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Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Make sense of a changing world

We are a large and innovative community of scholars, committed to high quality, critical engaged research and innovative teaching in sociology. In our programs, you’ll study the root causes and dynamics of social issues, and apply an interdisciplinary lens to issues like gender and sexuality, migration, cultural identities, race and racism, social movements, global labour, health care and more.

What makes us unique:

  • Benefit from our critical and creative approaches to studying social dynamics and problems.  
  • Challenge assumptions and support social justice with our approach to public sociology that values critical, intersectional, engaged scholarship on social inequalities, racism, work, migration, sexuality, identity and culture.  
  • Study with researchers and engaged global citizens who are specialists in their fields, recipients of outstanding teaching awards and featured as experts in the media.  
  • Our teaching methods are grounded in social theory and research–skills that will serve you well in a wide range of professions. 

Please read our Land Acknowledgment which recognizes the unique and enduring relationship of Indigenous people and their traditional territory.

A York Sociology graduate won't just have opinions, they will have the tools to read, analyse and engage. Our program gives students the tools for reading critically, thinking clearly and writing effectively. These tools are essential for building a better world. To change the world, you have to understand it. Whether you want to research social networks, racist policing, exploitation or migration - York's sociology program will get you ready. Our program is committed to making sociology public and critical. Our faculty are recognized internationally for their research on migration, digital technologies, revolution, families and sexuality.

— Lesley Wood
Chair and Associate Professor, Sociology

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