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The sociology major at UNH prepares you to succeed in an increasingly diverse, global and technologically-driven world. It helps you understand the complexities of social behavior and how social forces shape and constrain people’s lives. The major promotes scientific inquiry, digital literacy and cultural awareness. It helps you hone creative thinking and written and verbal communication skills. Our majors learn how to conduct research, analyze data, and perform statistical analyses. These are skills that employers and graduate schools seek and that set our students apart. Our graduates learn how to lead organizations and solve complex problems both inside and outside the workplace. Sociology majors go on to successful careers in counseling and social services, healthcare, management, education, marketing, social science research, criminal justice, law and government.

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  • Sociology Major and M.A. | Research Fellow
    Following the completion of my master’s degree in sociology in 2021, I have been working as a research fellow at the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation.
    Sociology Major and M.A. | Research Fellow
    Following the completion of my master’s degree in sociology in 2021, I have been working as a research fellow at the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation.
  • Sociology M.A. and Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
    I am currently teaching undergraduate courses in the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. 
    Sociology M.A. and Ph.D. | Assistant Professor
    I am currently teaching undergraduate courses in the Criminal Justice Department at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. 
  • Sociology major and M.A. | Research Associate
    As a Research Associate at the Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) at UNH, I work on projects about child sex trafficking and online victimization of children.
    Sociology major and M.A. | Research Associate
    As a Research Associate at the Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) at UNH, I work on projects about child sex trafficking and online victimization of children.
  • Sociology Ph.D. | Postdoctoral Scholar/Assistant Professor
    I am currently a research postdoc. My work is entirely focused on expanding my research agenda through peer-reviewed publications and collaborations.
    Sociology Ph.D. | Postdoctoral Scholar/Assistant Professor
    I am currently a research postdoc. My work is entirely focused on expanding my research agenda through peer-reviewed publications and collaborations.
  • Sociology and Justice Studies Majors
    Laura Clancy wasn’t sure she wanted to attend UNH. The daughter and sister of former Wildcats, the Rhode Island native initially wanted to attend a larger school, perhaps farther away. But now, looking back on her UNH experience, she knows it was the right choice. “UNH has everything I wanted:...
    Sociology and Justice Studies Majors
    Laura Clancy wasn’t sure she wanted to attend UNH. The daughter and sister of former Wildcats, the Rhode Island native initially wanted to attend a larger school, perhaps farther away. But now, looking back on her UNH experience, she knows it was the right choice. “UNH has everything I wanted:...

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