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
Contact Information
Faculty Advising


Advising Information for Fall Quarter

In-person advising can be through drop-in advising with a Peer Advisor, as well as drop-in advising or appointments with the Undergraduate Advisor. The calendar below lists when drop-in advising is held with a Peer Advisor or the Undergrad Advisor, as well as when the Undergrad Advisor is only doing appointments. 

Peer Advisors can assist you with:
  • Review of programs offered
  • Creating academic plans
  • General questions about the major
  • Course substitution process
  • How to declare your major
  • Reviewing your academic advisement report with you
  • General enrollment help
Undergraduate Advisor can assist you with:
  • All of the above and...
  • Signatures on forms such as Petition to Extend Enrollment, Final Quarter Part Time Form, Education Abroad, etc.
  • Updates to your sociology section of academic advisement report
  • Sociology transfer credit
  • Exceptions or appeals
  • Connecting to faculty
  • Individual study course enrollment numbers
  • Enrollment issues
  • Opportunities for enrichment


Green = Peer Advisor 
Blue = Undergrad Advisor

Drop-In Advising

Available with Peer Advisors and the Undergraduate Advisor

Drop-ins are typically 10-15 minute meetings. It is first come, first served, no appointments needed. Please check the calendar below to find when the Peer Advisor and Undergrad Advisor are holding drop-in hours. As a best practice please check the calendar right before your visit as these times are subject to change.

Sign-in for drop-in advising in Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Sociology Department Rm 226



Available with the Undergraduate Advisor only
If drop-in advising hours don't work for you, if you need to meet for a longer period of time, or if you have a confidential matter to discuss, then you can make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor. Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance so please plan ahead. Appointments are made through Slug Success.
How to make an appointment in Slug Success.


Please note, appointments will NOT be available in Winter Quarter. 


Contact Information

Undergraduate Advisor and Program Coordinator:
Tina Cossaboom 
Rachel Carson College Rm 224/226
Drop in advising in Rm 226 Fall and Spring; Winter quarter I am out on maternity leave (more info coming soon)
Peer Advisors
Rachel Carson College Rm 226
Not Available in the Summer
Learn more about our  Peer Advisors


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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