At the level of graduate studies, the Department of Sociology includes among its research and teaching strengths the following areas: aging, gender, sexuality, health, political sociology/social movements, crime, family, environment, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, and social theory. Graduate studies in Sociology are designed to provide students with a solid grounding in research methods and theory as well as the ability to specialize in different areas of study. Further information is available at the department's website (see below).
The department participates in research centres that include the Institute in Aging & Lifelong Health (arguably the best unit of its kind in Canada), the Centre for Addiction Research of BC, the Centre for Youth and Society, the Transgender Archives, and in the innovative Interdisciplinary Program in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT, see below).
Graduate students are supported by fellowships and scholarships, teaching and research assistantships, and (for master’s students) work placements in UVic’s Co-operative Education Program, which is one of the largest in Canada. The Co-op option allows master’s students to gain valuable paid work experience while completing degree requirements.
The department strives to support its doctoral students with funding for at least three years. Students must make adequate progress to retain their initial level of funding over the course of their award. Generally, this means maintaining a GPA of 7 or higher. Sources for funds can include teaching and research assistantships, grants and fellowships from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, external grants and fellowships, and sessional teaching work for doctoral students after completion of all coursework and candidacy exams.