Graduate Programs

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The Department of Sociology offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology. The master’s degree program emphasizes theory and methodology. Students in the doctoral program are expected to select one major area and one minor area from the areas of departmental specialization for intensive study and examination. There are five substantive areas for possible specialization: crime and conflict, sociology of the family, social stratification, health and illness, and community and environment. 

Proficiency in theory, methods (including statistics), and in the area of specialization, is determined by written examinations. Students may design, with the approval of advisors and the Graduate Committee, curricula suitable to their past experience and intellectual goals. In line with this flexibility, choice may include up to two courses from outside the Department. Selection of thesis and dissertation topics is limited only by the areas of expertise available among department faculty members.

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Top 25
The sociology Ph.D. program, for scholarly research activity
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Top 2%
Four UNH Sociology faculty named in top 2% of researchers worldwide
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UNH sociologist David Finkelhor in top 1% of highly cited researchers worldwide
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David Finkelhor


Sociology Professor David Finkelhor has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is best known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse. He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence, commercial sexual exploitation and internet victimization.

 

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Sociology Research


Parsing Fact from Fiction

A recent UNH survey looked at the public acceptance of conspiracy claims compared to statements based on scientific facts.
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US population growth at lowest rate in pandemic’s 1st year

UNH sociologist and demographer Ken Johnson comments on population decline.
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Transforming Students Into Climate Leaders

Three National Science Foundation grants provide international climate change research opportunities for students.
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Graduate Program Alumni Spotlights

  • Sociology Ph.D. | Project Director
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    Sociology Ph.D. | Project Director
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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.