Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Undergraduate Students

Message from Paul Johnson, Head of Department

We are delighted to welcome you to the Department of Sociology at the University of York. You are joining one of the top Sociology Departments in the UK with a very strong international research reputation too.

We are strongly committed to providing you with first class teaching and personal support during your time with us. We want to share our enthusiasm for Sociology, Social Psychology, Criminology and the wider Social Sciences with you so that you cultivate academic expertise and skills that will remain with you for the rest of your life. Our graduates take the skills, experiences and unique insights of York Sociology to forge highly successful careers all over the world.

You will find studying with us very different from the experience of school or college. We will expect you to become independent-minded so that you can think critically about society. We will want you to read very much more and in a more critical and reflexive manner and to take responsibility for your learning. For our part, we will guide you and give you resources to work with. We will support you, debate and discuss things with you. And we will do our best to make our courses enjoyable and challenging and to provide helpful and timely feedback on all the work you do.

Come to York ready to work hard, to get the most out of your studies and to achieve a very good degree result in preparation for the world of employment. Come along to take things seriously, but also be committed to enjoying your time at York in the process.

Professor Paul Johnson
Head of Department of Sociology
July 2017

Induction Week Programme

Links will be provided as items are completed.  However the University and International Student programmes are available via the links below:

Online Training

  • Things to do before you arrive

University Information

New Undergraduates- Welcome to York- This link leads you to a set of pages that has all the information you will need to help youi get to York and settle in before you start your studies.

This includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Post graduate community
  • Finances & budgeting
  • Arriving at York
  • Welcome & Orientation
  • Campus map
  • Studying at York
  • Health and Welfare
  • IT systems you will use
  • Careers

University Societies

  • Available from Nouse the University newspaper

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