Transfer Advising

Welcome Transfer Students to the Sociology Department!


Fall Transfer Students

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. Prior to mid-July, we are 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 relevent information to help you get ready:

Schedule 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 enroll for Fall starting mid-May through July. 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.


Winter 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 during Winter Advising Week in their MyUCSC portal. You will receive a welcome message from the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor before or by the time Winter Advising Week begins.

The UCSC Orientation Office will also be reaching out to Winter Transfer Students to provide important steps to getting started, include an online orientation program. 


Tips for a Successful Transfer


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.


Frequently Used Resources

This site provides course articulations between community colleges and UCs. Search for equivalent courses to 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 including information on declaring a major or minor, degree planning tools, and various advising resources.

Getting Started in the Major

A single page advising summary for getting started in Sociology

Guide: How to Troubleshoot IGETC Issues

Are you having issues with your IGETC reflecting on your record. Take a look at the guide, then contact your College Advisors if you have questions.

Services For Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS)

The STARS mission is to advance social mobility for transfer, re-entry and independent students by providing transformative higher education experiences.

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.

General Catalog

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

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

LSS is a program with tutors, mentors, SI leaders, LGT Learning Assistants, Student Office Assistants, and professional staff committed to narrowing achievement gaps at UCSC. We offer all UCSC undergraduate students academic support services (like LGT, Small Group Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and writing tutoring).

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

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.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The mission of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) is to provide various academic and personal support programs to first-generation to college, low-income students with diverse social and personal identities and from historically marginalized backgrounds, so that they may achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals and become active leaders in their communities

Career Success

The Career Success 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. 

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