Sociology Major (B.A.)

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Majoring in sociology provides a solid, multifaceted foundation in the liberal arts, including analytical thinking and writing, and skills in collecting and analyzing data. Students learn diverse theoretical approaches to the social world and acquire tools for conducting and understanding social science research. The wide range of substantive areas taught in the UNH Department of Sociology include courses concentrating on family and work; environmental sociology; social policy; inequalities of race, class, and gender; criminology, social control, and deviant behavior; medical sociology; and religion.

Undergraduate training in sociology is an excellent background for a variety of careers, including the business world, where majors might work in marketing and sales or human resources; government and nonprofit services, where majors might work in education, health services, social welfare, or criminal justice; and research. An undergraduate degree in sociology is also excellent preparation for graduate work in law, social work, criminal justice, counseling, public administration, public health, business administration, urban planning, or further studies in sociology.

To declare a major in sociology, students must have completed at least one introductory-level sociology course with a grade of C or better. New students who declare the major upon admission to UNH must enroll in SOC 400 Introductory Sociology during their first semester and earn a grade of C to maintain status in the program.

Conjoint minors (allowing double-counting of one or two courses) are available for justice studies; gerontology; American studies; race, culture, and power; women's studies; and other approved minors. Students also have the opportunity to pursue a second major, including justice studies. Students interested in social work or teaching can develop programs in conjunction with the appropriate departments. The departmental honors program is recommended for students with cumulative grade-point averages over 3.4, and especially for those anticipating graduate study.

Majors must complete a minimum of 40 semester credits in sociology courses with grades of C- or better in each course and a GPA of 2.0 or better in sociology courses.

SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
SOC 502Statistics4
SOC 599Sociological Analysis 14
SOC 601Methods of Social Research 24
Discovery Program Capstone Requirement:
SOC 611Sociological Theory 34
Select five additional major courses, at least two must be at the 600 or 700 level (upper-level electives)20
Total Credits40

SOC 599 Sociological Analysis must be completed no later than the junior year and is a prerequisite for majors taking 600- and 700-level courses.


Both SOC 502 Statistics and SOC 599 Sociological Analysis are prerequisites for SOC 601 Methods of Social Research


Complete SOC 611 Sociological Theory during senior year.

SOC 595 Independent Reading and Research can be used to fulfill one lower-level elective or SOC 699 Senior Thesis can be used to fulfill one upper-level elective. Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major. SOC 599 Sociological Analysis can be used to satisfy both a major requirement and the Inquiry Discovery requirement. (Statistics courses taken in other disciplines are generally not acceptable as a substitute for SOC 502 Statistics.)

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. B.A. candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Students interested in majoring in sociology should consult with the chair of the undergraduate committee in the sociology department for guidance. It is the responsibility of all sociology majors to obtain the latest information from the department office.

Sociology Language Requirement

The bachelor of arts degree at the University of New Hampshire requires that students satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement. The requirement may be met by demonstrating language proficiency equal to a one-year college-level course (401 and 402, 403 and 503, 501 [Latin only], or 503 and above in a spoken language). American Sign Language courses do not meet the foreign language requirement for sociology majors.

The Department of Sociology requires all students declaring the major after fall 2006 to choose from one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Exceptions to this list must be petitioned and approved by the Department of Sociology's Undergraduate Committee and a student's adviser.