Below is a list of common questions asked of our faculty and staff.
We encourage you to contact us if you require more information or if you have a question that is not answered below.
Careers & Graduate School
What does the prerequisite of “SOAN 1502 and 1503” actually mean?
SOAN 1502 and 1503 (Introduction to Culture and Society I & II) are our core introductory courses and are designed to give students a solid foundation in the essential concepts and practice of social research and the allied disciplines of sociology and anthropology. These courses are prerequisites for all the other courses offered in the SOAN program, so in order to register for these other courses students need to complete 1502 and 1503 first.
Students are not required to complete SOAN 1502 before entering SOAN 1503. You can complete them in either order, or concurrently.
For a wide variety of reasons, you may find that you need to enroll in one of our courses without the prerequisite. To do this, you need to fill out a course change form, have the instructor of your desired course (or the department chair) sign the form, and drop it off to the department’s administrative assistant for processing. It is always a good idea to discuss the expectations of the course with the instructor before enrolling without the prerequisite.
Directed studies (SOAN 4593 & 4594) are courses that allow students to work with a faculty member on an individual basis, researching a topic of interest. If you have ideas on an area you would like more in-depth study, your next step is to discuss your ideas with your professor and develop a study plan. Please note that you cannot complete more than 4.0 units of directed/independent study towards your degree, and no more than 2.0 units in SOAN directed/independent study.
Each year the department endeavours to offer as many of our courses as we can. That said, we do not have the available faculty to offer everything in the calendar every year. Whenever possible we try to offer each of our courses on a rotational basis every two years.
Academic advising helps to develop a “road map” for your studies, both current and future. The Mount offers hundreds of courses each year, and it can be difficult to figure out on your own all of the different options you have. Our faculty members can review the program requirements with you and give you clear guidance on which courses you need to take to complete your major, combined major, or minor.
Students who are completing an honours degree, major, combined major or minor in SOAN are encouraged to seek advising from a faculty advisor at least once a year. You can arrange an advising appointment by contacting the Department Chair, Dr. Alex Khasnabish.
If you are completing a concentration in SOAN as part of a BA or BSc (General Studies) program, please contact the Dean’s Office for an advising appointment.
Information on the honours program can be found on the Honours Gateway.
Joining the SOAN Student Society is a great way to meet other SOAN students and get involved with the various events we hold during the year (i.e. career night, end of term potluck, graduating student luncheon). Best of all, it’s free to join!
From time to time faculty members in our department will be looking for students to assist with research. It is therefore very important to inform your professors that you are looking for research-related work; these research assistant positions are rarely advertised.
The SOAN department does not offer an internship program. That said, we do hire student research assistants from time to time; speak with your professors for more details.
Our graduates can go on to complete gradute studies in a wide variety of areas; too many to list here! For information on what to look for when considering grad school, click here.
Becoming a social worker requires continued education in an accredited social work program; a background in SOAN can help you with these continued studies. But why stop therre? Our program can help you develop many skills critical to you success in a helping profession. For more information, click here.
Both Sociology and Anthropology are considered teachable subjects under the Nova Scotia Teacher Certification program.
If you require letters of recommendation for graduate school and employment applications, you are encouraged to contact members of the department who would be able to speak to your abilities and attitude. It is best to request recommendations from professors who have taught you recently and/or multiple times. More information can be found here.
It is very important that you ask your professors for recommendation letters well in advance of due dates; not only does it take a considerable amount of time to write a proper recommendation letter, but our faculty members may receive multiple requests for letters, often with similar due dates.