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Undergraduate Advising and Research
Parker House, HB 6201
Hanover, NH
Phone:  603.646.3690
Fax:  603.646.8190


Basic Structure of the Department

  • The department offers one Major in Sociology and three minors: a general Minor in Sociology; a Minor in Markets, Management, and the Economy; and a Minor in Social Inequalities.
  • Sociology studies social interaction, the impact of social structures on patterns of behavior, as well as processes of social change.
  • The Minor in Markets, Management, and the Economy focuses on the relationship between the economy and society.  It is often paired with an Economics or Government Major.
  • The Minor in Social Inequalities focuses on the relationship between social structures and behavior, and the causes and consequences of inequality.
  • SOCY 1 and 2 are the introductory-level courses appropriate to all students at all levels, and completion of one or the other is prerequisite to the major, minor, and many upper level courses in the department.  SOCY 10, 11, 15 and 16 are theory or method-based courses particularly appropriate for sophomore students who have taken an introductory-level course.  Courses numbered in the 20s and above are topics courses, some of which would be appropriate for the interested first-year student (but check prerequisites).

Courses for the Student with Little or No Background Who Wants to Explore Sociology

  • Students are best advised to begin with SOCY 1 (Introduction to Sociology), SOCY 2 (Social Problems), or SOCY 7 (first-year seminar).
  • Some topics courses are open to first-year students, including:
    • SOCY 21: Political Sociology
    • SOCY 22: Sociology of International Development
    • SOCY 23:  Social Movements
    • SOCY 25: Democracy and Democratization in Developing Countries
    • SOCY 26:  Capitalism, Prosperity and Crisis
    • SOCY 27: Organizations in Society
    • SOCY 28: Health Care and Health Care Policy
    • SOCY 30:  Deviance and Social Control
    • SOCY 31: Youth and Society
    • SOCY 32: The Social Meanings of Home
    • SOCY 33: Self and Society
    • SOCY 34: Health Disparities
    • SOCY 35:  Sociology of Mental Health
    • SOCY 45:  Inequality and Social Justice
    • SOCY 47: Race and Ethnicity in the US
    • SOCY 49.11: The Sociology of Family

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Last Updated: 9/6/13