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Sociology

“The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.” – Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, societies and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. Sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time – and is a rapidly expanding field with potential increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs.  

Degree Requirements

31 credit hours are required: 

  •  SOC 202
  • SOC 300, Theory
  • SOC 400 or 401
  • 12 credit hours of 400 level or above sociology courses (SOC 400 or 401 included)
  • Additionally electives at 200-level or above
  • ST 311 


Our Four-Year Plan: 

Freshman Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
ENG 101 Comp & Rhetoric4ST 311 Intro to Statistics3
FL 201 Foreign Language3History II3
Mathematics3SOC Elective (2xx/3xx)3
SOC 202 Principles of Sociology3Social Science3
History3Social Science3


Any 100-PE in Fitness/Wellness1
Sophomore Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
Literature3Philosophy3
Arts and Letters3SOC Elective3
Natural Science4Literature II3
SOC 300 Soc Research Methods4GEP Additional Breadth Req.3
HES xxx Health and Exercise Studies1SOC Elective (3xx/4xx)3
Junior Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
GEP Interdisc Perspective Req.3SOC Elective (3xx/4xx)3
SOC 400 or 4013SOC Elective (4xx)3
SOC Elective (3xx/4xx)3Social Science Elective3
Natural Science3GEP Interdisc Perspective Req. 2-3
Free Elective3Free Elective3


Free Elective1
Senior Year Curriculum
Fall Semester CoursesCreditsSpring Semester CoursesCredits
Social Science Elective3SOC Elective3
SOC Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
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 Sociology

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. 


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 required course work must be taken at NC State University. 3 of those 9 credits must be 400-level. 
  • Students completing a minor in Sociology may not also complete a minor in Criminology.


Required Courses:  

  • SOC 202, Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 300, Social Research Methods (4 credits)
  • Elective Courses (9 credits): 
    • 2 SOC 300-level courses (6 credits)
    • 1 SOC 400-level course (3 credits)


For more information on certification, contact Erin Seiling.



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