First Year Advising

Welcome Frosh to the Sociology Department!

As you get started with our major, please keep the following information and resources in mind:

  • First year students considering a major or minor in the Sociology department should refer to the programs page and advising center.
  • Students who are interesting in pursuing Sociology should propose the major as soon as possible, if you are not proposed already. Important information and updates are sent to proposed and declared Sociology students. To propose the major please contact the undergraduate advisor:
  • To officially declare the major, students must satisfy the major qualification courses listed for the selected major. Students should submit a petition to declare by completing the sociology online declaration form as soon as they complete the major qualification courses or reach their declaration deadline quarter, whichever comes first.
  • A math placement exam is not required for Sociology. The Sociology BA and Sociology with a concentration in GISES have a requirement in statistics, but not math.
  • All newly admitted frosh must complete the online summer orientation process. Failure to complete summer orientation will delay your enrollment into classes, which may mean the courses you want to enroll into will have already filled up.


SOCY Courses and General Education (GE) Requirements

The Sociology Department offers several required and elective courses through the department that students can take to satisfy both major requirements as well as GE requirements.

Review SOCY Courses with GEs


Frequently Used Resources

Undergraduate Advising Center

The Undergraduate Advising Center provides advisement information including information on declaring a major or minor, degree planning tools, and various advising resources.

Getting Started in the Major 

A single page advising summary for getting started in Sociology

The Navigator

Looking for information on a policy or procedure? Look it up in the Navigator! It's the official Undergraduate Handbook, provided by the Office of Registrar.

General Catalog

The general catalog is available online and is a great reference for policies, course descriptions, and department information.

Student Services

Student Services provides information and links to different student support services such as student groups, academic support, financial aid, bus schedules, individual colleges, and much more!

Learning Support Services

LSS is a program with tutors, mentors, SI leaders, LGT Learning Assistants, Student Office Assistants, and professional staff committed to narrowing achievement gaps at UCSC. We offer all UCSC undergraduate students academic support services (like LGT, Small Group Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and writing tutoring).

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The goals of the Disability Resource Center are to support retention and graduation of students with disabilities, collaborate with students, faculty, staff and community resources to provide effective academic services, and to promote a non-discriminatory campus environment and encourage student development and independence.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The mission of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) is to provide various academic and personal support programs to first-generation to college, low-income students with diverse social and personal identities and from historically marginalized backgrounds, so that they may achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals and become active leaders in their communities

Career Success

The Career Success offers a variety of services including: helping to choose a major, career advising, job and internship opportunities, employer fairs, career workshops, Career Advice Network, and alumni services. 

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