Sociology (16SOM)


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.


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 minor requirements.

Required Courses (7 credit hours)

2 courses are required:

  • SOC 202 Principles of Sociology (3 cr)
  • SOC 300 Social Research Methods* (4 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 (9 credit hours)

  • 2 – SOC 300 Level Course (6 cr)
  • 1 – SOC 400 Level Course (3 cr)


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. Delcaring 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:  16SOM