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

  • Course Fact File
  • Course Code SG248
  • Duration 3
  • Points Required N/A*
  • NFQ Level 8

Course Summary

The course lets you examine our society, its structure, its organisations, and ask questions around the complexities of this social world. Dividing your time between sociology and politics, you develop an in-depth understanding of the social forces that create and sustain the political and social world and the inequity that exists within these structures.

Both subjects are exciting, thought-provoking and challenging to us as individuals and members of the wider society.

Dr John Pender of IT Sligo at the launch of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO 2020 courses at ITSligo are available for download below:

Indicative points of 300 required in addition to meeting the minimum entry requirements outlined below:

Leaving Certificate: a minimum of 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades including English/Irish at O6/H7 and Maths at F2/O6/H7.

QQI FE: Any Major award with a minimum of 3 Distinctions and a pass in C20139, 5N1833, C20174, C20175 or LCE Maths.

Other School Leaving Certificate Examinations: Candidates holding alternative examinations such as A Levels or other international qualifications should contact the admissions office at

Mature students: A number of places are reserved for mature candidates who must be 23 years or over in the year of application. For further information contact the admissions office at

Career Opportunities

Because of the transferable skills that such a programme supports graduates are expected to pursue a wide range of careers in

  • Advocacy roles
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Public sector jobs
  • Community development
  • Social policy
  • National and local government
  • Teaching, following additional post-graduate study.

In addition, those with arts degree skills continue to find employment within the Business and Technology sectors where grandaunts’ interdisciplinary levels of knowledge and skills are consistently sought after.

Further Study

On successful completion of this programme, graduates may apply to the taught L9 MA in Social Care and Social Justice in IT Sligo based on holding a minimum H2.2 and successful completion of a designated selection process. 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 the student body to apply to undertake a level 9 programme to become second level teachers.

It is expected that a large number of graduates will apply to progress to the Masters in Education, Masters in Social Justice, Masters in Politics, Masters in Equality Studies.