Individual Studies

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Students may elect to pursue an individual study to supplement their experience at UCSC. In an individual study, the student works directly with a faculty member to pursue a subject of interest to the student. Individual studies are also referred to as independent studies. 

Types of Individual Studies:

  • SOCY 193, 5-unit Field Study. A field study is for students who have an internship/volunteer opportunity in the community and would like to receive credit. Students should set up the internship on their own, then complete the steps listed below to enroll in the individual study. 5-unit field studies-including time spent in the field, with the instructor, and on assignments-must be at least 15 hours per week.

  • SOCY 193F, 2-unit Field Study. A field study is for students who have an internship/volunteer opportunity in the community and would like to receive credit. Students should set up the internship on their own, then complete the steps listed below to enroll in the independent study. 2-unit field studies-including time spent in the field, with the instructor, and on assignments-must be at least 6 hours per week.

  • SOCY 194, 5-unit Group Tutorial. A group tutorial allows for a small group of students to study a particular topic with a faculty sponsor. The faculty member arranges the group study.

  • SOCY 194F, 2-unit Group Tutorial. A group tutorial allows for a small group of students to study a particular topic with a faculty sponsor. The faculty member arranges the group study.

  • SOCY 195, 5-unit Thesis. SOCY 195A, 195B and 195C are thesis tracking courses that allows a student to obtain credit while working on their thesis. A thesis can be done over 1-3 quarters, beginning any quarter, and the courses may be taken consecutively or concurrently. For more information on the thesis view the Steps Towards a Thesis information sheet in Forms and Handouts.

  • SOCY 196G, 5 unit Project Practicum for Intensive major/GISES minor. Students completing the Intensive Sociology major or GISES minor must complete their Project Practicum towards the end of the academic career. For more information on the Project Practicum view the GISES concentration major and GISES minor information pages.

  • SOCY 198, 5 units Correspondence Field Study. This field study applies to work done at a remote site for which the faculty supervision is not in person. Instead supervision is usually done by correspondence.

  • SOCY 199, Tutorial. This is an independent study for any type of independent research or advanced directed reading not covered by the types of independent studies list above.

How to Enroll in an Individual Study:

  1. Fill out the Petition For Undergraduate Individual Studies Course, and obtain the faculty sponsor’s signature. This must be a faculty member, and cannot be a lecturer, teaching fellow, or graduate student. Refer to the Sociology Faculty Advisors guide under Forms and Handouts.

  2. Students seeking units for internships and volunteer opportunities (field study) must tie in their work with Sociological themes and must complete an academic component, to be discussed when you obtain the faculty sponsor's signature. Academic components may include: assigned readings, response papers, midterm or final paper, journals, etc. A combined total of six hours of work per week are required for two units, and fifteen hours of work a week are required for five units. The total number of hours a week is a combination of time spent in the internship/volunteer opportunity plus the hours spent completing the academic component.

  3. Once the form is complete, students must submit the form to the Undergraduate Advisor to obtain an enrollment number. A copy of the form is given to the student while the Undergraduate Advisor retains the original. The form must be turned in prior to the campus's add/swap/drop deadline.

  4. If the student wishes to use the individual study as one of their electives towards the major/minor, the course must be five units, and a course substitution petition must be filled out and submitted to the Undergraduate Advisor. Sociology majors may apply two course substitutions to their electives, while Sociology minors may apply one course substitution. Students may use one 5 unit class from UCDC toward one of their upper division electives.

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