Undergraduate Program

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.  Please note that in the case of a transfer only 3 credits taken in another institution can serve as a prerequisite for declaring a major.  Another 3-credit course should be taken in the department. When you are ready to declare a major, you should contact (by e-mail) the Academic Administrative Assistant who will assign you a Faculty Advisor. 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 students can declare the sociology major they need to complete TWO courses (six credits) of sociology, including SOC 1010 (Introductory Sociology). 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: 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. 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 DMP is an opportunity for students to work closely with individual faculty members on an original research project. 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. 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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