University Catalog 2023-2024

Criminology (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The criminology minor emphasizes criminological theory and research and is an introduction to the concept of deviance and related issues of criminal behavior. The minor is grounded in sociological theory and methods and allows students flexibility in the choice of specialized criminological study such as, juvenile delinquency, sociology of law, formal institutions of social control, community and crime, and data analysis in criminology. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Declaring a minor early will help ensure you have access to courses that may restrict seats to departmental majors and minors. Go to Add a Minor to apply. 


The minor should be declared as soon as the student makes the decision to pursue a minor. Minor coursework must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork to declare the minor can be found outside room 334B in the 1911 Building and should be completed no later than the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. Students should see the person listed below for certification of the minor.

Contact Person

Stephanie Jares
Sociology & Anthropology Departmental Office
1911 Building, Office 334B

SIS code:  16CLM

Plan Requirements

The Criminology minor consists of 16 hours. Any student seeking a minor must consult with a minor advisor on a plan of work, and must file a copy of this plan with the minor advisor at least one semester before graduation.

  • A 2.0 GPA is required in the minor course work.
  • No courses taken for S/U credit will count toward the minor.
  • A minimum of 9 hours required course work must be taken at NC State, 3 hours of which much be 400 level.
  • Students completing a minor in Criminology may not also complete a minor in Sociology.
  • Students completing a major in Sociology (B.A. or B.S.) may not minor in Criminology.
  • A maximum of ONE (1) course may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
Required Courses
SOC 202Principles of Sociology3
SOC 206Social Deviance3
SOC 306Criminology3
SOC 300Social Research Methods 1,24
Elective Courses
Select one of the following:3
Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 426Environmental Criminology3
Sociology of Law
Formal Institutions of Social Control
Quantitative Data Analysis in Sociology
Community and Crime
Violence, Terrorism, and Public Policy
Inequality, Ideology, and Social Justice
Total Hours19

If a student successfully completes PS 371 Research Methodology of Political Science or PSY 230 Introduction to Psychological Research with a ‘C-‘ or better, the SOC 300 Social Research Methods requirement will be waived, but three (3) additional hours of sociology are required at the 300 or 400 level. 


Note that SOC 300 Social Research Methods has a prerequisite or co-requisite, ST 311 Introduction to Statistics.