Frequently Asked Questions
What if a class that I need for my major is cancelled or two of them are offered at the same time?
Contact a staff advisor immediately. It may be possible to find a suitable substitution.
Can I use courses I have taken at other institutions for required courses in my major?
It is sometimes possible, but approval is required. To request approval, you must petition the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (obtain the form from the department office). In the petition, state the course you would like to substitute along with supporting material such as a course syllabus, exams, papers, etc. For more guidance, contact a staff advisor.
Can I use courses from another school toward my upper-division major requirements?
Yes. Upper-division courses taken at four-year institutions outside the University system may be used toward the required 64 upper-division units needed to graduate. These courses MUST be evaluated as upper-division course work by the Office of the Dean, major advisor, or undergraduate admissions. Initial questions as to what might transfer should be directed to Undergraduate Admissions.
Does my GPA transfer from another college?
Only work completed at another University of California campus for a grade will become part of a student's UC GPA. For your overall GPA, transfer work will be included.
Can I take a course in my major requirement Pass/No Pass?
Yes. However, there are some issues to consider first. Most graduate schools do not look favorably upon major courses that are taken Pass/No Pass (P/NP). However, the P/NP option may be useful if protecting a GPA is important or if a student experiences an extremely stressful quarter. Also note that other majors may have different guidelines regarding P/NP in the major. The counsellors at Advising Services can more appropriately assist you in answering this question. They have direct contact with individual schools and can make recommendations. Also, watch for various quarterly workshops advertised on their website.
How do I go about obtaining an internship?
Go to the Internship and Career Center. There are binders that list the internships that are offered throughout the year and the summer. Internship Coordinators are available to give you assistance. You may also arrange your own internship. Plan your internship at least a quarter in advance because there are early deadlines and a formal process that you must follow to obtain an internship. However, please note that the Sociology Department does NOT sponsor individual internships.
Can I get units or transcript notation for an internship?
If your internship is obtained and/or approved by the Internship and Career Center, you will be able to receive transcript notation. Your Internship Coordinator will give you the appropriate forms.
SOC Majors: If you wish to receive academic credit for an internship, you must concurrently enroll in SOC 193: Workshop in Field Research and SOC 192: Internship & Research Practicum. Please be aware that SOC 46A: Introduction to Social Research is the required prerequisite for SOC 193. However, due to increasing enrollment problems, it is difficult to accommodate all Sociology and O.S. students wishing to use this combo course to meet their major requirements. The SOC 193 class is taught three times during the academic year, and is currently not available during summer session. You may want to check with other departments to see if they have a 192: Internship program. Also, it is just as beneficial to do the internship for transcript notation only. Check with a staff advisor at least a quarter in advance for more information.
Can I really get a job with the Sociology and Organizational Studies majors?
Receiving a degree does not guarantee anyone a job, but, your prospects are good that these majors will serve you as well as, or better than, most other majors. Obtaining a job greatly depends upon your assertiveness and hard work in searching for career positions. Check out this list of career options or browse our website further.