Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities Joint Major: Sociology and Politics

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 298*
  • Course Code SG248
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

Sociology focuses on understanding and analysing how human societies work. It studies everyday social practices, as well as discussing questions around economic inequality, power, gender and race, for example.

Politics looks more at the decision-making process that groups or organisations make. These don’t necessarily have to be governmental – politics can be found in most interactions from schools to businesses and religious institutions.


Taking a combination of Sociology and Politics, this programme gives the students an insight into how social and political forces affect our everyday lives and what we can do to effect change. By equipping students with an in-depth knowledge of society and politics on a national and global scale, we encourage them to look beyond face-value assumptions and start questioning what is perceived as common sense in our world. 

By examining policy-making, government and community development, gender relations, religion and migration, students gain adaptable skills in critical thinking, writing and researching, allowing them to explore a rich and diverse range of employment opportunities.


Modules in sociology, politics and research and writing skills are introduced. Students also get to choose from a range of elective modules. 


Students study specific areas of both politics and sociology such as Contemporary Sociology, Gender, Sexuality and Race, European Politics, Political Theory, Political and Civic Engagement and Active Citizenship. Students will also take on work placement in this year. 


The final year sees students hone in on their specialised areas of interest, completing a research project  on a political or sociological topic of their choice. 

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

There is a wide variety of careers to choose from including a representative for vulnerable people in society, public sector jobs (teaching, administration, etc) social policy, teaching, community development and international and national governmental work.

This programme has reached the Teaching Council Registration Curricular Subject Requirements to apply to undertake the Professional Master of Education programme to become a post-primary teacher in Civic, Social & Political Education (CSPE) and the Leaving Certificate subject Politics and Society.

Graduates have numerous options for further study also.

Further Study

On successful completion of this programme, graduates may apply to the taught MA in Social Care and Social Justice in ATU Sligo. Candidates also have the option to proceed to an L9 Masters by Research.

The Joint Majors emphasis on the Teaching Council of Ireland’s registration requirements for Civic, Social & Political Education (CSPE) subject delivery, ensures that the degree supports students to apply to undertake a Professional Masters of Education (PME) to become second level teachers.

A large number of graduates will apply to progress to the Professional Masters of Education, Masters in Social Justice, Masters in Politics and Masters in Equality Studies.


Leonie McDonagh, from Galway, explains why she chose to study Sociology & Politics.

Lude Rozema tells us about studying the BA in Humanities Joint Major: Sociology & Politics as an Erasmus student.

Did you know?

Leaving Certificate Mathematics is not an entry requirement for this course.

One module in the final year  will be delivered online, allowing the student more flexibility in their study.

This programme includes a work placement. In the past students have gone to a variety of destinations, including to the European Parliament in Brussels.

Each year we welcome a number of students from countries all over the world. This diversity opens up wonderful debate and opinions on a variety of social and political topics.

The skills students gain on this programme are highly sought after by employers. Head of Department of Social Science, Dr. Breda Mc Taggart, explains this is more detail below.


Seamus Bannon talks about his experience of returning to college to study Sociology and Politics. Seamus is now working in Chicago, USA.