Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior, social groups and society. It's a framework of analysis for understanding how groups form and function as communities and how social habits evolve and influence community development.
Southern New Hampshire University's sociology major emphasizes professional practices as well as academics, with a career orientation and experiential learning approach. Our Bachelor of Arts in Sociology provides the opportunity for first-person experience in analyzing and dealing with processes, problems and institutions of modern society.
Few undergraduate programs offer the cross-disciplinary options of SNHU's BA in Sociology. From geography to psychology to business, the sociology major draws on a number of fields to help you better understand common problems communities face today and develop strategies to address these challenges. In the process, this uniquely comprehensive program helps pave the way for diverse career choices.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in sociology at SNHU include:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment numbers for sociologists should remain consistent from 2014 to 2024. Most graduates work in research organizations, colleges and universities, state and local government, and consulting service firms. Careers span many fields, including business and planning and urban development. A sociology degree can also serve as a gateway major to exploring other areas of interest, including fields like law, social work, and education that require additional degrees.
Whether you move on to graduate school or begin or advance in a career, you'll leave the BA in Sociology program with a broad set of skills, including:
The SNHU sociology major focuses on what it takes to make a positive impact in your community. Coursework explores solutions for some of society's biggest problems and unveils sociology's role in history, politics, literature and numerous other disciplines.
This is a 120-credit-hour program. Courses are offered on campus in the fall and spring semesters. To earn your degree, you'll need to successfully complete core courses in our general education program, as well as foundational sociology courses combined with your choice of more specialized classes.
SNHU's bachelor's in sociology program includes:
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
Total Credits: 120
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as several other accrediting bodies.