Criminology (16CLM)


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.


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 (13 credit hours)

  • 16 hours of the following sociology courses:SOC 202 Principles of Sociology (3 cr)
    • SOC 206 Social Deviance (3 cr)
    • SOC 306 Criminology (3 cr)
    • SOC 300 Social Research Methods* (4 cr)
  • One 400 level elective course as listed below** (3 cr)

*If a student successfully completes PS371 or PSY240/241 with a ‘C-‘ or better, the SOC300 requirement will be waived, but three (3) additional hours of sociology are required at the 300 or 400 level. PSY 230 can not be used as a substitute for SOC 300.

Note that SOC300 has a prerequisite or co-requisite, ST311 – Introduction to Statistics.

Elective Courses (3 credit hours)

**Elective course. Students must choose 1 course (3 hours) from the following list:

  • SOC 425 Juvenille Delinquency
  • SOC 427 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 428 Formal Institutions of Social Control
  • SOC 429 Data Analysis in Criminology
  • SOC 430 Community and Crime
  • SOC (PS) 432 Violence, Terrorism, and Public Policy
  • SOC 445 Inequality, Ideology, and Social Justice


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Students may declare their intention to complete the minor by submitting the Declare a Minor form to the minor advisor. 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 Stephanie Jares, 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

Sociology & Anthropology Departmental Office
Stephanie Jares
1911 Building, Office 334B
SIS code:  16CLM