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.  
Winter Quarter Advising Information

Faculty Advising


Advising Information for Winter Quarter

The Undergraduate Advisor for Sociology will be out on maternity leave in Winter quarter. Please review the information below detailing sociology advising availability during this time. In general, if you don’t have an urgent matter and can wait till Spring when the Undergraduate Advisor returns to ask your question, we would appreciate it. In addition, we ask that you utilize your MyUCSC portal and UCSC websites to find answers to your questions.


Who to Contact

Please allow additional time for your questions to be answered and forms to be processed; expect about 3-5 business days. We will not be able to accommodate last minute requests. 


Combined LALS/SOCY majors - please visit the LALS Advisor for advising. 


Who to contact while advisor is on maternity leave

Peer Advisor

sociologypeer@ucsc.edu, 831-459-4888,

Rachel Carson College Academic Building - Sociology Department Rm 226. Drop-in advising calendar

Sociology Department Staff


College Advising Office


  • All advising should start with a Peer Advisor, including:
  • Sociology program overview
  • Academic planning
  • Declare a sociology program
  • Course Substitution process
  • Independent Study process or turning in a completed form
  • Sociology requirement progress
  • Reviewing your academic advisement report with you
  • Enrollment advising
  • All forms needing department signatures start with a Peer Advisor
  • Peer Advisors cannot access your academic records. You must come in to the office for the Peer Advisor to review your academic record with you.
  • UCSC Staff, Faculty, and other administrative matters should contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu
  • Advertising an opportunity
  • Checking on the status of a Course Substitution petition
  • Requesting Psych 100 or LALS 100A to substitute SOCY 3A
  • Sociology transfer credit for SOCY 1, 10, 3A or 3B not showing properly on your academic advisement report
  • If Tina (Undergrad Advisor) asked you to contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu or lchanson@ucsc.edu about a particular matter, please do so.
  • General Education Requirements
  • Unit progress
  • Selecting courses outside of sociology
  • Enrolling in more than 19 units
  • Withdraw from a class questions
  • Withdraw from the university or leave of absence
  • Academic probation or disqualification
  • Academic standing
  • Commencement


Common Topics & Questions:


Degree Progress/Where am I with my requirements?

Check your academic advisement report: MyUCSC -> My Academics -> Academic Advisement Report -> scroll down to the sociology sections to review areas that are “Not Satisfied”. If you need assistance reviewing your report, come in to meet with a Peer Advisor.  You can also review the top of the report for GE requirements, and the bottom of your report for units completed. Any questions about GEs, IGETC, or units must go to your College advising office. Sociology does not advise on these requirements. 




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.

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 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 a faculty advisor when they are declaring the 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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