Before declaring a major in Sociology students must complete SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology and one other sociology course for a total of 6-credit hours.
All courses must be taken for graded credit and must completed with at least a "C" or better.
Requirements for Students declaring the Sociology Major:
Four core courses are required of all Sociology majors as part of the thirty credit program and should be completed within two semesters:
- SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology
- SOC 3020-Introduction to Social Theory
- SOC 3120-Sociology Research Workshop
- SOC 3130-Introduction to Social Statistics
- SOC 3130 should be taken after SOC 3120, Sociology Research Workshop.
Students should complete twelve credits (4 courses) at the 3000 level or above, including 6 credits (two courses) at the 4000 or 5000 level. (These 3000-level courses do not include SOC 3020, SOC 3120 and SOC 3130).
The remaining minimum four credits (normally 2 courses) can be taken at any level.
- Only three credits of SOC 4970-Special Studies in Sociology may be included in the thirty-hour major requirements.
- The three credits of DM Seminar SOC 4981 may be applied to the any level elective requirement, and cannot count toward the 4000/5000 level requirement.
- Prospective majors are also urged to take SOC 3020-Introduction to Social Theory and/or SOC 3120-Sociology Research Workshop before declaring.
If your contact information changes after declaration of the major, please contact the Sociology Academic Administrative Assistant.
Sociology Minors are required to complete 18-hours (generally 6 classes) in the program. No more than 3-hours of SOC 4970-Special Studies in Sociology may be included in the 18-hour requirement for the sociology minor. As part of the 18 hours for the minor, students must complete the following:
- SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology (3-hour course)
NOTE: If you have already received transfer credit for SOC 1010 from another institution by the time you declare a minor, you may be exempt from taking this course in the department; however, in this case you must take a 3-credit Sociology course at any level to make up the required number of credit hours.
- Minors should also complete 6-hours (normally 2 courses) at the 4000 or 5000 level. The remaining 9-hours (normally 3 courses) can be taken at any level.
All courses must be taken for graded credit and must completed with at least a "C" or better.
Prospective minors should meet with a member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee during his/her office hours; students should bring a copy of their advising report or transcript and a minor declaration form (available online and at Sociology Deptartment Office). Committee members' office hours are posted online and at the Sociology Deptartment Office, Randall 104.
Students need to bring the completed minor declaration form to the Academic Administrative Assistant in Randall 104.
If your contact information changes after declaration of the minor, please contact the Sociology Academic Administrative Assistant.
Additional Program Information
Second Writing Requiremnt
Many 4000-level courses and some 3000-level courses can be used to meet the College of Arts & Science's Second Writing Requirement (SWR). Sociology courses meeting this requirement are usually marked as meeting the SWR on the Schedule of Classes and on the departmental course listing. If courses are not marked students should consult the instructor to see if a particular course meets the SWR.
Although Sociology courses at the 5000-level are designed for graduate students, some of these courses may be of interest to advanced undergraduate students in their fourth year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4. In special cases, and with the consent of the instructor, students can petition the Undergraduate Studies Committee for an exception to this rule. Undergraduate students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they think a 5000-level course might fit their interests and program of study. Experience indicates that able undergraduate students generally perform well in 5000-level courses. Undergraduate students should not normally take a 5000-level course until they have completed at least 18 hours of course work and most of the core courses. Undergraduate enrollment in a 5000-level course is at the discretion of the instructor. Requirements and grading procedures in the 5000-level courses may differ for undergraduate students.
Special Studies in Sociology
Students with a strong academic record may wish to supplement their class work in Sociology with SOC 4970-Special Studies in Sociology. Enrollment in SOC 4970 requires prior approval of a faculty member, 4th year status, and a GPA of 3.2 or better in the major (non-majors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better). This course is recommended for students with specific interests which they would like to pursue individually under the direction of a faculty member. Students must complete the Individual Study Approval Form with a statement of purpose to be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Once approved, the student may register for SOC 4970 using the instructor permission list in SIS.
Distinguished Majors Program
The DMP provides students, who have an interest in graduate level work or in a particular area of research, with the chance to experience the actual research process in professional sociology, and to work closely with individual faculty members on an original research project. Sociology majors who have a strong academic record will be invited to pursue the DMP by the department. All Sociology majors considering the DMP should be highly motivated and have a cumulative and SOC GPA of 3.4 or higher. Click here for more info on the DMP.
In general, J-Term courses do not count toward the major or minor in Sociology. However, due to the need for flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, J-Term courses taken in January 2021 may be counted toward the major or minor.
All requests for transfer credit must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. In order to count towards the Sociology major all transferred courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Please note that the courses which are considered for transfer cannot be substituted for SOC 3020, 3120, or 4000 level courses.
Up to 6 credits of courses towards the major may be taken outside the Sociology Department. These credits may include courses from related fields at UVa and courses from another institution or a study abroad program. Students planning to study abroad must get written pre-approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in advance of their travel.
Transferred credits for SOC 1010 exempt a student from taking this course in the department; however, in this case the student must take another 3-credit Sociology course at any level to make up the required number of credit hours. Note for incoming Transfer students: In order to declare the Sociology major, six pre-requisite credits must be taken at UVA.
How to Declare
THE MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY
1. Make sure that you have completed the prerequisites for the sociology major - SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology and one other Sociology course – with at least a “C” or better in each course.
2. When you are ready to declare a major, you should contact (by phone, e-mail or in person) the Academic Administrative Assistant who will assign you a Faculty Advisor. If you have preferences for a particular advisor please let the Administrative Assistant know at this point. All regular faculty serve as advisors; see the full list. You should meet your assigned advisor during his or her regular office hours. If you cannot come during the posted office hours, or if they are by appointment, contact the advisor directly by e-mail or phone to set up a time when you can meet*.
3. In order to prepare for the meeting with your advisor you need to do the following.
- Complete a printed copy of the declaration worksheet. Use it to indicate the semester (and grade if available) when you took/are taking/plan to take listed courses. In doing so, consult the Majors Handbook which describes the requirements for the major in detail, as well as the preliminary list of courses offered for an upcoming semester. Both of these documents are available online and in Randall 104.
- Obtain the Majors Declaration Form (from Monroe Hall or Randall 104) and fill out the top portion of the form containing your personal information. List only the courses that you have already taken and are currently enrolled in; you will fill out the rest of the form in consultation with your advisor.
- Print out a copy of your Academic Requirements report (or a Course History) from SIS.
4. Make sure that you bring all these forms – the Declaration Form, the worksheet, and a copy of your AR report – to the meeting with your assigned advisor. During this meeting you will have a chance to discuss in detail your proposed plan of study for the sociology major as well as talk about your broader interests in Sociology. Your advisor will sign the completed Declaration Form as an indication of his or her approval of your plan. Since the course offerings vary from a semester to a semester, and are not confirmed until a few months before the semester starts, you are not expected to be specific in your listing of the upper-level or elective sociology courses. The Declaration Form is not a binding contract: you do have a certain flexibility in your choice of courses as long as you follow the general structure for the major as outlined in this form.
5. After the declaration form has been completed and signed by both you and your advisor, you must bring it back to the Academic Administrative Assistant for review (Randall 104). If your form is accepted, you will need to take the top (white) copy to the College of Arts and Sciences (Monroe Hall) where it is entered on SIS. The Department will keep the yellow copy, and you will need to retain the pink copy for your records.
You officially become a Sociology major only after you complete all 5 stages of the declaring process.
Note on Major Advising
The first meeting with your Sociology advisor where you declare your major marks the beginning of a long-term relationship that can be extremely important and valuable to you. You are expected to meet with you advisor at least once during the semester to discuss your choice of courses or any other question or problem concerning the major. You are the one who should take the initiative in arranging these meetings. The best time for meeting with your advisor is during his or her office hours; it is important to respect your advisor’s research and teaching commitments.
* Faculty are not obligated to meet with students during the summer months; if prospective majors cannot declare the major by the end of Spring semester, they may need to wait until the start of Fall semester to meet with a faculty advisor to declare the major.
THE MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY
Students wishing to minor in Sociology should obtain a Minor Declaration form and print a copy of the Academic Advisement report from SIS before meeting with a member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. You will be seen during their posted office hours on a first come, first serve basis. If you cannot come during the posted office hours, or if they are by appointment, contact the professor directly by e-mail or phone to set up a time when you can meet*.
After your meeting with a member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee you should bring all the forms to the Sociology Department’s main office (Randall 104). The Academic Administrative Assistant will check the declaration form for completion and make a copy of the declaration form for your file. Once this is completed, students will be given the original as well as a copy of the declaration form. To finalize your declaration, the original needs to be taken to the University Registrar at Monroe Hall to be entered on SIS. You should keep the copy of the declaration form for your records.
* Faculty are not obligated to meet with students during the summer months; if prospective minors cannot declare the minor by the end of Spring semester, they may need to wait until the start of Fall semester to meet with a faculty advisor to declare the minor.
Contact the Academic Administrative Assistant to answer your questions.