Sociology (BA)
Experience and Career Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you and learning about the many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world. There are so many opportunities to learn, lead, and embrace new opportunities all while having an exceptional student experience.

In this Guide

Learn the many ways you can extend your classroom experience to the real world.

Your Year-to-Year Experience

Enhance your academic experience by learning about the opportunities available in your program.

Explore Co-Curricular Experiences

Participate in co-curricular experiences to complement your Laurier
academic journey and gain meaningful learning opportunities.

As a Sociology student, you can: 

Outside of your program, there are many co-curricular opportunities for you to participate in. 

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. See undergraduate options, minors and courses for more information.

  • Applied Social Research specialization
  • Legal Studies option
  • Social Entrepreneurship option
  • Management option
  • Practical Ethics and Society option

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

As a Laurier student, you will develop the following competencies through your curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Competency Framework

Competencies are categories of transferrable skills that appear on your online Experience Record to help you reflect on what you've learned from your experiences. The competencies include: 

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Digital Literacy
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes
  • Self-Awareness

Functional Knowledge

You will develop functional knowledge in your program including:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how society is created, maintained and changed, and what the implications of social structures and social change are for people.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of critical research skills and the concepts of equity and social justice issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components of sociological theory and the skills to apply this knowledge.
  • Conduct, explain and interpret sociological and information research clearly and apply this information to changing situations.
  • Develop knowledge of various governmental, community and social institutions and their roles, and the ability to provide information and direction to assist in making informed decisions.
  • To produce concerned and engaged students who have an increased awareness of contemporary social issues in both Canadian and global society and the skills to evaluate social policy and contribute to social change.

Discover Career Options

All your experiences at Laurier can help you prepare for your future. Attend Career Centre events and workshops or book a career consulting appointment to explore career and further education options.

Pursuing Further Education

78 respondents from the 2022 Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by the Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

Alumni Careers and Pathways

Sample Further Education Programs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s Degree - Sociology, Labour Studies, Occupational Therapy, Social Justice and Community Engagement, Social Work
  • College Program - Digital Marketing, Human Resources, Public Relations
  • Bachelor’s Degree - Education
  • JD - Law

Sample Jobs Within the First Year After Graduation

  • analyst, shareholder advisory group
  • by-law enforcement officer
  • client project coordinator
  • communications coordinator
  • employment advisor
  • legal assistant
  • operations support agent
  • recruiter

Careers Of Alumni Two to Five Years After Graduation

  • behaviour therapist
  • clinical therapist
  • content development manager
  • disability case manager
  • human resources specialist
  • quality and compliance coordinator
  • senior marketing manager
  • social planning and policy analyst
  • workplace learning solutions specialist

Career Options and Resources

Need some guidance on what you can do with your degree? Discover some career options and find resources to help guide you. 

Career and Industry Options

  • communications/public relations
  • criminal justice
  • economic development
  • education/teaching
  • equity, diversity and inclusion
  • event planning
  • healthcare/rehabilitation
  • human resources
  • journalism/media
  • law/legal field
  • negotiation and dispute resolution
  • non-profit/advocacy
  • research/market analysis
  • social policy
  • social work/counselling
  • student affairs
  • urban planning/development

Your Experiences Tell Your Story

Share your story through your Laurier Experience Record. An interactive, shareable and official record of your hands-on experiences and learning opportunities at Laurier – the first of its kind in Canada!

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