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Undergraduate Advising

Find and connect with your advisor to register for classes, explore opportunities and get your questions answered.

Undergraduate Advising

Advisors help you select courses that fulfill your degree requirements, satisfy your academic curiosity and start planning for your career. They also help you pursue experiences that enhance your education and resume: study abroad, internships, research and more.

Africana Studies
Haddy Njie

Anthropology
Stephanie Jares
919-515-3116

Arts Studies
Rodney Waschka
919-515-5464

Communication
Cynthia Zuckerman-Hyman
919-515-0947

Criminology
Stephanie Jares
919-515-3116

English
Jason Swarts
919-515-4112

Film Studies
Jason Swarts
919-515-4112

Foreign Languages and Literatures
Susan Navey-Davis
919-515-9288

History
Erin Seiling
919-513-2234

International Studies
Seth Murray
919-515-0450

Leadership in the Public Sector
LaShica Waters
919-513-4330

Philosophy and Religious Studies
Catherine Driscoll
919-513-7846

Political Science
ps_advising@ncsu.edu

Psychology
Advising Office
919-513-4855

Science, Technology and Society
Jason Delborne
919-515-0106

Self-Design
Alicia McGill
919-513-2212

Social Work
Anthony Bennett
919-515-0440

Sociology
Stephanie Jares
919-515-3116

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Natalie Bullock-Brown

Common Topics

NC State students who wish to change to or add a College of Humanities and Social Sciences major should consult the intra-campus transfer requirements and preferred qualifications.

Students may use the MyPack Portal “What If” feature to request temporary degree audits, which display how completed/in-progress courses will fit into a different major.

Please see University Intracampus Transfer Regulation for more information. Students may submit a Change of Degree Application (CODA) four times a year. Please visit the CODA website for application periods.

For students who are pursuing two separate degrees within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the following restrictions apply:

  1. No more than nine hours of overlapping coursework may be counted in the two majors’ departmental requirements. (There is no restriction on the amount of overlap that is allowed in general education program requirements, college requirements, or free electives.)
  2. A student may be awarded only one of the following degrees: B.A. in Sociology (16SOCBA), B.S. in Sociology (16SOCBS) or B.A. in Criminology (16CRIMBA).

University policy requires students to make steady progress toward completing the requirements of the degree program in which they are enrolled.

Failure to maintain compliance with the regulation will result in the student having to submit an appeal in order to continue at the university. Satisfactory Academic Progress is tracked with the Degree Audit located in MyPack. Please see University Progress Toward Undergraduate Degree Regulation for more information.

Helpful Hints

You must earn the equivalent of a C- grade to receive a grade of S (D+, D and D- grades are graded as U). The exceptions to this suggestion are the two 1-credit Health and Exercise Studies (HES) courses that students take for their degree. These may be credit-only and will satisfy the university’s general education requirement. Check with your academic advisor for potential department-specific exceptions. Changes to or from credit-only grading cannot be made after the drop/revision deadline.

Census day is the 10th day of classes in Fall and Spring; 3rd day of classes in Summer sessions).

Check your schedule to verify that you are not registered; otherwise, if your name is on the roll you will receive an “F”. This should be done before the last day to drop a class.

120 credits are required for graduation in all Humanities and Social Sciences curricula.

Do not assume you cannot take a restricted course.
If you are in doubt about a restriction, try adding the class to your schedule. MyPack will not let you add the class if you do not meet the criteria.

This could include a lecture with a specific lab/problem session. Make sure you register for both parts.

The course descriptions for each course (click on the course title to see the description) give the prerequisites that you must have completed before taking the course.

This includes Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge International A and AS Level credit, and transfer course credit. Additionally, some NC State courses are very similar to each other or include overlapping course material, and credit will only be awarded once. Pay close attention to course descriptions and registration information to ensure you do not register for a course that duplicates one you have already taken (or have AP, dual enrollment, or transfer credit for).

Oftentimes, students think they do one thing but end up doing something different.

Such a hold does not affect access to current courses; students can make changes to current courses (e.g. drop/add, pass/fail grading) within the add/drop periods with this hold present.

In addition to a Term Advisement Hold for the next semester, there are holds based on financial/payment issues, student conduct issues, or missing official paperwork (e.g., student health forms). Be sure to clear all your holds in a timely manner so that you may register at your scheduled time.

Face-to-face, hybrid or online asynchronous.

  1. Face-to-face courses meet on campus and are taught fully in-person.
  2. Hybrid courses deliver content both in-class and online. The online content may be delivered synchronously, with all students meeting online simultaneously, or asynchronously, with all students viewing the course material on their own schedule. Hybrid courses have section numbers 3XX (301, 302, etc). ENG 101 and ST 311 are examples of courses that often offer hybrid sections.
  3. Fully online courses may be synchronous or asynchronous. In online synchronous courses, all materials are delivered online and students are expected to participate in class meetings at specified times. These courses have section numbers 6XX (601, 602, etc.), will indicate “Distance Education – Online” as the location, and have specific days/times listed. In online asynchronous courses, all materials are delivered online and accessed on the student’s own schedule. These courses have section numbers 6XX (601, 602, etc), will indicate “Distance Education – Online” as the location, but list no specific meeting days/times. When selecting a course modality, consider your learning style and which format would best support your academic success. Online asynchronous content can provide valuable flexibility, but may also be a challenge for students without strong time management and prioritization skills. Keep Learning Remotely offers advice for success in online learning.

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College and GEP Requirements

B.A. and BSW Degrees

Academic Writing and Research4.0
History I (covers one GEP Humanities)3.0
History II3.0
Literature I3.0
Literature II3.0
Foreign Language 2013.0
Philosophy (covers one GEP Humanities)3.0
Arts and Letters3.0
Social Sciences (3 different) (6 hrs cover GEP Social Sciences)12.0
GEP Natural Sciences7.0
GEP Mathematical Sciences6.0
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2.0
GEP Additional Breadth3.0
Interdisciplinary Perspectives5.0
GEP U.S. Diversitycorequisite
GEP Global Knowledgecorequisite

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers courses in 13 non-English languages (course prefixes listed in parentheses):  Arabic (FLA), Chinese (FLC), French (FLF), German (FLG), Greek (GRK), Hindi-Urdu (FLN), Italian (FLI), Japanese (FLJ), Latin (LAT), Persian (PER), Portuguese (FLP), Russian (FLR) and Spanish (FLS).

All Humanities and Social Sciences B.A. degree programs require study of one foreign language through at least the first semester of the intermediate level (201-level course). For placement information, high school students should take the SAT II-Foreign Language Test in the foreign language they have studied in high school. Alternatively, students may take the Advanced Placement (AP) Foreign Language or Literature exam, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Foreign Language or Classical Language exam, or the NC State Foreign Language Placement Test for foreign language placement.

The NC State Foreign Language Placement Test is offered in Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish. Opportunity to take it is provided during New Student Orientation and at other times. Students may take the NC State Foreign Language Placement Test only one time in a given language.

Students who wish to complete the Humanities and Social Sciences foreign language requirement in a language they have not previously studied are not required to take a foreign language placement test.

Students for whom English is not their native language do not receive credit for lower division (100- and 200-level) courses in their native language. For these students, a 201-level foreign language course is not a graduation requirement; their foreign language requirement is replaced by a 3-credit free elective. Such students should complete a Native Fluency Waiver Form and will then hear back from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Students must enroll in foreign language at the level at which they are placed. Students who take a 101-level course in the language of their high school foreign language proficiency will not receive graduation credit for the course. 102- and 110-level language courses may count as free electives in all Humanities and Social Sciences curricula. Students who place into a 202-level or higher language course will have met the Humanities and Social Sciences foreign language requirement after taking the course into which they are placed. Such students are eligible to receive three hours of placement credit by enrolling in the course into which they are placed and earning a grade of C- or better on the first attempt.

More information on foreign language placement is at:  Foreign Language Placement Information Webpage.

MA 101 is a lower-level course that may not be used to meet the GEP Mathematics requirement, nor for graduation credit in any capacity. For BA and BSW degrees, MA 108 may not be used to meet the GEP Mathematics requirement, but it may be used as a free elective as long as the student does not also take MA 111. For BS degrees, MA 108 does not count toward graduation, even as a free elective.

Credit is not given for more than one of the following: MA 121, 131 or 141. Students will not be given credit for MA 111 if they have taken MA 107 or MA 108.

B.S. Degrees

Academic Writing and Research4.0
Literature 3.0
History (covers one GEP Humanities3.0
Philosophy (covers one GEP Humanities)3.0
Writing and Communication3.0
Arts and Letters3.0
Social Sciences (3 different) (6 hrs cover GEP Social Sciences)9.0
Basic Sciences (3 different) (7 hours cover GEP Natural Sciences)12.0
Science Electives4.0
Calculus3.0
Mathematics Electives (covers GEP Math)6.0
Advanced Science/Technology Requirement15.0

Note: A 15-hour concentration in one area of science, technology or mathematics, approved by the student’s advisor and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences assistant dean. A total GPA of 2.0 is mandatory in this requirement.

GEP Health and Exercise Studies2.0
GEP Additional Breadth3.0
Interdisciplinary Perspectives5.0
GEP U.S. Diversitycorequisite
GEP Global Knowledgecorequisite
Foreign Language Proficiencycorequisite

Residency and Graduation Requirements

The college offers 61 different undergraduate degree programs. Visit the university catalog to find complete lists of undergraduate curricula.

Concentrations: Communication Media; Interpersonal, Organizational, and Rhetorical Communication; Public Relations

Residency Requirements: Of the 39 required hours for the concentration and department requirements, no more than 12 hours of transfer credit may be applied to meet these 39 hours.

Graduation Requirements: D’s or S/U are not accepted in any COM courses used to satisfy any graduation requirement with the exception of the Internship course, COM 496 and Advanced Digital Video, COM 434. All courses used to satisfy Departmental requirements must be passed with a C- or better. Students must complete at least 12 hours of Communication Concentration courses at the 300/400 level, with a minimum of 6 hours at the 400-level. A 2.0 in the major is required. For Public Relations: Given that COM 496 is required for the concentration, and that COM 496 requires a 3.0 major GPA to be eligible for the course, Public Relations requires a 3.0 major GPA by senior year to be eligible for COM 496.

Majors: English (B.A.): Creative Writing; Film Studies; Linguistics; Literature (American, British and World); Rhetoric and Professional Writing; Teacher Education

Residency Requirements: See departmental advisor.

Graduation Requirements: D’s are not accepted in the major or in the courses that satisfy the professional education requirement for teacher licensure. A 2.0 GPA in the major is required.

Concentrations: Arabic Studies; Asian Language; Foreign Language Education: Chinese, French, German, and Spanish; French Studies; German Studies: General, International Economics, and Science and Technology; Spanish Language and Literature

Residency Requirements: See departmental advisor.

Graduation Requirements: For Foreign Language majors, a C or C- or higher is required, depending on the concentration, in courses that meet departmental requirements. A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation. For majors in the Foreign Language Education concentration, a grade of C or better is required in courses that satisfy the professional education requirements for teacher licensure (including those with ECI, ED, ELP, EDP course designations). Although the university requirement for graduation is 2.0, a cumulative 2.75 GPA is required for each gateway: admission to candidacy, admission to professional semester, and to apply for a teaching license.

Majors: History (B.A.); History (B.S.); History (B.A.) with Teacher Education Concentration, providing possible eligibility to a five-year combined program linking B.A. in History and Master of Arts in Teaching.

Residency Requirements: A minimum of 18 hours of history credit must be completed at NC State. Twelve (12) of the 18 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level (not counting HI 300) and must include at least one 491 seminar.

Graduation Requirements: D’s are not accepted in any course used to satisfy a major requirement. Students must have a major GPA of 2.0 to graduate; for admission into the accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching program, students in the Teacher Education Concentration must graduate with a 3.5 GPA.

Majors: Arts Studies (B.A.): Film Studies, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts concentrations; Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.): Africana Studies Concentration, Africana Studies Community Studies Concentration, Self-Design Concentration, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Concentration; Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.): Self-Design Concentration, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Concentration; International Studies (B.A.): Africa, East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Global Cultural Studies, Global Relations, Global Sustainability and Development, Latin America, and South Asia and Middle East concentrations; Science, Technology and Society (B.A. and B.S.)

Residency Requirements: A maximum of 15 hours of external transfer credit may be applied toward major and departmental requirements, but only 12 total hours of external transfer credit may be applied to the IDS Self-Design concentration courses.

Graduation Requirements: Courses meeting departmental requirements must receive a grade of C- or better. D’s are not accepted in the courses included in the major. The only exception allowing D’s is the statistics elective in Science, Technology and Society. International Studies majors must complete at least 6 credit hours in a study abroad program. A cumulative 2.0 GPA for courses meeting departmental major requirements is required for graduation.

Majors: Philosophy (B.A.): General; Ethics; Philosophy of Law; Philosophy (B.S.): General; Logic, Representation and Reasoning; Religious Studies (B.A.)

Residency Requirements: A minimum of 18 hours in the major must be completed at NC State.

Graduation Requirements: D’s are not accepted in the philosophy and religious studies courses taken to satisfy major requirements. A 2.0 GPA in the major is required.

Majors: Political Science (B.S.); Political Science (B.A.): General, American Politics, International Politics, Law and Justice, and Public Policy concentrations

Residency Requirements: A minimum of 18 credit hours of PS courses taken at NC State with a grade of C- or better.

Graduation Requirements: D’s are not accepted in the political science courses taken to satisfy major requirements. A 2.0 GPA is required in all major courses with a PS prefix.

Major: General Psychology

Residency Requirements: A minimum of 16.5 hours of psychology courses must be completed at NC State.

Graduation Requirements: Natural Science requirements, Psychology courses that count for the major requirements, and ENG 101 must be passed with a grade of C- or better. Students may count a maximum of 2 D’s in other courses used to satisfy graduation requirements.

Major: Social Work (BSW)

Residency Requirements: A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at NC State’s School of Social Work’s BSW program, including three practice courses (SW 320, SW 405, SW 408), field preparation (SW 480), field work and field seminar (SW 490 and SW 491).

Graduation Requirements: A grade of C- or better is required in all major courses and an S in SW 480.

Majors: General Anthropology; Criminology; Sociology (B.A. and B.S.)

Residency Requirements: A minimum of 15 hours in the major, including at least 9 at the 400-level or above, must be completed at NC State.

Graduation Requirements: A 2.0 GPA in all major courses is required.

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