Declaration of Major or Minor

Campus Declaration Deadlines 2018-19

  • Fall Quarter: Friday, October 26th
  • Winter Quarter: Friday, February 8th
  • Spring Quarter: Friday, April 26th

Students who enter UCSC as frosh are required to be formally declared in a major before enrolling in their third year (or equivalent). Junior transfers must declare their major during their second quarter at UCSC. Each quarter has a declaration deadline by which the major or minor must be declared.

 

Requirements for Major Declaration

In order to declare the Sociology BA or Sociology BA with GISES intensive concentration, you must have completed the lower-division major qualification course requirements for the chosen major, then attend a declaration workshop. Please review the major you are pursuing to review the major qualification courses (GISES concentration students have two steps, please review the declaration workshop information below). If you are in progress with your last course needed to declare the Sociology major, you may attend a declaration workshop to start the declaration process; however, you will not be formally declared in the major until you have satisfied the last remaining lower-division requirement.

For the Combined Sociology/LALS BA, you must complete all lower-division requirements, on both the Sociology and LALS sides, before you can start the declaration process. A declaration workshop is not required, please see information below.

 

Requirements for Minor Declaration

To declare a minor, you must be declared in a major first.  Students declaring a minor must either be completed with the lower-division requirement(s) in the minor or be in progress with the last course needed to declare the minor. If you are in progress with the last course needed to declare the minor, you may start the declaration process, however, you will not be formally declared until you have satisfied the last remaining lower-division requirement. Once you are ready to start the declaration process, be sure you have, or obtain from your major advisor, the completed "Petition to Declare Major/Minor" form and the "Academic Planning Form" with an updated major academic plan signed off by your major advisor. Then bring these forms in to the Sociology Advisor's drop-in advising hours.  A declaration workshop is not required for minor declaration.

 

Declaring a Double Major or Major/Minor

Students who are declaring a double major or major/minor must have approval from both department advisors on the Declaration of Major/Minor form and Academic Planning form. Once you declare your first program, obtain a copy of the completed and signed declaration form and academic planning form in order to declare your second program. All programs you are declaring must use the same set of forms to ensure a full academic plan is created. If you are already declared in another program, bring the forms with you to the declaration workshop you have signed up for, or when visiting the undergraduate advisor. For reference, the forms can be found here: Declaration of Major/Minor form and Academic Planning form.
  

Is a Declaration Workshop Mandatory for my Major/Minor?:

  • Sociology BA - Declaration workshop is mandatory. Workshop availabilities are listed in the sign-up form below.
  • Sociology BA with intensive concentration in GISES - Declaration workshop is mandatory. Workshop availabilities are listed in the sign-up form below. Students will first declare the standard Sociology BA if they have met the lower-division requirements. Students are then eligible to add the GISES concentration once SOCY 1, 15, and 30A, B and C are completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, and you have approval from the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner, to add GISES.
  • Combined Sociology/LALS BA - Declaration workshop for Sociology is not required. Instead, students in the combined major must meet with both the Sociology and LALS advisors. Start the declaration process with the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor during drop-in advising hours.  After completing the Sociology side of the declaration process, you must complete the LALS declaration requirement. For LALS declaration information, visit their website.
  • Sociology minor or GISES minor - Declaration workshop is not required. Review the information above under "Requirements for Minor Declaration". In addition, the GISES minor requires approval from the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner.
  • Senior class level students - Declaration workshop is not required. You may declare directly with the Undergraduate Advisor during advising hours.

 

Declaration Workshop Sign-up

FALL QUARTER DECLARATION WORKSHOPS WILL BE UPDATED AT THE START OF FALL QUARTER. DO NOT COMPLETE THE SIGN UP FORM UNTIL FALL DATES ARE LISTED IN THE FORM

Please review the information above to verify if you are eligible for a declaration workshop and whether a workshop is mandatory for your program. Workshops last approximately 50 minutes - 1 hour and are held in Rachel Carson College, Sociology Department Rm 207.

You must sign-up for a workshop. Drop-ins will not be accepted.

To sign-up for a declaration workshop please complete this online form, or use the embedded form below. If you are having trouble with the sign-up form link or the embedded form, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor tboom@ucsc.edu or 831-459-4497 or in person. If you are not able to make any of the workshop dates, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor for an alternate option.

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