Sociology

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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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Why Birthrates Among Hispanic Americans Have Plummeted (New York Times)

Why Birthrates Among Hispanic Americans Have Plummeted (New York Times)

The United States population grew by just 0.6 percent last year, the smallest increase in 80 years,...

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The Smile of the Child Int’l Conference Against Sexual Abuse of Children (The National Herald)

The Smile of the Child Int’l Conference Against Sexual Abuse of Children (The National Herald)

Sociologist David Finkelhor featured at international conference as world expert on child sex abuse...

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Top 100

The sociology graduate program
U.S. News and World Report

Top 30

The sociology Ph.D. program is ranked in the top 30 for scholarly research activity
Academic Analytics

*data for 2016, the latest available