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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
    Hometown: Plymouth, Minn. What made you choose UNH? I play on the Women’s Ice Hockey team here at UNH, so recruitment was a big part of my choosing process. I stepped onto the UNH campus when I was 15, and it just felt like home. I knew I was going to spend my college years here. Durham is awesome...
    Sociology Major
    Hometown: Plymouth, Minn. What made you choose UNH? I play on the Women’s Ice Hockey team here at UNH, so recruitment was a big part of my choosing process. I stepped onto the UNH campus when I was 15, and it just felt like home. I knew I was going to spend my college years here. Durham is awesome...
  • Sociology Ph.D., Justice Studies M.A. | Social Scientist
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    Sociology Ph.D., Justice Studies M.A. | Social Scientist
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  • Sociology Ph.D. | Project Director
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    Sociology Ph.D. | Project Director
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  • Sociology and Justice Studies Majors
    Not every student arrives at COLA with a plan. Taylor Donnelly wasn’t sure she wanted to attend college; she decided to try UNH for a year, believing it would help her step outside her comfort zone and grow emotionally and academically. That self-motivation has helped make her stand out.
    Sociology and Justice Studies Majors
    Not every student arrives at COLA with a plan. Taylor Donnelly wasn’t sure she wanted to attend college; she decided to try UNH for a year, believing it would help her step outside her comfort zone and grow emotionally and academically. That self-motivation has helped make her stand out.
  • 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.

Top 100

The sociology graduate program
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The sociology Ph.D. program is ranked in the top 25 for scholarly research activity
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