Welcome to the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Established in 1963 under the leadership of S.D. Clark, the Department offers courses to more than 5,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. We have three independent undergraduate programs, one at each of the three University of Toronto campuses (the downtown St. George campus, the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and the University of Toronto at Scarborough), and a unified Graduate Program. Based at the St. George campus, the graduate program involves faculty from all three campuses. This website provides information about the St. George Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.

Several prominent sociologists have taught at the University of Toronto since its early years, including Charles Tilly, Seymour Martin Lipset and Dennis Wrong. Another eminent sociologist, Erving Goffman, did his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Today, no Department has more graduates in tenured positions in Canadian research-intensive universities. Moreover, many of our graduates have had a significant impact in the public and private sector, including Lorna Marsden (former member of the Senate of Canada and President of Wilfrid Laurier and York Universities), Michael Adams and Donna Dasko (Environics pollsters), Alex Himelfarb (former Clerk of the Privy Council) and Daniel Hill (the first full-time director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and former Ontario Ombudsman).

In 2012, a committee of internationally renowned sociologists assessed the research profile of the department, concluding that it is the ‘best Sociology department in Canada' and ‘one of the best in the world.’ Consistent with this external review, the 2015 QS World University Ranking scores our Department as the world's 18th best sociology department.

S.D. Clark Symposium on the Future of Canadian Society
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Income Inequality and the Future of Canadian Society

Friday, October 30, 2015

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

East Common Room, Hart House 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto


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  • 9:30 am Refreshments
  • 10:00 am Opening Remarks by Robert Brym, S.D. Clark Chair of Sociology, U of T
  • 10:15 – 12 noon TAX POLICY
  • Robert Andersen Dean of Social Science, Western University "Can Canada learn from Europe? Policies to promote low market income inequality and high prosperity"
  • Lars Osberg McCulloch Professor of Economics, Dalhousie University "How much can income tax on the top 1% be raised?"
  • John Myles Professor Emeritus, Sociology, U of T, Discussant
  • 1:30 – 3:30 pm GENDER POLICY
  • Ito Peng Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, U of T "How welfare state policy can contribute to gender equality: a comparative perspective"
  • Gordon Cleveland Senior Lecturer, Management, U of T Scarborough "The role of early childhood education and care in an equality agenda"
  • Emily Laxer PhD candidate, Sociology, U of T, Discussant


The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce the establishment of six scholarships for new students entering our Graduate Program. Contributions to these scholarships are very much appreciated. Please make your donations at: https://donate.utoronto.ca/give/show/63.

Faculty Legacy Scholarship Fund

Approximately 163 faculty members have served in the Department of Sociology from 1963-64 to 2012-13. They demonstrated academic excellence, achieved international recognition, and dedicated their energy to the highest standards of teaching and mentorship. This scholarship honors their important contributions.

S.D. Clark Scholarship

S.D. Clark helped establish the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, becoming its first Chair in 1963. He was a historical sociologist who made important contributions to the study of Canadian society, particularly in the study of social movements and the relationship between economic development and the development of churches and sects.

Ann Marie Sorenson Scholarship

Until her untimely death in 2013, Ann Sorenson was a dedicated teacher and administrator in the Department of Sociology for more than 25 years. She served two terms as Associate Chair, Undergraduate and was widely admired for her teaching of statistics and research methods.

Raymond Breton Scholarship

Raymond Breton, a long-time faculty member in the Department of Sociology, is Canada’s leading student of ethnic diversity. He has contributed substantially to academic research and pressing public policy debates on French-English relations, immigrant communities, race relations, aboriginal peoples, and bilingualism.

The Dennis Magill Canada Research Award

In honour of Professor Dennis Magill and his many contributions to the Department of Sociology, this annual award will support the best PhD dissertation or paper with a focus on Canadian society published or accepted for publication in a refereed journal by a PhD student in the Department.

The Robert Brym and Rhonda Lenton Scholarship

This scholarship will be presented annually, based on financial need and academic excellence, to a part-time undergraduate student majoring or specializing in sociology who is entering his or her third year of study.