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Advising for Sociology Majors

Major Advisors

All of the full-time faculty in the Sociology Department may serve as major advisors. Typically, students choose an advisor they know well or who shares their interests. Many faculty have information on teaching and research interests posted on their web pages, accessible from the department's faculty directory. To meet with a faculty member, just schedule an appointment with your intended advisor or stop by during his or her office hours.

Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

Complete a major declaration form [pdf] to the best of your ability before you come to your advising appointment. Make sure that you have selected courses that fulfill not only the major requirements but also your COLL requirements for graduation, all totaling at least 120 credit hours. The Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs has a worksheet [pdf] to make this easier.

During your meeting, you will discuss your course plan, make necessary corrections, and your advisor will sign the form. If you have selected an advisor that shares your interests, he or she will be able to suggest coursework or research opportunities that you might enjoy. It is important to cultivate a relationship with your advisor, because he or she will become an excellent source of information and a possible reference when you apply to graduate school or for sociology-related job.