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Criminology

Understand human behavior within a social context. Think critically about the causation, correction and prevention of crime. 

What is Criminology?

Criminology is the scientific study of crime from a social and individual perspective that encourages students to think critically about the causation, correction and prevention of crime. Our B.A. in Criminology seeks to develop a professional orientation that will be relevant both to occupational goals and participation as a citizen in community affairs. 

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Degree Requirements

Courses in both political science and sociology are included in a 25-hour block that provides a general background in crime causation and agencies of criminal justice, plus the opportunity to select from more specific courses dealing with deviance, juvenile delinquency, the court system and correctional facilities.

Our Four-Year Plan

Freshman Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
ENG 101 Acad. Writing and Research3History II3
FL 201 Foreign Language4ST 311 Intro to Statistics3
SOC 202 Principles of Sociology3Natural Science3
History I 3Social Science (PS 201)3
Mathematics3Social Science Elective3


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Sophomore Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
SOC 300 Soc. Research Methods4Sociological Theory (400 or 401)3
Sociology Elective (2xx or 3xx)3Sociology Elective (3xx or 4xx)3
Literature I3Literature II3
Natural Science 4Social Science (SOC 306)3
HES xxx Course1GEP Addtl Breadth Req.3
Junior Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
SOC Criminology Elective (SOC 4xx)3SOC Elective (3xx/4xx)3
Social Science3SOC Elective (3xx/4xx)3
GEP Interdiscip. Perspectives Req.3GEP Interdiscip. Perspectives Req.2-3
Free Elective3Free Elective 3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Senior Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
SOC Criminology Elective (SOC 4xx)3PS Criminology Elective3
Arts and Letters3SOC Criminology Elective (SOC 4xx)3
Philosophy3SOC 413 Criminal Justice Field Work4
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3


more on curriculum requirements

Change of Degree Application (CODA)

There are requirements and preferred qualifications to transfer (as a current NC State Student) into a specific College of Humanities and Social Sciences major. 

Learn more about CODA requirements

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Minor in Criminology

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.

Requirements: 16 total hours

  • Any student seeking a minor must consult with a minor adviser on a plan of work, and must file a copy of this plan with the minor adviser 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 of required course work must be taken at NC State University.  3 of those 9 credits must be 400-level.
  • Students completing a minor in Criminology may not also complete a minor in Sociology.


Required Courses: 

  • SOC 202, Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 206, Social Deviance (3 credits)
  • SOC 306, Criminology (3 credits)
  • SOC 300, Social Research Methods (4 credits)
  • One 400-level elective course. (3 credits) Options Include: 
    • SOC 425, Juvenile 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


For more information on certification, contact Erin Seiling.


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