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Undergraduate Major Sociology (BA)

Make an Impact with a Sociology Major from SNHU

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.

See Yourself Succeed in Sociology

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:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success
  • Affordability. SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships. (This scholarship amount is only for students who do not need a visa to study in the U.S.)
  • Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H., named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

Internships & Outcomes

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:

  • A solid foundation in theoretical and applied sociology. Understanding the values of the profession and learning how to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically and apply theory in real community settings
  • Proficiency in research methods. Apply fundamental research methods in sociology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation
  • Ability to think critically. Understand how to use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and the scientific approach to address common problems
  • Information technology literacy. Use the latest technology to gather and evaluate data
  • Oral and written communication skills. Learn how to persuade, influence and educate key stakeholders through language
  • Sociocultural and international awareness. Recognize and understand the complexity of sociocultural and international differences and how they influence communities
  • Career planning and development skills. Discover how to present your sociology training to achieve your career or educational goals

Curriculum

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.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in sociology program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

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:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

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.

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Campus Undergraduate Costs

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.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.