Major Requirements

Major: Sociology

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Category C: Communication12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Category R: Quantitative Reasoning 3
Category S: Science and Technology 10
Category A: Humanities and Fine Arts 6
Category B: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Category W: Wellness 2
Category D: Cultural Diversity *†
Category G: Global Perspectives *†
Total Credits39

Courses for category D & G are satisfied by completing D & G designated courses in another general education category.

General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

Major Requirements

Sociology Core Requirements
ANTH 111Introduction to Anthropology *3
or ANTH 206 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology *3
or SOC 115 Social Problems
or SOC 116 Global Social Problems
SOC 214Social Interaction *3
SOC 298Professional Seminar1
SOC 340Social Research Methods *3
SOC 410Social Inequality *3
SOC 422Development Of Social Theory *3
SOC 470Social Data Analysis *3
SOC 494Individual Study *1
or SOC 496 Field Experience
Major Electives
Select an additional 12 credits from the electives listed below:12
Sociology of Organizations and Work
Cultural Diversity
Gender and Popular Culture
Sociology of Religion
Community Development
Deviant Behavior
Sociology of Gender
Sociology Through Literature
Sociology of the Family
Social Psychology
Feminist Theory and Discourse
Sociology of Culture
Sociology of Medicine
Environmental Sociology
Social Change
Sociology of Aging
Death and Dying
Total Credits35

A grade of 'C' or better is required in all of the Core Requirements for the major.

Minor Requirements

Minor: Sociology

Required Credits: 18

Core Courses
ANTH 111Introduction to Anthropology3
or ANTH 206 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology: Peoples of the World
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC 115 Social Problems
or SOC 116 Global Social Problems
Select two of the following:6
Social Interaction
Sociology of Organizations and Work
Social Research Methods
Social Inequality
Development Of Social Theory
Social Data Analysis (This course is going through approvals and should be officially listed soon. )
Minor Electives: Select any two SOC prefix courses at the 300-400 level6
Total Credits18

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Emergency Management majors who wish to complete this minor must complete 9 unique sociology credits (i.e. courses that were not completed for the major of EM).