Transfer Advising

Transfer Student Information

2022-23 Fall Incoming Transfer Students:

Welcome to the Sociology Department at UC Santa Cruz! During the summer you will be receiving and reviewing a lot of information, which starts with Slug Orientation. All new students are required to complete the one-unit Slug Orientation in the summer to learn how to navigate the university, advising, and enrollment. In addition, Slug Orientation Part 1 and 2 are part of the requirements for receiving a Fall quarter enrollment appointment.

As you learn about the university through Slug Orientation, around mid-July you will also receive information specific to the sociology major and opportunities to attend an info session with the Undergraduate Advisor. We are currently working on reviewing your self-reported course information to determine your best sociology course options for Fall quarter. During this time you can navigate our website to review information about our:

Important Note: If you are reviewing the schedule of classes, please note that departments save seats for the new incoming class and will release them during transfer enrollment time. Our continuing students are currently enrolling. Rest assured, sociology classes are not full or closed, seats are saved in all the SOCY undergraduate courses to ensure you have course options for Fall quarter.


2022-23 Winter Incoming Transfer Students:

Winter transfer students accepted to the Sociology major can begin working with the sociology undergraduate advisor as soon as they are ready, but no later than Winter Advising Week  in order to prepare for Winter quarter enrollment. Students will be able to see their enrollment appointment after November 3rd in their MyUCSC portal.

The Undergraduate Advisor will be sending a welcome message to all new Sociology Winter transfer students the week of October 24-28

The UCSC Orientation Office expects students to complete three important orientation steps:

  1. Upload their student ID card photo (SlugCard),
  2. Complete Part 1 of the Orientation
  3. Complete Part 2 of the Orientation


For a successful transfer process students should:



Admissions and Sociology Transfer Courses

UCSC Admissions will be screening for major preparation as part of the admissions process. The Sociology department does not determine admissions into UCSC. For admissions specific questions please direct them to UCSC Admissions

The following courses or their equivalents are required prior to transfer, by the end of the spring term for students planning to enter in the fall. For additional information, refer to the General Catalog.

SOCY 1 Introduction to Sociology
SOCY 10 Issues and Problems in American Society

A minimum GPA of 2.0 (C) or better must be obtained in the courses listed above. 

Although it is not required for selection, transfer students are encouraged to complete a transferable course in research methods, equivalent to SOCY 3A Evaluation of Evidence, and a transferable course in statistical methods, equivalent to SOCY 3B Statistical Methods, prior to enrolling at UCSC. Students who are admitted for Winter term, are strongly encouraged to have completed the equivalent to SOCY 3A prior to transfer. Students must look up course equivalencies through

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.

Transfer students listing Sociology as their major on their admissions application will have "Proposed Sociology" as their status, which is considered undeclared. Students must declare a major by the fourth week deadline in their second quarter.



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.

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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