• Review your academic progress in MyUCSC early in your senior year to ensure that you are on track to fulfill all requirements for graduation. Contact your College Academic Advisor if you have questions about GEs, units, or other university requirements. Or contact the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor if you have any questions or concerns about Sociology requirements.
  • Review your Academic Advisement Report (AAR) often. Sociology major/minor graduation checks are completed based on the information in the student's AAR. If you see an error on the report for the sociology requirements, please inform the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor. If a sociology requirement is listed as "not satisfied" in the AAR at the time of graduation checks, then your graduation may be delayed or denied. It is very important that you ensure your AAR is up-to-date and accurate.
    • If you have completed a course substitution elective that is not listed in your Sociology requirements please remember that you must submit a course substitution petition, even if the course has been previously approved. Course substitutions are not automatic. Once a form is received, and the grade has been assigned, please allow a few weeks for your record to be updated.
  • Apply for graduation in your final quarter. For most students this can be done via MyUCSC. See the office of registrar's website for more information about graduation requirements, and the Academic Calendar for important deadlines.
  • Complete steps with your college, by their posted deadlines, if you intend to participate in their commencement ceremony.
  • The Sociology department does not have a separate commencement, however, we do have an end of year celebration. Students who apply for graduation, students in the capstone, and students with an expected graduation term of W17-F17 will receive an invitiation mid-Spring quarter to the 2017 end-of-year Sociology celebration held on Friday, June 9th 3-5pm in the Rachel Carson College Red Room.

For additional information on graduation please visit the Office of Registrar's graduation Frequently Asked Questions



The department has three types of honors: Department Honors, Department Highest Honors, and Comprehensive Honors.

Department Honors and Highest Honors

A student with a major GPA of 3.75 or better qualifies for honors in the major. A student with a major GPA of 3.9 or better qualifies for highest honors in the major. Per UCSC policy, no more than approximately 15 percent of the graduating class can be considered for honors or highest honors in the major. Courses and units taken to satisfy the major requirements  - excluding the comprehensive requirement - are used to calculate the major GPA. When calculating major GPA, students must refer to the courses listed in the sociology section of their academic advisement report. If additional sociology electives were taken, the academic advisement report will not list these extra courses and they will NOT be included in the major GPA. Only required courses for the major - excluding the comprehensive requirement - will be used towards the major GPA. Please note: LALS/SOCY Combined majors do not have a section in their academic advisement report for major requirements. This program has not yet been coded by the office of registrar. You may always check in with the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor for questions.

At the end of each quarter, once grades are posted, graduation checks will begin. During this time, the student's AAR is reviewed for completion of the major/minor requirements and an honors check is done for majors. However, for students who are graduating in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2017 and are walking in the Spring 2017 commencement, an honors check must be completed prior to their final grades being posted due to the commencement programs. The commencement programs are printed in advance of Spring quarter grades being posted, so we must determine honors eligibility prior to knowing all your grades and prior to the final graduation check. See directions below on how to apply.


Publication of Honors in the Spring Commencement Program - Due May 20th

The call for honors in the commencement program is sent to the undergraduate sociology email list in May, which students must reply to by May 20th. This deadline only applies to students who wish to have their name listed in the commencement program with an indication of one of the following types of honors: "Honors in the major" "Highest honors in the majors" "Candidate for Honors" or "Candidate for Highest Honors." Students who qualify for honors upon completion of their final requirements, will have honors reported for their diploma and transcripts.

Students who are graduating prior to the Spring 2017 commencement but will be participating in the Spring 2017 commencement, do not have to complete these steps. These students will have already had their graduation and honors processed, and their information will automatically be sent for publication in the commencement programs.

Students who are graduating Spring 2017-Fall 2017 can follow these steps to apply for honors to be listed in the commencement program:

  1. Step One: Are you eligible?
    • You have three or less courses remaining in your major, not including the comprehensive requirement (SOCY 196A, Thesis, LALS Seminar).
    • You must be graduating no later than Fall 2017.
    • You do not have to participate in the college commencements. This information will be used primarily for the commencement programs, however, it is also useful for the department at the time of final graduation checks.
  2. Step two: Calculate your major GPA using the GPA Calculator (
    • Your major GPA includes your lower division courses, upper division core courses, and upper division elective courses, including course substitutions and transferred courses. It does NOT include the comprehensive requirement, SOCY 196A, SOCY 196B, Thesis courses, nor the LALS/SOCY comprehensive options.
    • View your Academic Advisement Report to check which courses and grades are being used towards your major. Do not include the comprehensive requirement courses.
    • LALS/SOCY Combined major students do not have an academic advisement report for the major, so you must instead look at your schedule for the sociology courses. 
    • Get the GPA calculator ready:
      • Enter a "0" in the fields for "Total Cumulative Grade Points" and "Total Cumulative Attempted Units Towards GPA" which are listed under section #3 of the GPA calculator instructions.
      • In section #4 of the GPA calculator, click on the "Add Classes" button to add rows for each course.
    • Enter each course's grade and units. If courses are still pending, do not guess your grade, leave them out of your GPA calculation. 
    • If you need help calculating your GPA, please let me know (
  3. Step two: Verify type of honors
    • You are eligible for "Honors in the Major" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.75 and have completed all your major requirements included in the major GPA (which excludes the comprehensive requirement).
    • You are eligible for "Highest Honors in the Major" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.9 and have completed all your major requirements included in the major GPA (which excludes the comprehensive requirement).
    • You are eligible for "Candidate for Honors" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.75 so far in the major and have three or less courses remaining to finish your major.
    • You are eligible for "Candidate for Highest Honors" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.9 so far in the major and have three or less courses remaining to finish your major.
  4. Step four: Apply for honors
    • Once you have completed the steps above, apply for honors using this form (
    • Students in the Combined Soc/LALS major will have their information sent to Alessandra in LALS.


Comprehensive Honors

Comprehensive honors are awarded to students who perform exceptionally well on their senior thesis, if that option was chosen to satisfy the comprehensive requirement.
  • Socy 196A – Capstone: Honors not awarded.
  • Senior Thesis: To receive honors the student’s thesis must be reviewed by both the thesis faculty advisor and second faculty member (a second reader). Both faculty members must recommend honors.