Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Established in 1963 under the leadership of S.D. Clark, the Department offers courses to more than 5,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. We have three independent undergraduate programs, one at each of the three University of Toronto campuses (the downtown St. George campus, the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and the University of Toronto at Scarborough), and a unified Graduate Program. Based at the St. George campus, the graduate program involves faculty from all three campuses. This website provides information about the St. George Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.
Several prominent sociologists have taught at the University of Toronto since its early years, including Charles Tilly, Seymour Martin Lipset and Dennis Wrong. Another eminent sociologist, Erving Goffman, did his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Today, no Department has more graduates in tenured positions in Canadian research-intensive universities. Moreover, many of our graduates have had a significant impact in the public and private sector, including Lorna Marsden (former member of the Senate of Canada and President of Wilfrid Laurier and York Universities), Michael Adams and Donna Dasko (Environics pollsters), Alex Himelfarb (former Clerk of the Privy Council) and Daniel Hill (the first full-time director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and former Ontario Ombudsman).
In 2012, a committee of internationally renowned sociologists assessed the research profile of the department, concluding that it is the ‘best Sociology department in Canada' and ‘one of the best in the world.’ Consistent with this external review, the 2014 QS World University Ranking scores our Department as the world's 21st best sociology department.
12 September 2014
The past year was an exciting one for our Department. We celebrated our 50th anniversary, continued the process of faculty renewal, appointed a new SD Clark Chair, and raised enough donations to fund six scholarships.
This year we welcome four new permanent faculty members. Geoffrey Wodtke joins us at St George as an assistant professor after completing his PhD at the University of Michigan. Melissa Milkie joins the faculty at UTM as a full professor after many years at the University of Maryland. David Pettinicchio moves from a post-doc at Oxford to an assistant professorship at UTM. Finally, Randol Contreras also joins UTM as an assistant professor after having spent a few years at the California State University at Fullerton. The diverse competencies of these first-rate scholars will advance the Department’s stature and enliven our intellectual environment.
Our 50th anniversary celebration culminated in a banquet for members and friends of the Department. The banquet was a huge success in many ways. It was great fun for all those involved, allowing us to connect with many people we haven’t seen in a while and honouring those who helped us get to where we are today. It also boosted our fundraising campaign. The department has now raised more than $283,000 in the past two years, allowing us to create endowments for six new scholarships for outstanding students in financial need.
This summer we also appointed Bob Brym to the SD Clark Chair. SD Clark (1910-2003) was the first Chair of our Department, President of the Royal Society of Canada, and one of the most important figures in the formative years of Canadian sociology. The Chair was endowed by the Clark family in 1999 to honour their father. Bob Brym is an especially worthy recipient of this honour. He is recognized internationally as an authority on the sociology of intellectuals, social movements in Canada, Jews in the former Soviet Union, and political violence and intolerance in the Middle East and North Africa. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a winner of the Northrop Frye Award, the Outstanding Contribution Award of the Canadian Sociological Association, and the President’s Teaching Award. The author of six monographs and more than a hundred scholarly articles, his work has been translated into nine languages.
This year promises to be as busy and exciting as last year. The St. George campus continues its search for an assistant professorship in the area of social policy. UTM has two assistant professor searches, one in quantitative methods, the other in race and ethnicity. UTSC has already begun its search for an assistant professor in the area of race, ethnicity and migration. We have an exciting speaker series coming up in the winter and a fresh crop of bright graduate students to teach and learn from. By every indication, it will add up to another banner year.
Chair and Distinguished Professor of Social Science