Undergraduate Program FAQs

Q: How do I declare the major in Sociology?

A: 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.  All students must take 2 courses in the department as prerequisites.  Students with transfer courses in Sociology cannot use those courses as prerequisites, although the courses may be considered for major credit later. 

When you are ready to declare a major, please follow these steps:

Step 1. Contact the Department’s Academic Administrative Assistant, Ms. Joyce Holleran, and let her know you would like to declare your major. She will assign you to a faculty advisor. If you have a preference for a particular advisor, please let Ms. Holleran know. All regular faculty serve as advisors; see the full list on the last page of this handbook.

Step 2. Download and fill out a copy of the declaration worksheet (available at https://sociology.as.virginia.edu/program-forms-and-links). The worksheet will ask you to list required and elective courses and the semester in which you took or plan to take them. With respect to future elective courses, this does not represent a commitment to take those courses. The goal is simply to plan one possible path to completing the major. To identify elective courses that you may wish to take, you can consult the current undergraduate course listing (available at https://sociology.as.virginia.edu/undergraduate-courses) and the University Undergraduate Record, which lists all approved courses in Sociology (http://records.ureg.virginia.edu).

Step 3. Schedule a meeting with your assigned advisor (in person or via Zoom). Bring the declaration worksheet to the meeting with your assigned faculty advisor. Your advisor should review your worksheet and discuss your broader interests in sociology. You and your advisor should then agree on a plan of study.

Step 4. Prepare and submit the Declaration of Major/Minor Form online through DocuSign (see instructions at https://college.as.virginia.edu/forms). DocuSign will route the form to your advisor for signature. Once your advisor signs it, the form will be forwarded to the Sociology Department and the University Registrar.

You should meet your assigned advisor during his or her regular office hours. Faculty are not obligated to meet with students during the summer months or winter break; 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. More Info

Q: As a transfer student, how do I declare the major?

A: 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.

If you have already taken an equivalent of SOC 1010 in another institution (e.g. SOC 200 or SOC 201 in one of the Virginia Community Colleges), you will be exempt from taking SOC 1010 here in the Department. However in this case you will have to take an additional sociology course at any level at some later point in your major (you do not have to do it in your first semester here at UVA).  Please see p. 5 of the Handbook for more detail on transfer of credits for SOC 1010.  More Info

Q: I have transfer credits approved from another institution, how can I apply them to the SOC major? 

A: Please read p. 5 of the Handbook on our general policy on the transfer of credits.

Q: How do I declare a minor in Sociology?

A: When you are ready to declare a minor, please follow these steps.

Step 1.   Contact the Department’s Academic Administrative Assistant, Ms. Joyce Holleran,  and let her know you would like to declare your minor.  She will answer any questions you may have and will direct you to a member of the faculty Undergraduate Committee.

Step 2.  Schedule a meeting with that faculty member (in person or via Zoom) to discuss your interests in sociology and the specific courses you would like to take. You and the Undergraduate Committee member should agree on a plan of study.  Note: If you have already completed or almost completed the requirements for the minor, this step is optional.

Step 3.   Prepare and submit the Declaration of Major/Minor Form online through DocuSign (see instructions at https://college.as.virginia.edu/forms). Be sure to check the box indicating that this is a minor declaration.  DocuSign will route the form to the Undergraduate Committee member for signature.  Once signed, the form will be forwarded to the Sociology Department and the University Registrar. 

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. More Info

Q: What is the Distinguished Majors Program, and how can I join?

A: The Department of Sociology participates in the College’s Distinguished Majors Program (DMP). The DMP provides qualified and motivated students with the opportunity to design and carry out an original research project under the supervision of a faculty member over the course of two semesters. This effort culminates in writing an honors thesis.  All Sociology majors considering the DMP should be highly motivated and have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher at the time of graduation. More Info

 

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