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

  • Criminology
  • Family counseling
  • Guidance counseling
  • Law
  • Policy analysis
  • Public relations
  • Research
  • Social work
  • Teaching

Sociology Department
McConnell Hall
University of New Hampshire
15 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2500
Fax: (603) 862-3558
Email: sociology.department@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.

Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.

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 SOC courses20
Total Credits20

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