Academic Programs

Majors

A wide variety of majors are available at NC State. Take a look at suggested plans of study.

Minors

A wide variety of minors are available at NC State. Take a look to see a list of all university minors as well as their admission and course requirements, and see below for those offered through University College.

The Arts Entrepreneurship minor offered through the Department of Music helps students plan and execute emerging arts businesses. Based on the concepts of both intellectual and experiential readiness, the minor helps emerging arts entrepreneurs use a broad knowledge base to create successful arts ventures. Utilizing innovative classroom experiences, a focus on informed decision-making, and a cutting-edge curriculum, the program provides the most comprehensive study of arts entrepreneurship in the country.

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour Coaching Education minor designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue careers in coaching team or individual sports and for students that may become involved in coaching athletic teams on a volunteer or supplemental basis. Students obtaining a minor in coaching education develop a foundation of essential coaching skills in a variety of sports areas and knowledge in related topics such as athletic training, sports management, and sports science. Students will also apply their knowledge and skills in a coaching practicum.

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour Dance minor that is designed for students who wish to delve deeper into dance studies in an intellectual, creative, and practical capacity to propel them forward in career, service, and artistry. The coursework is balanced between theory courses, creative inquiry, and technical proficiency. The student has the opportunity to select the specific courses which best fulfill their needs while maintaining an overall balance. A student in the dance minor may be preparing for graduate study or for work as a performer, choreographer, educator, or dance therapist. The dance minor also enhances students’ studies as they prepare for careers and service as arts entrepreneurs or administrators, physical therapists, physicians, or in disciplines such as Africana studies, design, film, and engineering.

The Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making minor is a 15 credit hour minor that is designed for students who seek to gain greater knowledge and understanding of leadership and team decision-making from a European global perspective in a cohort format. The coursework is composed of courses grounded in theory, inquiry, and application. Students will participate in a cohort of 12-15 for a semester abroad in the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, and Germany. The student will be required to take SLC 250: Critical and Creative Decision-Making either prior to or following the study abroad experience to complete the 15-hr requirement (prior to departure preferred). Students in the minor may be preparing for graduate work or any field of study within the university.

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour Health minor that is designed for undergraduate students wishing to pursue careers in health-related professions and for students wishing to gain in-depth knowledge in various contemporary health-related topics for their own personal development. The minor provides students with theories, concepts, and practical skills concerning health behavior and includes a practicum to apply theory to practice.

The Leadership: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives minor is a 15 credit hour minor that is designed for students who seek to gain greater knowledge and understanding of leadership perspectives from a variety of academic fields of study. The coursework is composed of courses grounded in theory, inquiry, and application. Students have the opportunity to select the specific courses which best fulfill their needs while maintaining a broad perspective on leadership across fields of study. Students in the minor may be preparing for graduate work or any field of study within the university.

The Department of Aerospace Studies and the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) offer a minor in Military Studies: Aerospace Studies. The Aerospace Studies curriculum, taught in Aerospace (AS) classes and Leadership Laboratory, stresses four main areas: leadership and management, professional knowledge, defense studies, and communication skills. The program offers opportunities for young men and women to develop into responsible adults and develop vital skills applicable after graduation and beyond.

The Department of Military Science (MS) offers a minor in Military Studies: Military Science to any undergraduate degree student interested in learning about military skills and careers. Students will develop the mental, moral, and physical skills needed to make them capable of being stronger leaders. The desire to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government will be instilled. Students will also be instilled the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to commission college graduates as officers with a basic professional background and motivation toward careers in the military.

The Department of Naval Science (NS) offers a minor in Military Studies: Naval Science to any undergraduate degree student interested in learning about military skills and careers. Students will develop the mental, moral, and physical skills needed to make them capable of being stronger leaders. The desire to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government will be instilled. Students will also be instilled the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to commission college graduates as officers with a basic professional background and motivation toward careers in the military.

The Music minor is designed to foster creative thought, aesthetic understanding, and artistic self-expression. Students may choose one of four emphases: History, Liberal Arts, Composition, and Performance. Core courses include music theory, aural skills, class piano and a survey of music in Western Civilization.

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour minor in Outdoor Leadership that is designed for undergraduate students desiring to pursue careers as outdoor leaders of adventure-based programs or for those who wish to enhance their personal development and enjoyment. Students will develop a foundation of essential leadership skills and experience through coursework focusing on outdoor skills and leadership training. Students will also have an opportunity to apply theory to practice through a practicum.

The Department of Health and Exercise Studies offers a 16 credit hour Sports Science minor designed for students who desire a greater understanding of the physiological and biomechanical principles of exercise and fitness. The minor provides coursework in anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biomechanical principles, prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, exercise leadership, and health behavior.

The minor in Sustainable Energy provides students the opportunity to assemble courses in theme areas including science; engineering and technology; sustainable resources; and social systems and policy. The minor is achieved by taking 16 credit hours that include core courses and advised electives in sustainable energy topics. The minor is designed to engage students from all majors, and provide an educational opportunity that accelerates development of energy systems for the future.

University Theatre offers an academic minor in Theater to all NC State undergraduate degree-seeking students. The minor explores the art and craft of theatre performance, design, technical production, and administration. The courses investigate the artistic process, the various roles and tasks in the theatre profession, specific and practical techniques to solve creative problems, collaboration, teamwork, and self-reflection. There are opportunities for advanced study through participation in the University Theatre season. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.

Certificates

A wide variety of certificates are available at NC State. See a list of undergraduate certificates and their requirements, and see below for certificates that are offered through University College.

The Global Perspectives Certificate encourages NC State undergraduate students to pursue their international interests, both inside and outside of the classroom. The GPC also looks to recognize students for these pursuits by awarding students an official transcripted certificate upon completion of all GPC requirements. For ideas on activities and opportunities to count towards your GPC experience check out the Office of Global Engagement and the NC State Study Abroad.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship has been specifically designed to be applicable and accessible to students in all areas of study at NC State. Students who will find this certificate most engaging will be those students interested in turning ideas into action through starting ventures, working in a startup environment or applying entrepreneurial thinking skills to an existing organization. This certificate differs from the entrepreneurship minors available on campus by giving students a broad overview of the entrepreneurial process from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students will have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurial thinking in the arts, the social entrepreneurship sector, non-profits, for-profits, start-ups, growth ventures, B-Corps, and other areas of interest. Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship will specifically benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of instructors, peers, teams, mentors, materials, activities, opportunities, community partners and alumni.

Honors Programs

Check out our list of available honors programs at the department and college levels, as well as the following information regarding the University Honors and Scholars Program.

The mission of the University Honors Program is to provide a transformative liberal learning experience that empowers students to critically engage meaningful problems in the world.

The University Scholars Program introduces a community of high-achieving students to the visual and performing arts, encourages them to consider issues drawn from the sciences and politics, challenges them to excel academically and inspires them to explore and engage through international and outdoor education programs. Through these experiences, University Scholars are encouraged to connect their educational goals to their passions, to become active citizens, and to embrace the challenges of a rapidly evolving world.