Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Explore the powerful social forces and belief systems organizing human societies.

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Bachelor of Arts


4 years


Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Why study Sociology at UBC Okanagan?

Get your degree in Sociology, the study of society and how social forces shape human behaviour and determine life chances. Students will be challenged to apply theoretical and analytical skills to explore, understand and expose how power and privilege are distributed, structured and replicated.

Learn to apply historical analysis, participant observation, surveys and interviews to better serve global social justice. In your senior-level coursework, you have the option of taking directed studies, where you will complete directed readings and a research project.

Degree Options

At UBC Okanagan, you can specialize in Sociology as a Major. A Minor is also available to students Majoring in another discipline.


Sample Courses

These are examples of courses you can enrol in during your studies. To plan your academic journey, please visit undergraduate academic planning.

SOCI 111 – Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 246 – Sports and Society
SOCI 249 – Crime and Society
GWST 100 – Gender, Race, Sexuality and Power I: An Introduction
INDG 100 – Introduction to Indigenous Studies

SOCI 209 – Foundations of Sociological Thought
SOCI 216 – Media and Society
SOCI 228 – Sociology of the Anthropocene
SOCI 263 – Political Sociology
SOCI 291 – Fundamentals of Sociological Research

SOCI 305 – Sociology of Families
SOCI 309 – Violence in Intimate Relations
SOCI 371 – Deviance and Social Control
SOCI 376 – Classical Sociological Theory
SOCI 395 – Sociological Methods: Qualitative Research

SOCI 377 – Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOCI 415 – Feminist Theory
SOCI 432 – Sociology of Food
SOCI 456 – Sociology of Elites
SOCI 492 – Surveillance and Society

Plan your academic journey by exploring the undergraduate academic planning guide designed for Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students.

Explore customized Program Plans designed to support your journey to graduation and beyond.

Careers and Outcomes

UBC degrees are respected by employers around the globe. Program graduates will have the skills to pursue a career in a variety of fields like,

  • Academics
  • Human resources specialist
  • Public policy analyst
  • Community service agency worker
  • Market researcher
  • Social policy researcher
  • Public information officer
  • Community relations specialist
  • Case manager
  • Actuary
  • Labour relations officer
  • Career/employer counsellor
  • Lawyer
  • Child/youth worker
  • Social statistician
  • Labour relations mediator
  • Demographer
  • Activist/lobbyist
  • Addictions councillor
  • Health-care administrator diversity consultant
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Disability advocate
  • University admissions officer
  • Student life coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Media analyst/researcher
  • Technical/policy writer
  • Victims advocate
  • Community development worker
  • Recreation planner
  • Indigenous enhancement support worker
  • Behaviour interventionist
  • Youth probation officer

Admission, Fees, Applying

You could soon be studying at one of the world’s top universities. Be sure to review the content below to prepare for attending UBC Okanagan.

Experiential Learning

Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleague.

Learn more about Co-op, Go Global and Undergraduate Research Awards opportunities at Experiential Education.

Follow your ideas and jump-start your career:

Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance made available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.

Global and Close-Knit

At UBC Okanagan, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally ranked, top 5% university while studying in a close-knit learning community. 50% of graduates, from all across the globe, choose to stay in the region.

Discover the Okanagan

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards, orchards and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan is an inspirational landscape perfect for those seeking leisure or outdoor adventure.

UBC's Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people— the fourth fastest-growing population in Canada.