Global Learning

We encourage all sociology students to consider planning for an abroad program. Through academic coursework, internships and experiential learning, UCSC Global Learning hopes to provide UCSC students the opportunity to graduate with an international experience. Read first-hand how study abroad has changed the lives of our students. As a sociology major it's important to experience other cultures and societies first hand, so don't miss this opportunity to travel, explore, and learn!

Global Learning and Sociology recently collaborated on an information session for sociology majors. In case you missed it, watch the recording here.


Elective Course Substitutions

With over 40 countries to choose from, it's easy to find a program or course that can satisfy a requirement in your major or minor. Students who complete a Global Learning Program may be eligible to use their course(s) for elective substitutions in the sociology majors or GISES minor. Hundreds of courses have already been previously approved, and hundreds more can be approved through a simple petition process. 

In general, it is always advisable to save your course materials. In some cases, a course substitution petition may need supplemental materials so hold on to your syllabi, exams, assignments, and readings from your abroad program.

Ready to start the process? Review our course substitution page for policies and procedures.


Sample Academic Plans

No matter the major you select in sociology or your academic year, we can help you create a plan that will allow you to participate in a Global Learning Program. Below you can review some of the most popular plans, but there are dozens of variations possible! Mention study abroad the next time you meet with us to create a plan that works for you.

Frosh - Four Year Plans

Sociology BA:

Sociology with GISES Concentration:


Transfer Student - Two Year Plans

Sociology BA: 

Sociology with GISES Concentration:



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