Sociology Department

Sociology Honours Class 2014
Sociology class of 2014

Discover The Sociology Department

The Department provides students with theoretical and methodological tools and substantive insights which can assist them in understanding social life, social organization, and action. Our programmes are designed to provide students with a broad intellectual and sociological background which will help prepare them for a variety of careers and for advanced study at graduate school. The small size of our programme and the dedication of our faculty, allow us to provide personal attention to students and extensive access to faculty. Having relatively few requirements (seven courses in the Major), we allow students substantial flexibility in meeting individual intellectual pursuits.

Why study Sociology at Bishop’s?

The subject matter of our courses ranges widely from theoretical to applied study and our professors employ diverse pedagogies to facilitate student learning. The department has particular expertise in five main areas:

  • Global Studies and Empire
  • Criminology, Law, and Social Policy
  • Media, Technology and Contemporary Studies
  • Gender, Diversity and Equity Studies
  • Family, Health and Community

Message from the Chair



People at BU
  • Alexander McKelvie '99

    McKelvie is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, one of the top-ranked universities in Entrepreneurship in the US. He earned his PhD in 2007 from Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. He has published widely in leading entrepreneurship and management journals on topics concerning new firm growth and innovation. In 2008, he received the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) best doctoral dissertation award within the field of Entrepreneurship as well as a 'Research Promise' Award from the Academy of Management.  Alex says, "BU was a huge factor in my development. I believe that BUs teaching philosophy on critical thinking and challenging the status quo really has helped me to ask more interesting research questions and bring in new approaches to understanding problems".