Major Checklist

A major in Sociology leading to the B.A. degree consists of: 

  1. 120 total credit hours with overall GPA of at least 2.0 and Sociology GPA of at least 2.0.  
  2. A minimum of 32 semester hours of Sociology courses with a "C" or better.
  3. At least 3 hours designated writing intensive (W) course within the major.
  4. Students are required to have a Minor, Double Major, or Related Work of 18 hours.
  5. The Department of Sociology has a 3 attempt rule for all courses. Students may only attempt a course 3 times; including Drop, Withdraw, and grade replacements of "D" or "F."
  6. Sociology 1101 is a pre-/co-requisite for 3000/4000-level Sociology courses.
  7. Majors can use up to 6 credit hours (double dipping) of SOCY courses towards the completion of another major or minor.  

UPDATE Effective Fall 2016:

1. Sociology core courses will be restricted to Major and Minor students only.

2. A pre-req of Sociological Theory (SOCY 3153,3154, or 4153) will be required before students can enroll in Research Methods (SOCY 4155 & L).


Students can, if desired, complete a concentration in one of three substantive areas as part of the B.A. degree.  The three areas are:  Sociological Social Psychology; Social Problems and Policy; and Organizations, Occupations, and Work. 

Each concentration will require a total of four (4) courses, in which one is a required course for the specific concentration and the other three courses are selected from an approved list of electives for the specific concentration.  A grade of C or above must be earned in the required course and a GPA of 2.5 must be earned in the concentration.  These courses will not add to the total number of hours required for the major, but will count toward the elective hours already required for the major.

The Sociological Social Psychology Concentration will require SOCY 2161 as a prerequisite or corequisite with three (3) electives from the following:  SOCY 2112; SOCY 3261; SOCY 3267; SOCY 4150; SOCY 4263(W, 0); SOCY 4265 (W); and other courses with advisor approval.

The Social Problems and Policy Concentration will require SOCY 2171 as a prerequisite or corequisite with three (3) electives from the following:  SOCY 2100; SOCY 3143; SOCY 3173; SOCY 3250/3251(0); SOCY 4111; SOCY 4125; SOCY 4130; SOCY 4168; SOCY 4172/4173(W); SOCY 4480; and other courses with advisor approval.

Resource Videos & Manual:

 How to declare the Sociology Major

In an effort to help students make informed decisions on their major choice, all New Majors will be required to attend an orientation before a major change can be submitted.  

  • Students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 earned at UNCC before declaring a major or minor
  • Students should only sign up for one date with the online form
    • If you cannot attend, you must update your form or email the department 24 hours in advance at
  • Students should come with a major checklist filled out, or the advising referral document. (located above)

Link to Sociology Orientation Sign Up: 

Available Dates:

  • Monday, April 10, 2017, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The form will allow you to choose one available date. You will need to be signed-on and within your UNCC credentials.