Transfer Advising

Transfer Student Information

2020-21 Incoming Transfer Students:

If you are an incoming sociology proposed transfer student, please check your email. An informational email and orientation video was sent to all sociology transfer students on July 10th. Once you have reviewed, email or make an appointment via Slug Success.



UCSC Admissions will be screening for major preparation. Requirements for the sociology major include the following:

  1. Minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 in the major-preparatory courses below.
  2. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s SOCY 1, Introduction to Sociology.
  3. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s SOCY 10, Issues and Problems in American Society.

All above required major preparation coursework must be completed no later than the end of the spring 2020 term.

Although it is not required for selection, transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete a transferable course in research methods, equivalent to SOCY 3A, and a transferable course in statistical methods, equivalent to SOCY 3B, prior to enrolling at UCSC to graduate in a timely manner. Students who are admitted for Winter term, are required to have completed the equivalent to SOCY 3A prior to transfer .



All newly admitted students 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.


Major/Minor Information

Please familiarize yourself with the department's undergraduate majors and minors.

Transfer students listing Sociology as their major on their admissions application will have "Proposed Sociology" as their status, which is considered undeclared. Students accepted to transfer into the sociology major must have completed the equivalent course to SOCY 1 and 10. SOCY 15 is not required if the student has already completed the equivalent to SOCY 1 and 10. It is also highly recommended that sociology transfer students complete the equivalent to SOCY 3A and 3B are their community college. While the Admissions Office may accept courses toward the UCSC degree, it is up to the department to determine whether a course counts towards the major requirements. Students may check online at to see whether a CA community college course they have completed is articulated to satisfy UCSC Sociology requirements.

Students who have completed courses at another four-year institution may be able to apply those courses towards the Sociology degree. Students should contact the undergraduate advisor to determine if their courses are equivalent.


Sites and Services:

This site provides course articulations between community colleges and UCs. Typically Sociology students will use this site to search for equivalent courses of SOCY 1 Introduction to Sociology, SOCY 10 Issues and Problems in American Society,  SOCY 3A The Evaluation of Evidence, and SOCY 3B Statistical Methods.

Undergraduate Advising Center

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

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 Navigotar! It's the official Undergraduate Handbook, provided by the Office of Registrar.

Services For Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS)

STARS provides the extra academic and personal support transfer, re-entry and readmitted students may need to benefit fully from their education at UCSC whether they are full-or part-time. STARS is here to assist students with their pre-admissions questions, transition concerns, academic support network, and post graduation planning. Students will find drop-in assistance from professional staff members and other resources at two convenient campus locations, the Academic Resources Center and Kresge College.

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.


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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