University Catalog 2023-2024

Sociology (Minor)

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The sociology minor emphasizes sociological theory and research with substantive applications. The minor builds on theory and methodology and allows students flexibility in the choice of sub-disciplines such as criminology, stratification, demography, social psychology, race and ethnic relations, or the family. 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. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply. Declaring a minor early will help ensure you have access to courses that may restrict seats to departmental majors and minors. Should students wish to transfer a course from another institution toward the minor, they should consult Jenny Rasch, advisor for the minor.


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:  16SOM

Plan Requirements

The sociology minor consists of 16 hours (see required courses below).

  • 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 must be 400 level.
  • Students completing a minor in Sociology may not also complete a minor in Criminology.
  • Students completing a major in Criminology (B.A. or B.S.) may not minor in Sociology.
  • A maximum of one (1) course may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and/or requirements for additional minor(s).
Required Courses
SOC 202Principles of Sociology3
SOC 300Social Research Methods 1,24
Elective Courses
Select two SOC courses at the 300-level6
Select one SOC course at the 400-level3
Total Hours16

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.