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Undergraduate Contact Information

Undergraduate Studies Director: 
Dr. Ariel Ducey

Undergraduate Program Advisor:

Law and Society Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Ted McCoy

Sociology Students’ Association:

Gold Circle Alumni

Welcome to the Gold Circle- the special status group reserved for Sociology Alumni of the University of Calgary!

The first thing we would like you to do is to register as a member of the net community.  Here is the link to do that The Net Community is a communication program organized by the University of Calgary Alumni Association.  They keep the data base for all alumni of the University but it provides the Department with the information it needs should we want to contact you with special announcements or to send you an alumni newsletter.  *We urge you to keep your contact coordinates up-to-date to register these changes* as you relocate or change e-mail addresses by either logging in to Net Community, phoning 403-220-8500, or emailing <>. We do not want to lose contact with you just because you have graduated.

As you know, you can keep your university e-mail address and can also utilize a forwarding function with that address.

Second, we want to hear from you as your life unfolds.  Career changes are of specific interest to us but so are awards, unique experiences, further education, special challenges and goals, and your discovery of some of the ways you are using your sociological training.  Please email us at with any news you may have.

Third, we hope you view the Department website on a regular basis to see what is happening in the Department of Sociology and also click on the alumni tab for special news of interest to alumni. This is a good way to keep in touch.

Keep checking back here to see what is happening!!

Advice from Sociology Alumni

Below is a list of thoughts shared with us by last year’s Alumni about how they encountered the job world after graduation.  This is not meant to be exhaustive but merely some of their reflections which might be useful to all our Alumni.  Many thanks to all those who contributed to this list.


  1. Learning how to take notes in class has been very useful to me in taking notes at meetings at work.  Group work in classes has also been a good preparation for group projects at work.
  2. There are many jobs that do not directly involve your sociology training- at least at the beginning.  Undergraduate degrees give you a broad background and knowledge base and teach you how to think but that does not mean it is a pipeline to jobs.  The Co-op program is a good way to build your resume.
  3. Learning how to market yourself can be difficult.  Alumni should identify fields of interest and organizations in which they would like to work and then try to become knowledgeable about those fields.  Networking is the key and volunteering or job shadowing is also important.
  4. Take whatever job you can get at first within reason.  Temporary jobs often turn into contract work or ultimately permanent work.  Don’t expect to have it all right away.
  5. Sociology is increasingly relevant to public health issues and there are jobs there but you have to market yourself and know what you have to contribute or convince them that you are a quick learner.
  6. Going on to graduate school in some applied field or entering a program with a strong applied side after graduating can be useful.  The combination of a degree and some specialized training- even if it is only a certificate- can open doors.  The applied skills are important to landing the job but the degree opens the possibilities for upward mobility.