Sociology (Minor)

Sociology (Minor)
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What is sociology?

Sociology is the study of society, or the way groups of people in a community, large or small, interact. This includes the ways in which a group or organization can affect individual decisions and behaviors, as well as the ways in which an individual can influence the group. In the sociology minor, you’ll study topics such as racism and gender inequality, communities and the environment, families, religion, drug addiction and mental health. Combine the minor with a major in the liberal arts, health and human services, or business to enhance your future career opportunities or graduate studies.

Why study sociology at UNH?

The sociology program at UNH will prepare you to succeed in an increasingly diverse, global and technologically driven world. The program promotes scientific inquiry, digital literacy and cultural awareness. It will help you hone your creative thinking and written and verbal communication skills. You’ll also have opportunities to work closely with faculty on their own research projects and through independent study. Perspectives, the student-run digital journal on sociology, publishes student work each spring. We’ll encourage you to expand your horizons through study abroad in one of the many UNH-approved programs, including the UNH Budapest program, which is run by UNH faculty and focuses on justice studies.

Potential career areas

  • Business or data analyst
  • Criminologist
  • Criminal investigator
  • District attorney
  • Family counselor
  • Guidance counselor
  • Lawyer
  • Market or survey researcher
  • Policy analyst
  • Public relations specialist
  • Social worker
  • Teacher

Curriculum & Requirements

Minoring in sociology provides a foundation in 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. Course topics include family and work; environmental sociology; social policy; inequalities of race, class and gender; criminology, social control and deviant behavior; medical sociology and mental health; and religion.

Undergraduate training in sociology is an excellent background for a variety of careers, including the business world, working in marketing and sales or human resources; government and nonprofit services, working in education, health services, social welfare or criminal justice; and research.  A minor in sociology is also excellent preparation for graduate work in law, social work, criminal justice, counseling, public administration, public health, business administration, urban planning and other fields.

A minor consists of any five 4-credit courses in sociology with a C- or better in each course and a grade-point average of 2.0 or better in these courses.

Select five elective courses from the following:20
SOC 400Introductory Sociology4
SOC 402Statistics4
SOC 444AHonors/Society in the Arctic4
SOC 450Contemporary Social Problems4
SOC 515Introductory Criminology4
SOC 520Family4
SOC 525Juvenile Crime and Delinquency4
SOC 530Race and Racism4
SOC 535Homicide4
SOC 565Environment and Society4
SOC 570Sexual Behavior4
SOC 595Independent Reading and Research2-8
SOC #597Special Topics4
SOC 599Sociological Analysis4
SOC 601Methods of Social Research4
SOC 611Sociological Theory4
SOC 620Drugs and Society4
SOC 625Mental Health and Society4
SOC 635WMedical Sociology4
SOC 645Class, Status and Power4
SOC 647Sociology of Work and Well-Being4
SOC 665Environmental Sociology4
SOC 693Global Change and Social Sustainability4
SOC 697Special Topics4
SOC 725Social Demography4
SOC 730Communities and the Environment4
SOC 740Sociology of Mental Health4
SOC #745Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality4
SOC #788Advanced Medical Sociology4
SOC 792Internship Independent Study2-8
SOC #797Special Topics4
SOC 799Senior Thesis4 or 8
SOC 799HSenior Honors Thesis4 or 8

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