Graduate Studies in Sociology and Anthropology

Our programme at the Mount provides you with a solid foundation in sociology and anthropology. Required courses in social theory, research methodologies and statistical analysis not only train you for a career in the public and private sector, but are vital to you should you decide you want to further your education by enrolling in a graduate degree programme.

Unlike your undergraduate studies which generally focus on a broad range of topics and areas, graduate studies in sociology and anthropology allow you to specialize and fine tune your interests.

Becoming a Teacher

According to several Professional Associations, there is increasing interest in sociology and anthropology as teachable subjects in secondary schools. Normally included under a broader umbrella of “Social Science”, many schools offer courses in Introductory Sociology/Anthropology, Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Sociology of Marriage and Family and Social Problems.

Although sociology and anthropology are considered teachable subjects in Nova Scotia, this is not the case in all areas. Please be sure to check with the jurisdictional authority where you are expecting to be credentialed.

Students who are interested in pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree in education after completing a major or honours degree in SOAN are strongly advised to speak with both the SOAN department chair and the Mount’s Faculty of Education.

Preparing for the Job Market

Interested in learning more about sociology and anthropology and its community? How about the job opportunities that await you with your degree in this ever changing field? Below are some Canadian, American and International sociological and anthropological associations, which help connect you to what is happening in the various communities. As well there are some websites to help show you what you can do with your degree in sociology and anthropology.

Career Links

MSVU Career Planning

General career planning information for Mount students

Careers for the 21st Century…and beyond!

PowerPoint presentation outlining potential career paths for SOAN students

MSVU Career Planning – Sociology & Anthropology (.PDF)

Transferable skills, outside resources, job title examples, associations specific to Sociology and Anthropology

CASCA Job Bank

Job openings via the Canadian Anthropology Society


Transferable skills, job options, career areas, case studies, contacts

Canada’s Higher Education & Career Guide

General information about Canadian universities and planning for careers

Association Links

International Sociological Association

A non-profit association for scientific purposes in the field of sociology and social sciences

Canadian Sociology Association

A non-profit association that promotes research, publication and teaching of Sociology, in particular in Canadian society, within a global context

Canadian Anthropology Society

Information useful to Canadian Anthropologists, including job postings, information about the association and events of interest

American Sociological Association

Information useful to American Anthropologists, including job postings, information about the association and events of interest

American Anthropology Society

A non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good

British Sociological Association

A network of communication to all who are concerned with the promotion and use of sociology and sociological research

Technology and Career Choices

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) released a study showing that Web-based job search and career planning tools can be effective in improving career choices of young post-secondary graduates. Find the report here!