Undergraduate Programmes: Sociology


Sociology is the scientific study of social life, changes in society and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. The program emphasises critical social analysis, research techniques and broad perspectives on how these may be applied especially in the Caribbean. 


Course Content

You will discover:
  • Skills useful for your future career.
  • How sociological perspectives and methods may be used in problem solving, social change and empowerment.
  • How to conduct rigorous basic and applied research that serves to explore solutions to priority national and regional problems and challenges.
How to elucidate important contemporary social issues and emerging global influences and to provide a sound basis for public policy formulation and decision making.



The following Political Science programmes are offered. Click on a programme to see its course list.


Joint Majors

Sociology and Law
Sociology and Political Science
Sociology and Psychology

Major / Minor

Sociology with Law
Sociology with History
Sociology with Psychology
Sociology with Political Science
Sociology with Gender and Development Studies
Sociology with Criminology
Sociology with Cultural Studies



30 courses approved by the Faculty of Social Sciences must be taken.
You will do courses in:
  • Caribbean Social Development.
  • Caribbean Social Planning.
  • Caribbean Social Problems.
  • Industrial Sociology.
  • Criminal Justice.  
  • Survey Design & Analysis.

Career Opportunities

If you want to:
  • Become a labor/public relations officer.
  • Become a social planner.
  • Work in the field of international development.
  • Work as a community organizer.
  • Work as a criminal investigator.
  • Work as a non-profit administrator.
  • Work as a consumer researcher/market analyst.
  • Practice insurance fraud investigation and prevention.
  • Practice as a youth program counselor.
Then this degree is for you!


Duration of Programme

Part Time – 5 years
Full Time – 3 years

Tuition and Finances

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available.
Click here for available scholarships.


Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies.

We welcome local, international and regional students.



Entry Requirements and How to Apply

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to view Entry Requirements and to Apply Now ».


What to Know Before Applying

There are no interviews before admission decisions are taken. Courses are taught Monday to Friday.  


Contact Details

If you have questions about our Sociology Programme, please e-mail. Dr. Joan Phillips:
joan.phillips@cavehill.uwi.edu or call 246-417-4284.


Department of Government Sociology, Social Work & Psychology
Telephone: (246) 417-4288/4293/4996 Fax: (246) 422-4425 E-mail: gss@cavehill.uwi.edu