First Year Advising

Frosh Student Information

  • First year students considering a major or minor in the Sociology department should refer to the majors and minors 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:
  • Students must satisfy the lower division major qualification requirements of the selected major and catalog year, and be formally declared in a major, before enrolling in their third year (or equivalent). For example, in order to qualify for declaration of the Sociology BA degree in the 2019-20 catalog requirements, students must complete two lower division Sociology courses, from SOCY 1, 10 or 15, and pass with grades of C+ or better.
  • 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.


The following Sociology courses also fulfill GEs:

SOCY Courses That Satisfy a GE
Sociology Course General Education
SOCY 15 World Society Cross Cultural Analysis (CC)
SOCY 128C Social History of Democracy, Anarchism, and Indigenism (Elective)
SOCY 162 Dutch Society (Elective)
SOCY 188A Social Change in a Global Economy  (Elective)
SOCY 3A Statistical Methods Statistical Reasoning (SR)
SOCY 128A Research Methods in Legal Studies and Critical Criminology (Elective)
SOCY 105A and SOCY 105B  Disciplinary Communication (DC)
SOCY 117E Migrant Europe (Elective) Ethnicity & Race (ER)
SOCY 128I Race and Law (Elective)
SOCY 135 Healing Justice (Elective)
SOCY 148 Educational Inequality (Elective)
SOCY 156 U.S. Latinx Identities  (Elective)
SOCY 170 Ethnicity and Race (Elective)
SOCY 170P The Political Economy of Race (Elective)
SOCY 178Z Disability and Society (Elective)
SOCY 125 Nature & Society  (Elective) Environmental Awareness (PE-E)
SOCY 173 Water  (Elective)
SOCY 173X Water and Sanitation Justice (Elective)
SOCY 185 Environmental Inequality (Elective)
SOCY 117M Immigration Enforcement and Deporations (Elective) Human Behavior (PE-H)
SOCY 136 Social Psychology  (Elective)
SOCY 137 Deviance & Conformity  (Elective) 
SOCY 141 Social Welfare (Elective)
SOCY 159 Latinos and Population Change  (Elective)
SOCY 172 Soc of Social Movements  (Elective)
SOCY 30A Intro to GISES Technology and Science (PE-T)
SOCY 115 Green Governance (Elective)
SOCY 121G Genomics and Society (Elective)
SOCY 123 Global and Transnational Perspectives in Science and Technology Studies (Elective)
SOCY 164 Capitalism and its Critics (Elective) Textual Analysis (TA)


Sites and Services

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.

Career Center

The Career Center 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. 


Educational Opportunity Program are available for  students who are a first generation family member to attend college, or can demonstrate a history of being from a low-income or educationally disadvantaged , or ss a resident of the state of California, or bona fide residents (except if American Indian or Alaskan Native). Consideration for services of EOP is also given to students who have participated in pre-university service programs (e.g. Early Academic Outreach, Upward Bound, MESA, Talent Search, Puente, etc.). With EOP, you have access to: Personal and academic counseling, including time-management, four-year/ two-year planning, and course selection; free one-on-one and group tutoring; Academic Success workshops; pre-graduate/professional information Internship listings and information Faculty-Mentor Program; multi-cultural activities, and a four-year on-campus housing guarantee. 


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. DRC serves about 500 students a year with various permanent disabilities, including: learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, visual, mobility and hearing impairments, psychological disabilities, and chronic systemic disorders (e.g. lupus, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, etc). They also serve students with temporary medical conditions such as those with broken bones or repetitive stress injuries.

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

Learning Support Services can help you excel academically. Services include tutors and MSI (Modified Supplemental Services). MSI is an excellent resources for students and gives you the opportunity to learn together in small groups led by advanced Student Learning Assistants. MSI is guaranteed study/learning time facilitated by someone who has already been successful in the class. You can normally find MSI courses offered for our lower-division and upper-division core courses.

Getting Started in the Major 

This site provides a single page advising summary for each major on campus.

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.

Sociology Website

Students interested in Sociology majors or minors should familiarize themselves with our website and check-in periodically for announcements and updates.

General Catalog

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


MyUCSC provides students, faculty and staff access to a personalized portal full of campus resources. Students enroll, check grades, and complete various forms through their portals.

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