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Bachelor of Arts

The Sociology program offers students knowledge and resources to search systematically for answers to questions about society. Sociology students develop a sociological imagination, which is the ability to grasp the close relationship between personal experiences and the larger social world. Our majors study social and cultural forces that shape individual and group behavior using a variety of scientific methods such as surveys, interviews, observation, and content analysis. By studying and critically assessing sociological theories, sociology students also describe, interpret, and explain how the world works.

Core courses provide excellent training in sociological concepts, theories, and methods. Electives focus on topics like the environment, popular culture, families, inequalities, race and ethnicity, crime and deviance, anthropology, and global society. Sociology majors may also engage in community research, service-learning projects, internships, and travel through coursework. Students with a bachelor's degree in sociology are well prepared for graduate and professional studies and careers using their interpersonal skills and specialized knowledge in the areas of education, social services, human rights, health and wellness, justice, advocacy, and research.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

40 credits

To receive a degree in Sociology, a student must earn a grade C or better in the following core courses: ISSOC 125, ISANTH 110 or ISANTH 111, SOC 301, SOC 303, and SOC 305. Courses may be retaken once to meet this requirement. If, after taking the course a second time, a student has not achieved the required grade, the student should meet with the student’s academic faculty advisor to discuss implications. If a student needs to take a course more than twice to progress in their major, the student must receive written permission from the department responsible for the major.

Core Requirements
24 credits

ISSOC 125 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 301 Sociological Research Methods
SOC 303 Sociological Quantitative Analysis
SOC 305 Sociological Theory

Select one of the following courses:

  • ISANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
  • ISANTH 111 Archeology and Physical Anthropology

Select one of the following:

  • ANTH 430 Ethnographic Research Methods
  • ANTH 478/CJS 478 Order, Chaos, Violence
  • CJS 461 White-Collar Crime
  • CJS 465 Terrorism
  • CJS 469 The Sociology of Punishment
  • CJS 471 Women and Crime
  • CJS 473 Race and Crime in the Media
  • CJS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies
  • HGS 427/SOC 427 Rwandan Society and Genocide
  • SOC 455 Special Populations and the CJS
  • SOC 470 State Crimes
  • SOC 475 Social Stratification
  • SOC 485 Science and Society
  • SOC 490 Advanced Special Topics in Sociology

Major Electives

16 credits

Twelve (12) major credits (SOC/ISSOC/ANTH/ISANTH/CJS) must be taken at the 300 level or higher. Eight (8) credits from ANTH/ISANTH or CJS may be used toward major electives. ISSOC 125 does not apply.

Students may not combine a Sociology major with Anthropology/Sociology as a second major/dual major. Sociology majors who wish to do more advanced study in Anthropology should add an Anthropology minor, or complete only the Anthropology/Sociology major.

Social Work Specialization

20 credits

Sociology majors may choose this specialization by completing their 16 credit elective credits plus one additional course (4 credits) in the following manner.

Core Courses

8 credits

SOC 234 Introduction to Social Work
ISSOC 310 Social Problems


12 credits

Choose any three of the following courses:

  • SOC 320 Women, Gender, and Society
  • SOC 328 Social Policy
  • SOC 345 Sociology of Families
  • ISSOC 357 Global Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 370 Homeless in NH & US
  • SOC 372 Law and Justice in Society
  • SOC 375 Sociology & Social Justice
  • ISSOC 386 Race, State, & Justice
  • SOC 475 Social Stratification

Courses for the specialization that also fulfill requirements for the sociology major are not counted twice for overall college credit.

Certification as a Social Studies Teacher

Sociology is an approved major for students seeking Secondary Social Studies Certification. Students will need to take the following additional certification requirements:

Major in Education

  • Secondary Education

Requirements for Certification

IHHIST 161 American Encounters to 1877
IHHIST 162 American Encounters from 1877
IHHIST 111 The Ancient and Medieval World
IHHIST 112 The Modern World
ISECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ISESNT 203 Globalization Culture & Place
ISPSYC 101 General Psychology

Select one of the following:

  • ISPOSC 210 United States Politics
  • ISPOSC 220 International Relations


Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

Honors Program

Motivated sociology students may participate in an advanced program of research culminating in graduation with Honors in Sociology. Students electing to participate in this program complete all requirements for the Sociology major plus 8 credits of SOC 499 Senior Honors Thesis during the two semesters of the senior year.

Admission to the Honors Program is based on:

  1. Self-nomination after completion of 80 credits with an overall and major GPA of 3.50 or above.
  2. Support of an Honors Committee consisting of a faculty sponsor and two other faculty members, one of whom may be from a department other than Sociology. The Honors Committee will interview the student prior to enrollment in SOC 499 and notify successful applicants of their admission prior to enrollment.
  3. Completion of, or enrollment in, at least five sociology courses, including SOC 301, SOC 303, and SOC 305. Final admission requires successful completion of those Sociology courses enrolled in at the time of application for admission to the Honors Program.

At the end of the senior year, each participant:

  1. Submits a final written report on the Honors work for approval by the student's Honors Committee.
  2. Presents the results of their work and responds to questions about the project and its relationship to the larger body of sociological knowledge, in a colloquium open to the public.
  3. The student's Honors Committee votes on whether or not to accept the Honors project.

Students successfully completing all facets of the Honors Program and having an overall and major GPA of 3.50 or above will graduate with Honors in Sociology.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level