Honours Program in Sociology
The Honours Program in Sociology offers dedicated undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct independent research under the supervision of a full-time faculty member in Sociology who has expertise in the student’s chosen research area. You will submit the results of your research in the form of an Honours thesis or project. When you successfully complete the Honours Program you will be well positioned to apply to academic graduate schools as many universities prefer an Honours degree with a thesis component. Honours program also provides you with research, writing and analytical skills that may be useful in further studies and/or employment.
As a first step, it is recommended that students meet with full-time Sociology faculty well in advance of the application deadline to discuss possible Honours projects.
The discipline coordinators for Sociology and Anthropology will advertise and conduct an informational workshop for students in March. At this workshop the Departmental Honours programs and application process will be described.
Students can obtain the Honours Package in March, from the Department of Sociology & Anthropology’s main office. The Honours Package will contain the application form and the BA Honours in Sociology: Information Brochure for Students. To apply to the Honours Program, students are required to complete and submit an application form. The form is entitled: “Application for Admission to the Honours Program in Sociology.”
Completed forms must be submitted to the Department of Sociology & Anthropology’s main office together with a copy of the current Academic Transcript by MAY 1 of the application year in which students apply for admission to the program, normally the year before the last year of their Program. At the time of delivery, students would sign a document indicating that they have submitted their Honours Package.
Eligibility and Continuation in the Honours Program
For graduation with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sociology, students should follow the calendar rules for the year they were officially admitted into the B.A. in Sociology Program. Students considering the Honours program should refer to the discipline specific Honours Handbook for the Honours program prerequisites.
Specific Graduation Requirements: Courses
All students must meet the general graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours, as indicated in the General Graduation Requirements – Bachelor of Arts with Honours section in the Academic Calendar. In addition, Sociology Honours students must meet the following graduation requirements.
1. Students must take a minimum of 20 SLGY courses.
2. Students may take no more than 24 SLGY courses.
3. Students must take Sociology 1101 - Introduction to Sociology.
4. Students must take a minimum of five 2000-level Sociology courses,
a. one of which must be:
Sociology 2233 – Sociology of Gender
Sociology 2265 – Social Stratification and Inequality
Sociology 2275 – Theories of “Race” and Ethnicity
b. two of which must be:
Sociology 2232 - Introduction to Sociological Research Methods
Sociology 2131 - Classical Sociological Theory
5. Students must take a minimum of six 3000-level Sociology courses, three of which must be:
Sociology 3321 - Quantitative Methods
Sociology 3323 – Qualitative Research Methods
Sociology 3333 – Contemporary Social Theory
6. Students must take a minimum of two 4000-level Sociology courses and
Sociology 5110 – Honours Research I
Sociology 5120 – Honours Research II
7. At least one of the remaining Sociology courses must be at the 2000-level or above.
Specific Eligibility and Continuance Requirements: GPA
Honours disciplines have control over their own entrance and continuation standards and have additional requirements.
Sociology GPA Requirements for eligibility
In Sociology, a student must have an average GPA of 3.3 across the last 10 Sociology courses completed.
Please note: A student who has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts may not enter Honours in the same discipline in which he or she has received the Bachelor of Arts degree.
Sociology GPA Requirements for Continuance
In addition, to continue in the Honours program, a student is required to maintain a GPA of 3.3 across their Sociology courses each semester. Should a student drop below a GPA of 3.3 in her/his Sociology courses in any semester while enrolled in the Honours program, that student will revert to the Majors stream for a BA in Sociology.
Application Review Process
After May 1, the Chair, in consultation with the Sociology coordinator, will assess the minimum requirements for entrance into the Honours program. Students who do not meet the set admission criteria will be informed by the Chair that their application to the Honours Program was unsuccessful.
The Sociology coordinator will schedule a discipline meeting before May 15 to discuss the applications that have met the minimum requirements. Full-time Sociology faculty members will review applications to decide which students will be accepted into the Sociology Honours Program.
At this meeting, both the academic standing and the proposed thesis topic will be considered, with emphasis placed on the fit between the relevant research experience and interests of the supervisor and the proposed project. Each full-time faculty member can supervise a maximum of 2 students in the Honours Program each academic year.
By JUNE 01, The Sociology coordinator will informally notify students who have been accepted into the Sociology Honours Program.
The Chair will provide the official letters of acceptance to students, who will then be required to register in the Honours courses.
Honours students are required to take both Honours courses in Sociology: SLGY 5110 and SLGY 5120. SLGY 5110: Honours Research I, will be taken in the Fall and SLGY 5120: Honours Seminar II, in the Winter.
Students in SLGY 5110 will complete a thesis proposal, and other related work. Students in SLGY 5120 will continue to work on their Honours project by analyzing and discussing the sociological significance of their findings and complete the writing of their thesis and present their findings.
The assigned supervisor is the primary person responsible for guiding the content, setting the assessment criteria (subject to Sociology specific requirements) and submitting grades in SLGY 5110 and SLGY 5120, including the thesis and the oral presentation of the thesis.
The Honours Writing Process
The supervisor is responsible in guiding and instructing her/his student/s in the research process.
The supervisor will be available to meet with each student. As a guideline, a meeting will take place every one or two weeks.
The supervisor will advise the student on the establishment of a realistic timeline for the completion of the various steps involved in their thesis research.
After initial discussion, your supervisor and you may choose to invite a Reader or an Adjunct to contribute his or her expertise to the thesis research. A Reader is a full-time faculty member at Mount Royal, either in Sociology or in another department or discipline on campus, who has expertise relevant to your thesis topic. An adjunct is a scholar who is not a full-time faculty member at Mount Royal or who may in fact be from outside the University, but who has expertise related to your thesis topic.