Undergraduate Advising

Advising is an important part of your undergraduate education. Our faculty, peer advisors and undergraduate advisor play a vital role in advising on all aspects of the Sociology majors and minors. Students considering a sociology major or minor should consult with peer advisors and the undergraduate advisor as early as possible, no later than early to mid sophomore year. Junior transfer students must begin consulting with the undergraduate advisor in the summer prior to their first quarter at UCSC. 

Advising Information For Spring Quarter

Drop-in advising hours are located in Rachel Carson College Rm 226. Drop-in advising is first come, first served; appointments are not needed. Be sure to note the different times for peer advisors and the undergraduate advisor. Always refer to the advising calendar below for the most up-to-date availability information. Changes occur often.

Advising is available with:

  • Undergraduate Advisor, Tina Nikfarjam: The undergraduate advisor can assist you with all matters related to the sociology major, minors, and department. Drop-in advising availability is shown on the calendar below in yellow. Drop-in hours are generally M-Th 1-4pm and Fri 10am-12pm, however, changes occur often, please review the calendar hours below.
  • Peer Advisors: Peer advisors can assist you with an overview of our majors/minors, create academic plans, course recommendations, course substitutions, and other general advice. Learn more about our Peer advisors, here. Drop-in advising availabiltiy is shown in the calendar below in green. Drop-in hours for spring will generally be MW 10am-4pm, TTH 1:30-4pm,  Fri 10am-12pm and 1-4pm, however, changes occur often, please review the calendar hours below.


Contact Information

Undergraduate Advisor and Program Coordinator:
Tina Nikfarjam
Rachel Carson College Rm 224 but drop-in advising sign-in is in Rm 226
Peer Advisors:
Rachel Carson College Rm 226


Faculty Advising

Faculty Advisors (PDF)

Sociology faculty members are valuable resources for: discussing ideas and concepts, applying sociology to your future life and career plans and writing recommendation letters. Faculty hold office hours each week during the academic quarters. These hours are available for students to discuss course work, research opportunities, graduate school, and future courses. Take advantage of office hours to meet faculty and get to know them. Hours are posted on the faculty page, outside the Sociology Department Office Rachel Carson College Rm 226.


Why do I need a faculty advisor?

Sociology faculty are the best advisors to seek out to discuss any academic matters. They are experts in their fields, and can provide mentoring, recommendations, and opportunities. Students who establish a relationship with faculty members, visit them in office hours, and participate in their courses are more likely to succeed in their academics at UCSC and more likely to participate in research opportunities.  

How do I select a faculty advisor?

The recommended approach, and the approach preferred by faculty, is to select a faculty advisor based on your areas of interest in Sociology. Review faculty research areas on the other side of this worksheet as well as their profiles on the Sociology website.  You may seek out more than one faculty advisor if you find that multiple faculty have interests that match your own. Students may also select a faculty advisor because they had a class with the professor and have already established a working relationship, based on courses the faculty member will be teaching in the future, or based on the students’ interest in working with the faculty member on a senior thesis in the future. While it is recommended that students select and meet with a faculty advisor, and obtain a signature on the declaration form when declaring a major, students are not limited to meeting only with that advisor, but are free to consult other faculty for advising during their time at UCSC.  If your interests change over time, begin meeting with the faculty advisor in your new area of interest.

What can I discuss with my faculty advisor?

  • Academic questions related to Sociology
  • Course-related questions
  • Research areas of interest
  • Research opportunities
  • Current research projects
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Courses they will be teaching throughout the year
  • Field study sponsorship through an Individual Study
  • Internships, volunteer opportunities or organizations they work with in the community
  • Senior thesis
  • Course issues and feedback
  • Recommendations for other majors, minors, professors, or courses in a particular area of interest
  • Referrals to campus resources
  • Developing academic goals
  • Graduate school
  • Careers  (and visit the Career Center!)
  • Academic support if needed for awards, scholarships, and grants
  • Academic integrity questions (plagiarism, ethics of research, etc.)
  • Building skills needed in areas of interest
  • University life

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