • In addition to the School of Graduate Studies' online application, applicants must submit:

    • ​​​Two letters of reference from instructors or research supervisors.

    • A paper, including summary, which the student feels represents his or her best work.

    • A one-page, single-spaced typed statement of interest indicating research interests, research experience, and reasons for applying to study sociology at the University of Toronto.

  • Proficiency in the English language, demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English. See General Regulations section 4.3 English-Language Proficiency for minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language and TWE (Test of Written English) scores required.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework Option: the preferred option for those proceeding to the PhD

    • 4.0 FCEs or eight half courses including:

      • SOC 6001H Classical Sociological Theory I

      • SOC 6302H Statistics for Sociologists

      • SOC 6712H Qualitative Methods I.

  • Coursework Plus Research Paper Option

    • 3.0 FCEs or six half courses including:

      • SOC 6001H Classical Sociological Theory I

      • SOC 6302H Statistics for Sociologists

      • SOC 6712H Qualitative Methods I.

    • A research paper.

  • Regardless of option, the MA program is completed in 12 months.

  • The choice of courses in all programs must be approved by the department.

  • A maximum of 0.5 FCE in reading courses may be counted towards the degree requirements.

  • A maximum of 0.5 FCE in elective courses taken outside the department may be counted towards the degree requirements unless approval of the Graduate Coordinator is obtained.

  • Students must maintain a B average to be recommended for the MA degree.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
15 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Sociology: Sociology PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The PhD program prepares students for careers in teaching and research. The program trains students to conduct theoretically informed and methodologically sophisticated state-of-the-art sociological research. Graduates will be able to conduct independent research and to communicate their research in a variety of contexts. Therefore, the program is designed to provide both a broad knowledge of the discipline and training in basic research.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate MA or 2) direct entry after completing a bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Sociology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • The normal requirement is completion of the University of Toronto MA, with at least an A- standing. All students must demonstrate that their master's degree program included coursework equivalent to Classical Social Theory, Social Statistics, and Qualitative Methods I. Some students may be required to take prescribed additional courses.

  • Admission decisions are based on grades and indications of superior qualifications such as letters of recommendation and a sample of the applicant's work.

  • In addition to the School of Graduate Studies' online application form, applicants must submit:

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​Two letters of reference from instructors or research supervisors.

    • A paper, including summary, which the student feels represents his or her best work.

    • A one-page, single-spaced typed statement of interest indicating research interests, research experience, and reasons for applying to study sociology at the University of Toronto.

    • Proficiency in the English language, demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English. See General Regulations section 4.3 English-Language Proficiency for minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language and TWE (Test of Written English) scores required.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • SOC 6101H Contemporary Sociological Theory

    • SOC 6707H Intermediate Data Analysis

    • SOC 6511H Professional Development Seminar I

    • SOC 6611H Professional Development Seminar II

    • SOC 6711Y Research Practicum

    • If a student has already taken these courses at the graduate level, other courses will be substituted to obtain the 5.0 FCEs total.

    • A maximum of 0.5 FCE in reading courses may be counted towards the degree requirements.

    • A maximum of 0.5 FCE in elective courses taken outside the department may be counted towards the degree requirements unless approval of the Graduate Coordinator is obtained.

  • An average of at least B+ is require​d in order to be eligible to continue in the following year of any program. Failure in any course (that is, less than a B-) will require a review of the student's total program by the department.

  • Doctoral students must complete SOC 6511H and SOC 6611H Professional Seminar Series (CR/NCR). These seminars consist of a series of workshops designed to guide students in their graduate school career and beyond. SOC 6511H Professional Development Seminar I must be completed in the Fall session of Year 1. SOC 6611H Professional Development Seminar II must be completed in the Fall session of Year 3.

  • Two comprehensive examinations, which must be completed by the end of Year 2. If a student fails a comprehensive exam, the student has one attempt to rewrite the exam. The rewrite must occur in the next available exam session.

  • Submission of a written thesis proposal and its successful oral defence before a supervisory committee consisting of three faculty members. If a student should fail, the student is permitted one additional opportunity to defend a revised thesis proposal.

  • University policy requires that students complete all their non-thesis requirements (coursework, comprehensive examinations, thesis proposal, and language requirement if applicable) by the end of Year 3.

  • Preparation of an original PhD thesis, which must be defended at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Candidates must have an adequate knowledge of a language other than English if an additional language is deemed essential for satisfactory completion of research for the thesis.

  • Two years of residence, whereby students must be on campus and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Sociology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • The department may recommend admission directly after completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree. Direct entry of this kind will only be recommended for outstanding students who have provided a clear and detailed plan for thesis research.

  • Admission decisions are based on grades and indications of superior qualifications such as letters of recommendation and a sample of the applicant's work.

  • In addition to the School of Graduate Studies' online application form, applicants must submit:

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​Two letters of reference from instructors or research supervisors.

    • A paper, including summary, which the student feels represents his or her best work.

    • A one-page, single-spaced typed statement of interest indicating research interests, research experience, and reasons for applying to study sociology at the University of Toronto.

    • Proficiency in the English language, demonstrated by all applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English. See General Regulations section 4.3 English-Language Proficiency for minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language and TWE (Test of Written English) scores required.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 6.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • SOC 6001H Classical Sociological Theory I

    • SOC 6101H Contemporary Sociological Theory

    • SOC 6302H Statistics for Sociologists

    • SOC 6511H Professional Development Seminar I

    • SOC 6611H Professional Development Seminar II

    • SOC 6707H Intermediate Data Analysis

    • SOC 6711Y Research Practicum

    • SOC 6712H Qualitative Methods I.

    • A maximum of 0.5 FCE in reading courses and 0.5 FCE in elective courses taken outside the department may be counted towards the degree requirements.

  • An average of at least B+ is require​d in order to be eligible to continue in the following year of any program. Failure in any course (that is, less than a B-) will require a review of the student's total program by the department.

  • Doctoral students must complete SOC 6511H and SOC 6611H Professional Seminar Series (CR/NCR). These seminars consist of a series of workshops designed to guide students in their graduate school career and beyond. SOC 6511H Professional Development Seminar I must be completed in the Fall session of Year 1. SOC 6611H Professional Development Seminar II must be completed in the Fall session of Year 3.

  • Two comprehensive examinations, which must be completed by the end of Year 2. If a student fails a comprehensive exam, the student has one attempt to rewrite the exam. The rewrite must occur in the next available exam session.

  • Submission of a written thesis proposal and its successful oral defence before a supervisory committee consisting of three faculty members. If a student should fail, the student is permitted one additional opportunity to defend a revised thesis proposal.

  • University policy requires that students complete all their non-thesis requirements (coursework, comprehensive examinations, thesis proposal, and language requirement if applicable) by the end of Year 3.

  • Preparation of an original PhD thesis, which must be defended at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

  • Candidates must have an adequate knowledge of a language other than English if an additional language is deemed essential for satisfactory completion of research for the thesis.

  • Two years of residence, whereby students must be on campus and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

Sociology: Sociology MA, PhD Courses

For details on course offerings, check with the departmental graduate office.

Theory and Methods of Sociology — Core Courses

SOC 6001H
Sociological Theory I
SOC 6101H
Sociological Theory II
SOC 6201H
Sociological Theory III
SOC 6301H
Sociological Theory IV
SOC 6302H
Statistics for Sociologists
SOC 6303H
Ethnography
SOC 6401H
Special Topics in Sociological Theory
SOC 6502H
The Sociology Curriculum
SOC 6707H
Intermediate Data Analysis
SOC 6708H
Advanced Data Analysis
SOC 6710H
The Logic of Social Inquiry
SOC 6711Y+
Research Practicum
SOC 6712H
Qualitative Methods I
SOC 6713H
Qualitative Methods II
SOC 6715H
Historical Sociology

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Areas of Specialization

Gender and Family

SOC 6017H Sociology of Families I
SOC 6019H Gender Relations I
SOC 6119H Gender Relations II
SOC 6219H Gender Relations III

Health and Mental Health

SOC 6022H
Sociology of Health
SOC 6023H
Sociology of Mental Health I
SOC 6024H
Special Topics in Health
SOC 6122H
Sociology of Mental Health II
SOC 6123H
Sociology of Addiction
SOC 6126H
The Social Ecology of Health

Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race

SOC 6002H
Immigration I
SOC 6003H
Immigration II
SOC 6009H
Ethnicity I
SOC 6109H
Ethnicity II
SOC 6209H
Ethnicity III

Networks and Community

SOC 6008H
Network Analysis I
SOC 6108H
Network Analysis II
SOC 6214H
Sociology of Urbanization
SOC 6314H
Community
SOC 6414H
Urban Organization

Political Sociology

SOC 6010H
Political Sociology I
SOC 6110H
Political Sociology II
SOC 6210H
Political Sociology III
SOC 6014H
Environmental Sociology I
SOC 6125H
Theories of Social Change

Sociology of Crime and Law

CRI 3140H
Special Topics in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
SOC 6006H
Sociology of Crime and Law I: Criminology
SOC 6106H
Sociology of Crime and Law II: Sociology of Law
SOC 6206H
Sociology of Crime and Law III: Punishment
SOC 6306H
Advanced Topics in Sociology of Crime and Law I
SOC 6406H
Advanced Topics in Sociology of Crime and Law II
SOC 6506H
Advanced Topics in Sociology of Crime and Law III

Sociology of Culture

SOC 6516H
Sociology of Culture
SOC 6517H
Culture and Cognition
SOC 6518H
Culture Industries
SOC 6519H
Sociology of Food
SOC 6520H
Special Topics in Sociology of Culture

Work, Stratification, and Markets

SOC 6012H
Work, Stratification, and Markets I
SOC 6013H Social Inequality I
SOC 6112H
Work, Stratification, and Markets II
SOC 6212H Work, Stratification, and Markets III
SOC 6312H
Work, Stratification, and Markets IV

Other Courses

SOC 6021Y
Sociology and the Policy Process in Canada
SOC 6511H Professional Development Seminar I (Credit/No Credit)
SOC 6611H Professional Development Seminar II (Credit/No Credit)
SOC 6811H
Seminar in Teaching

Special Reading Courses

SOC 6015H
A reading course or individual research in an approved field I
SOC 6115H
A reading course or individual research in an approved field II

MA Research Paper

SOC 6215Y
MA Research Paper