• sociology,  subject POST

    slight major confusion

    hi! I had a question about switching majors. I’m a first year and I’m not sure if I want a major in sociology or something else. how hard would it be to switch to soc in 2nd year if I originally chose something else?


    hey there,

    i’m not really sure what you mean by switching in second year. do you mean, like, before your second year starts? midway through your second year?

    if you’re currently in your first year, you’re technically not even in a major yet. dunno if you’re aware of this, but u of t runs on a subject POSt system– which means you apply to be admitted to a program of study in the early summer right after your first year. until you’ve completed that procedure, you don’t even technically have a major to switch out of.

    you might be referring to your first-year admission stream (which i doubt, because you said something about a major) or the program of interest you declared on your ouac? u of t’s not gonna hold you to that program of interest, nor did getting admitted to u of t mean you were guaranteed access to that major. as for the admission streams, those are mainly done for the purpose of giving priority enrollment to students who are most likely to need certain courses as prerequisites for majors in that stream. if that makes sense.

    if you’re hoping to find out more about how to actually choose your programs of study and what that process looks like, i’ve written that up in a previous post and you can view it here. updated deadlines– so you can get a sense of a timeline– are here.

    and, well, if you’re asking about how to switch your major halfway through the year, technically you can’t. what you can do is drop the courses related to the major you don’t want anymore, and start taking prerequisites/program requirements for the major you’re more interested in beginning in the winter semester. then, if you have everything you need, you can request a new program and then drop your current one during the program request period following your second year. might wanna note that you should drop after being accepted to your new program, just in case things don’t pan out.

    for soc specifically, i don’t know that you’re gonna be able to request it without taking a summer course in the first summer semester and then requesting soc as your major during the second program request period that begins in july. this is because to get into soc, you need at least 65% in SOC100 and SOC150, but you can’t take SOC150 without having already taken SOC100.

    tl:dr — switching before second year starts? easy peasy lemon squeezy, as long as you have program prereqs. switching midway through second year? difficult difficult lemon difficult — if you haven’t already taken those first year soc courses, anyway. if you have it should be as easy as requesting soc as a program in the summer.

    hope this helped!

    be Boundless,




  • exclusions,  psychology,  sociology

    hooray for program conflicts we love being confused

    Hi, I am planning on majoring in sociology and minoring in psychology at utsg. Psych requires psy201 (statistics) and soc requires soc202, but the problem is that psy201 lists soc202 as an exclusion. Is there a way to get around this? Thanks


    hey there,

    it actually seems like you may be able to get away with only taking SOC202, and having that satisfy the requirement for both your programs. i checked out the psych requirements on the calendar, and where it lists PSY201 there’s an allowance for ‘or equivalent course in statistics.’ i’m not 100% sure, but as an exclusion is considered to be a course too similar to the course in question, i’d imagine that the two would be considered equivalent. i would contact the department just to make sure, because they’re the ones making these kinds of decisions, but i’d say chances are good that this is your best workaround.

    in case it doesn’t work out, you do have another option. according to the university’s rules, you’re able to get special permission (probably from your registrar) to enrol in the second course. it’ll just be designated as ‘extra’ and not count towards your gpa, but my guess is that it’d be okay for your program’s purposes. i wouldn’t recommend registering without talking to your registrar, because if you get discovered they’re allowed (and supposed) to remove you without warning.

    psych and soc seem to be too common of a combination for there to be no way around your exclusion problem. so i hope at least one of these routes works out for you!

    over n out,


  • english,  first year,  programs,  sociology,  UTAPS

    good luck, young one


    I am a first year student. I plan on majoring in English and Sociology. I have a couple of questions:

    What is Type 1,2,3 program?  From what I understand type 1 program does not have any requirements. And does English and Sociology fall under any of those programs?

    If English and sociology does fall under type 1 program that means that I do not have to worry about anything hopefully.

    Can I enrol in my english or sociology major now or in second year?

    Also how fast can i graduate? I am currently enrolled in 5 course. I plan on taking however much courses I am allowed in the summer.

    Lastly, one of my friend told me about UTAPS. I will be receiving OSAP this year. Will i be eligible for UTAPS. And (if so, i hope so) when will I know if i am getting UTAPS?

    Thank you


    hello eager first year!!!

    since your question is in multiple parts, i will be answering in multiple parts.

    1. program types

    the program type basically indicates what the entry requirements are for that specific program. type 1 programs have no special requirements. type 2 programs require specific courses and/or grades in those courses and type 2L programs are programs with a limited amount of spots. type 3 programs require specific courses and have a limited number of spaces. some type 3 programs might require additional information (an application, an interview, etc). check out this link for more info.

    according to the program listings, english is a type 1 program and sociology is a type 2L program.

    2. enrolling in the majors

    you don’t need to enrol in a POSt (program of study) until you’ve earned at least 4.0FCE (full credit equivalents). this is usually at the end of your first year.

    for english, you will just need to add the program during the program enrollment dates and you will automatically be added to the major–easy peasy lemon squeezy.

    for sociology, you will need to have a minimum of 65% in SOC101Y or an average of 65% in a combination of SOC102 + SOC103, SOC102+SOC150, SOC103+150, or SOC100+150. once you’ve completed that requirement, you will request the program on ACORN during the request period, and then wait for the response. if you are accepted, you will see an “invitation” to the program that you will need to accept to be officially in the major. keep in mind that because sociology is a 2L program, it means that just meeting the minimum requirement may not get you into the program.

    check out this link for more detailed information about enrolling in programs.

    3. how fast can you graduate

    if you take 5.0FCE every year, you should graduate in 4 years (5 FCE x 4 years= the 20 FCE needed to graduate). if you take the maximum number of summer courses (2.0FCE) every year, you could graduate a little earlier (ie. if you were supposed to graduate june 2022, you can graduate november 2021). basically, that would look like this:

    5FCE (fall/winter 2018-19) + 2FCE (summer 2019)

    + 5FCE (fall/winter 2019-20) + 2FCE (summer 2020)

    + 5FCE (fall/winter 2020-21) + 1FCE (summer 2021)

    = 20 FCE needed to graduate for november 2021.

    keep in mind, however, that summer courses move super super quickly and it isn’t a really good idea to take the max amount of summer courses– especially since you’ll be coming straight from a full year’s worth of school. personally, i can’t fathom the idea of three years straight of school– i need my downtime!

    tropical grim reaper GIF by Dark Igloo

    another option that you could look into is taking 6.0FCE (the absolute maximum amount of credits) per year. again, keep in mind that u of t courses are super intense and a lot of students actually take less than 5.0 because of how heavy the workload can be. it might be a good idea to see how first year goes and then decide if you wanna take a heavier course load (either in the summer or in the year after).

    4. UTAPS

    if you’re receiving OSAP, you will be automatically assessed for UTAPS. you can use their online estimator to see if you’re eligible and how much you could potentially receive.

    according to the financial aid website, UTAPS is first applied to your balance on ACORN and any extra is sent to your bank account. it doesn’t say when you will receive the UTAPS if you are eligible.

    i would get in touch with enrolment services, the financial aid office on campus, for more information.

    phew, that’s a TON of information.

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    i hope this helps! good luck, young one.



  • sociology,  transfer credits,  Transferring

    the long journey from western to u of t

    Hi, I am currently a Western student that wants to transfer to U of T sg campus. I am a music student at Western but i am wanting to join arts and science sociology at u of t since I have decided to go to a different career path. The main reason for me to consider transferring is for prestige reasons since u of t’s reputation is very high globally. I have read most of u of t’s transfer section but still have some questions about the system. First of all how difficult, competitive is it to join arts and science dept at u of t as a transfer student? On the website it says that i need at least a ‘B’ average but I want to know if this is 100% true. Also since I decided to join the music dept, I do not think I have finished the six grade twelve courses at my high school (in BC). Is it still possible for me to even apply for transfer to u of t? If I am eligible for transfer, would you guys recommend for me to take some socio courses at Western before considering transfer? or would it be possible for me to just have the music course credits to transfer over and start fresh in socio at u of t if i do get in.



    first of all, let me apologize for this very very late response. this school year has been (for lack of a better term) kicking my ass so far. but i’m back now!

    i can’t really comment on how “competitive” admissions are (as i’ve stated time and time again, read my blog before you ask questions!) as that depends on every year’s roster of applications. if the website says a B average is usually what is required, i would trust that information.

    you should have finished six grade twelve courses, as that’s the minimum requirement for all ontario universities. and since you were at western, i’d assume that you had those credits.

    if you want to come to u of t as a transfer student, you’d want to check what transfer credits you’re eligible for. use the transfer explorer and input the courses that you’ve taken at western. it will generate a list of the equivalent u of t courses. according to the department of sociology’s website, you’ll need to have achieved a 65% (for the major program, which means you’d be taking 7 FCE (full credit equivalents) to complete) or an 80% (for the specialist program, which means you’d be taking 12 FCE) average in SOC101Y and at least 3 FCE (full credit equivalents) in other disciplines. they also have some other requirements that you can check out in more detail on their website.

    you may not have the courses or transfer credits needed in order to directly enroll in sociology right after your transfer. what you can do is to transfer to u of t, use your first year at u of t to take the required courses and pull up your GPA. then, in the summer between your first year at u of t and your second, apply for sociology. i know it might be frustrating to be unable to enter the program of your choice directly after transferring, but unfortunately, that may be your only option.

    again, i am so sorry for this extremely late response, i hope it was still helpful!

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  • first year,  SDS,  sociology

    sexy soc-y ;)

    Hey! Is there recommended first year courses I should take if I want to double major in sexual diversity and sociology? 🙂



    so, you just need to go to the faculty of arts and science’s calendar to see what first year courses are offered by those department as well as which courses they recommend you take in first or second year.

    for sexual diversity studies, they suggest that you take SDS255H1/ SDS256 in your first year as well as “a broad range of of courses in the humanities and social sciences”.

    for soc, they suggest SOC101Y and a combination of two half-year courses that are outlined in the calendar that i really don’t feel like typing out for you. sorry but not sorry. you got into this school, you can read.

    i hope this was helpful!

    MLB hernandez GIF



  • economics,  housing,  sociology,  switching

    options, stacks on stacks of options

    Hey aska!
    I’m doing a sociology specialist at the moment and entering my third year,
    but I want to look out for other majors. I’m kind of interested in economics
    at the moment, and want to take the two full year courses for the major
    prerequisites. However, I don’t know how smart that is (taking 2 full year
    courses just for the sliver of the chance of getting in) considering I’m
    not very good at math or time organization – I had to climb up from a 0.8
    GPA in first year because of a rough transition, and now my GPA and mental
    health are more secure I want to try branching out. I also want to ask if
    me being in third year affects my chances of applying to the program, since
    so many incoming first years have probably gotten a head start.Thanks for
    your reply:0



    being in third year does not affect your chances of getting into the program at all, you can apply for a subject POSt up until you want to graduate.

    as for whether or not it’s “smart” to take 2 full year courses in order to get into the major, i would definitely suggest at least trying. according to the department of economics’ website, you need both an ECO and MAT requirement and certain marks achieved in those courses. if you’re worried that it’s not “smart” because you’re bad at math and time management (which is extremely relatable to me), you could at least try enrolling in those courses, see how you do, and then drop before the deadline (this year, it’s november 6th for F courses and february 20th for Y courses). no harm, no foul.

     twin peaks okay smiling thumbs up dale cooper GIF

    if you’re really serious about enrolling in the econ major, you could also try taking just one of the courses this year or starting with both and dropping one if you need to. then, you could take them as summer courses later on or the year after. the only issue with that option is that it might further extend the time spent on your undergrad degree, but if that isn’t a big deal for you, then this is a good option in my (non-professional) opinion.

    i really believe that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to, but also know that there are other options that you can explore if the initial plan doesn’t work out. i would also suggest making an academic advising session with your college registrar’s office. i’m sure they’d be able to help!

    i hope this helps! good luck!



  • criminology,  psychology,  sociology

    still bragging about my new soc degree


    Previously I was a part-time student at the St. George Campus. I completed 4.5 credits and then left. Now it’s 5 years later and I’d like to come back to complete my degree. I did not chose a subject post before I left. Now, my preferred program (sociology) went from a Type 2 to a 2L. I  got 65% in my 100 level SOC credit. That’s the bare minimum so I’m not super competitive.

    1.  How do I get permission to retake 100 level courses to become more competitive to get into the sociology program?
    2.  In case I don’t get into the sociology program, what are other programs that I should consider?
    3.  What services are available on campus to help transition back to student life?


    hello there!

    yay, a sociology question! no biggie, i just completed my soc major last month so you’ve come to the right place (yes, i know, i bragged about this in a past post, but #sorrynotsorry)

    1. if you want permission to retake 100 level courses, you would need to contact the department of sociology. i’m not sure if they’ll let you you retake the course since 1) you’ve already passed the course, 2) you do TECHNICALLY meet the requirement. in this situation, it would be best to talk to the undergraduate advisor to look at what your options are for entering the program. a nice chat with her will probably be beneficial, especially if there have been any changes to the program since you’ve been gone. dammit, kelly clarkson is stuck in my head now. i have a feeling that the fact that the program switched from a type 2 to a 2L isn’t thaaat bad, it just sucks because we don’t know exactly how limited the program is.

    2. if you don’t get into the sociology program, you could consider programs that are similar. instead of the studying groups of people/ society, you could learn to study individuals (psychology)? humans (anthropology)? criminals (criminology)? there’s always women and gender studies, equity studies, or sexual diversity studies as well! of course, all of these programs will have prerequisites that you will need to look up yourself. since you’ve already completed 4.5 FCE’s, you’ve probably already completed a first year prerequisite course for a program. you could consider going into one of those programs!

    3. transitioning back into student life after an absence is an interesting thing that not many people ask about. honestly, i don’t think there are many resources for transitioning back, but there are definitely tons of resources for transitioning into university life, if you want to relive that again! it’s always good to check in with the registrar’s office if you need help with transitioning back to academics or if you have more questions about returning!

    hope this helped! welcome back!

    peace and love,


  • averages,  failing,  sociology,  subject POST,  summer

    i just want to know what i’m up against

    Hi, I’m a first year student at UTSG and I’m worried that I might fail a course (even though I put it down as credit/no credit) I obviously want the credit cuz it’s a full year course but i worry I might fail. I don’t want to spend this summer in school obviously,  but I’m thinking of making up for it next summer. I was wondering how does summer school work if I take one full year course? Do we meet every day? Are lecturers typically 2hrs? Are there tutorials? How many days a week would we meet?

    Also I’m thinking about majoring in sociology, It says u need a combined mark of 65% for SOC102 and 103. I severely underestimated first semester and got a 64 in 102 and I’ll probably finish in 103 with around 75. Do u think I’ll be admitted into the program with a 70% overall? How competitive is sociology? I can’t find this info anywhere!



    first of all, i hope you didn’t fail the course! we’ve all been there at some point in our undergrads, so don’t sweat it too much. you’re only in first year and you have plenty of time to catch up if you do end up failing. fingers crossed!

    i actually prefer summer school to fall/winter school (?) because i feel that i have more energy to get up and go to class when it’s nice outside as opposed to when its dark and gloomy. it’s not the worst thing! a summer of relaxation can get boring! might as well do something productive!

    *my most sincerest apologies if this information is completely irrelevant at this point in time- i’m really bad at getting to time-sensitive questions on time*

    every summer Y course is different. i’ll show you different examples of what to expect. since you’re pursuing an arts degree, let’s go with something like anthropology. as you can see below, you’ll have 2 two hour long lectures and one hour long tutorial per week,

    but for another Y course in arts, let’s say cinema studies, you’ll have 2 four hour long lectures and no tutorial. (the lectures are usually very long because they sometimes include screenings)

    if we look at yet another example coming from east asian studies, you’ll have 1 two hour long lecture and 1 hour long tutorial per week.

    so you can see that it really depends on what course you decide to take. some classes come with tutorials and others come with screenings. there’s no set amount of class time that all Y classes have per week.

    a question about sociology, yay! you’re talking to someone who just completed their sociology major! (humble brag, but hey, it was a lot of work and i’m glad to be done)

    there really isn’t a way to find out how competitive a program is, (trust me, i even asked the registrar) but at least you know you’re above the minimum average needed and that you’ll be considered. it does say on the calendar that getting a combined average of 65% will not guarantee entrance into the program, but really, it varies every year depending on how the averages are skewed each year. maybe you’ll have a lot of overachievers this year which will bring the entrance standard up, who knows?

    anyways, i hope this helped a bit. i’m sorry that i wasn’t able to provide you with any concrete answers.

    i hope you have a wonderful summer and that all your exams went well!

    peace, love and hope,


  • biology,  life science,  sociology,  subject POST,  UTM

    majoring, minoring, and all that jazz

    Hi Aska, I’m a first year at UTM and am currently majoring in Sociology. I have a couple of questions hope you will be able to answer them, it would mean a lot! I was wondering how double majors work? When do I have to say that I am double majoring? Or do I have to? Also if I want to make my 2nd major Life Science do I have to have all the prerequisites from high school and the average?
    the whole major minor conundrum is this thing we call subject POst or program of study. there are three different options you can pursue:
    1) a specialist
    2) 1 major + 2 minors
    3) 2 majors
    when you’re applying for a subject POst, you should go to this link to see the complete listings of every subject POst available.
    let’s say you want to do a double major in sociology and biology (this is just an example)
    you’ll see that both sociology and biology are type 2 subject POSTs.
    type 2 means that you will need to submit a request via ACORN, make sure you have taken the required courses and also make sure you have met the GPA/ grade requirement. the first request period will be from march 14th to may 1st. mark it down so you won’t forget like i did in first year. i made these mistakes so you could learn from them, my young padawan.
    still confused? here’s a guide to understanding the different types of enrolment.
    unless it is otherwise indicated, most life science programs won’t require any high school prereqs unless you’re thinking of pursuing psychology, which requires grade 12 biology or calculus.
    a good idea is to check out the calendar to see exactly what you need to take for each program. you can do that here.
    the calendar will tell you everything you need to know!
    hope this cleared some stuff up for you. enjoy your first year and remember that your registrar is the best place to go if you have any questions regarding academics
  • sociology


    Hi there,

    Love your blog, you are a remarkably entertaining human, and if you are ever looking for anyone else to write for this blog I would be so very interested. Anyway, here’s my actual question:

    I noticed on the artsci course calendar under Sociology that you can only take 0.5 FCE at the 400-level in sociology if you are majoring in it, or only 1.0 FCE if you are a specialist. It says that you need written permission from the Undergraduate Program Director to take anymore than that. You may not have any knowledge of this, but if you happen to know, how would I receive this permission? (I’m assuming an e-mail would do it, but is it based on marks?) And if it isn’t common, if I’m specializing in sociology, what on Earth am I supposed to take fourth year if not fourth year sociology courses? They all look so interesting, I don’t want to take just one or two! Should I worry about making sure I have pre reqs for other fourth year courses in other subjects? I realize the answer to this most likely requires asking the department, but I wanted to know if you or someone else on the blog possibly had experience with this.

    Thank you!


    hey there,

    you are correct: you would have to e-mail the undergraduate administrator for special permission. however, I think that you’d need more significant reasoning to back up your question than just “I want to.” if they created that rule, it’s because lots and lots of people were trying to sign up for courses with very limited space. they won’t undo the rule for you just because you asked. i know that’s harsh. aska’s all about the tough lovin’.

    as someone whose department didn’t have a rule like that and who took a grand total of 3.0 400-level courses in her fourth year, i honestly don’t recommend it. 400-level courses are great because they tend to be much smaller (I’m talking 15-20 people), seminar-style courses. they tend to have fewer, bigger assignments that are worth more, which some people prefer over lots of smaller assignments. also, because of the small class-size, your input counts more. i’ve experienced professors making decisions about course readings, course schedule, etc. based on opinions of class members.

    that being said, the expectations are so much higher. with flexibility comes an expectation of independence that is far beyond what is expected of you in 100-, 200- and even 300-level courses. if you have a big assignment due in March for a 1.0-credit course, and nothing due before then, you will likely receive no guidance about that assignment, unless you seek it out. most 400-level courses i’ve taken are about amalgamating much of the knowledge you spent the last three years learning and doing new and creative things with it. they are very much preparation for grad school in that way.

    SO, with that hopefully balanced description of 400-level courses, i would like to suggest that spending your fourth year taking one 400-level course along with a bunch of 300-level, and maybe even one or two 100- or 200-level courses, is a perfectly fine way to go. lots of people do it. you will still be academically challenged by your classes. if there are a couple of courses you feel you absolutely MUST take for x or y reason, then yeah, you can totally talk with the undergraduate administrator about it. otherwise though, there’s no need to feel as if you’ve fallen behind.



    P.S. applications for askastudent are always advertised on the CLN! if you want a job, that’s where you should look. just a sneaky little tip from aska.

  • criminology,  sociology,  stats

    if statistics tests throw you a curveball with 98% frequency…

    Hey!! So I wrote to you earlier and here I am again 🙂 so a little back ground info before I ask my question. Three years ago I hit a really rough spot and failed three courses, because of this I was academically suspended for a year. My CGPA was at a 1.07… Yeah, it was bad. However, last year was my first year back and after this past semester I am at a 1.46 🙂 which is obviously really low ahahah but I’m just proud of myself for turning things around. I brought myself up and by the end of this semester I should be above a 1.50 🙂 anyways, for anyone out there who asks if you can bounce back after a suspension, yes you can!! So here’s why I’m telling you this, I’m going into crim (I’m not in it yet but I’m bringing up my grades so once I reach 2.0 hopefully by next year I’m applying!)… And I’m calculating all my credits right now and I’m currently at 5.0 credits. However what I’ve noticed for BOTH crim and sociology you have to take stats. Me, being the idiot that I am, decided to look up some notes for it on ONEclass (a site for notes) and I pretty much just freaked myself out :/ I worked so hard to try and get into crim and graduate with what I’ve always wanted to pursue and I’m scared that I won’t pass the stats course. I haven’t taken math since grade 11 :/ that was five years ago…. Do you have any advice?? Should I hold off before taking it and maybe wait till my other courses are finished and take it last?? I’m sorry if this seems weird considering I’m not even in the program yet haha but sociology courses is what I’ve mostly taken so I don’t really have a choice and I don’t want to major in anything else. Help! Thanks 🙂

    To add a little more info, I suffer from anxiety so this is the norm for me! I freak out over stuff. I guess because I’m not good at math at all I’m scared I’ll fail and my grades will drop resulting me in never graduating. Hopefully you don’t think I’m crazy. 🙂


    hey there,

    this is going to be such a let-down after i made you wait SO LONG for your answer (sorry about that – i wish you never have to deal with the kind of inbox aska’s tackling), but i feel like this is something you have to sort out for yourself.

    obviously, you’ve proven that you can improve and do well even after being suspended. you’ve gotten used to university, and worked on improving your study skills. you have a goal in mind. all of these things are good signs! if you are absolutely determined to do either or both of these POSts, then believe in yourself! you are gaining the skills you need to accomplish this stats course. you are – in colloquial parlance – killin’ it.

    some strategies to make it a bit easier on yourself might include taking the course in the summer (all by itself) so that you can focus on it fully, or take it in a semester with fewer credits than you would normally take. may i also recommend the Math and Statistics Aid Centre at new college, in case you need some help along the way.

    on the other hand, if you feel that this is too big of a task and will send your GPA (and motivation)back down the rabbit hole, then maybe you can consider some other POSts that are similar to soc and crim, but don’t require you to do any math. consider, for example, the ethics, society & law major.

    also, you can always test-drive the course by signing up for it, seeing how it goes, and, in the event that it’s too much, dropping it before the deadline to drop courses from your academic record.

    i hope that’s somewhat helpful. congrats on how well you’re doing so far!



  • sociology,  subject POST

    POSts sociable with sociology

    Hi! My question is regarding a sociology major. I’ll be starting my first year this fall at the St. George campus and don’t want to specialize in soc but am having trouble deciding on what to double in. I can’t double with psych because I did not take calculous (which is a prerequisite), and the St. George campus does not offer communications as a major. What would you recommend as a good major to double in with sociology? Ps, I’m horribal at math


    hey there,

    the good thing about uoft is that you have one year to figure out what your subject POSt will be, so if you don’t know right now, that’s kind of…like…the point.

    i mean, having a plan is great and all, but the reason first year is special is because you don’t need a plan. right now, you have the really rare opportunity to make a decision based entirely on your own, personal preferences. and you can use first year to figure out what those preferences are.

    other than just waiting the year out and seeing what happens, another great way to discover cool new POSts is by searching through the course calendar to see if anything is especially interesting to you. for example, while we don’t have a communications program, we do have a semiotics and communication minor you may be interested in?

    you also might wanna contact the Undergraduate Sociology Students’ Union. i know they’re more about organizing events and stuff, but maybe one of the staff will be an upper-year sociology student who’s willing to share their experiences with you and counsel you a little. (if someone from USSU is reading this and you guys really hate counselling younger students, i’m sorry. have a consoling cake).

    finally, an end goal can often clarify things. i don’t want you to feel under ANY PRESSURE to contort yourself academically in order to get on a certain career path, but if there’s a job you’re really interested in, taking courses related to that field can help you see if that career is right for you.



  • polisci,  sociology,  subject POST

    POSt rants: the SEQUEL

    need advice- don’t know if i should do a major in sociology or political science? i’m going into second year….what if i want to switch after if i don’t like the one i choose? will it add time to my program?


    hey there,

    well, political science and sociology are both type 2 subject POSts, so if you haven’t applied to get into them yet, you’ll have to wait until the second request period to apply. which puts you in the same situation as this person. just a head’s up.

    you do have the opportunity to change subject POSts after second year – to a certain extent. if it’s a type 1 POSt, you can enrol at any time. additionally, quite a few type 2 subject POSts (including politics, by the way) will allow you to apply after second year. uoft’s good that way.

    whether you’ll have to do a few extra courses in the summer, or even during an extra term, to fulfil the requirements for whichever POSt you finally choose, really depends on which one it is. what i would do is sketch out a plan of all your undergrad years (including all the courses you’d want to take) for every possible combination of subject POSts you’re considering. then you can figure out which ones are doable, and how long it would take to do them. alternatively, you can make an appointment with your college registrar and do more or less exactly that together.

    regardless of how adamant you are about taking sociology or poli sci, both of them are type 2 POSts, which means you’re not guaranteed enrolment yet. so, if i were you, i’d make sure i was enrolled in two type 1 majors already, just so that you have programs to fall back on if either poli. sci. or soc. don’t work out.

    finally: which one should you pick? geez, man, i don’t know. i don’t know what you like, or what you’re good at. do you have another major your heart is set on? because otherwise, you could just double-major in soc and poli sci. if it’s just a matter of not knowing what you really want, yesterday i wrote a HUGE block of text advising someone on how to pick subject POSts, so i’d recommend you read that if you’re really feeling torn.

    i know there are so many POSts it can sometimes make your head spin, but don’t worry, you’ll figure it out.