Transfer Advising

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Transfer Student Information


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

  1. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s SOCY 1, Introduction to Sociology.
  2. Minimum grade of C (2.0) in a course articulated to UCSC’s SOCY 10, Issues and Problems in American Society
  3. Minimum grade point average of 2.30 in the above major-preparatory courses.

By the end of the fall 2016 term, a student must have completed at least the one sociology course from the above (#1 or #2) with a minimum grade of C+ (2.30). All other course requirements must be listed as either in-progress or planned on the UC application, showing completion no later than the end of the spring 2017 term.

For students attending institutions that do not compute plus/minus grades, an overall GPA of 2.30 in the above sociology courses will be required for the major.

Although it is not required for selection, junior-level transfer students are strongly encouraged to complete a transferable course in statistical methods and a transferable course in research methods prior to enrolling at UCSC. Students offered admission for winter 2018 will be required to have completed a transferable course in research methods prior to enrolling at UCSC.

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 who have taken courses at a community college may have already satisfied some of the lower division Sociology requirements (i.e., SOCY 1 and/or 10). 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 course they have completed is articulated to satisfy UCSC Sociology requirements. While SOCY 1 and SOCY 10 are the most common courses articulated, SOCY 15 typically does not have an articulation and therefore should be taken at UCSC, if needed.

Students who have completed courses at another four-year institution may be able to apply those courses towards the Sociology degree. To do so, students should submit a course syllabus and a Course Substitution Petition to the department requesting to review the coursework. Please note that lower-division coursework can not be applied to upper-division requirements. For more information see the Course Substitution page.


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, and SOCY 10 Issues and Problems in American Society.

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.

Student Major Advising Summary

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.

Sociology Website

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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