Welcome to Sociology at the University of Virginia!
Before declaring a major in Sociology, a student must first complete SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology and one other course (three credits) in Sociology, with a grade of “C” or better in each course. SOC 3020-Introduction to Social Theory or SOC 3120-Sociology Research Workshop may be used to fulfill the second prerequisite requirement.
Third-year transfer students may declare a major in Sociology if they have completed a course in Introductory Sociology and one other Sociology course at their previous institution, with a grade of “C” or better in each course.
Students entering their fifth semester who have not completed the prerequisites to declaring the major must defer their declaration for one semester while they complete the prerequisites. The Declaration of Major Deferral Form is available from the College website. On the form, list the Director of Undergraduate Programs as your “major contact” in the Department. You should also contact the Department’s Academic Assistant, Ms. Joyce Holleran, to let her know you plan to submit the deferral form. Otherwise, if you submit the form incorrectly, the Department may not know about it.
For detailed information on deferring the Sociology major, please view an informative presentation here.
If you are an entering third-year, consider enrolling in Sociology 1010 and Sociology 3120. Sociology 3120 and 3130 form a required two-course sequence, and SOC 3120 is not given in the spring; thus if you do not take 3120 this fall, you will have to take the two-course sequence in your last year, which is not ideal.
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.