FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions about the undergraduate program in the UC Davis Department of Sociology.

Sociology Major

Do community college courses satisfy the UC Davis sociology major requirements?

Some do and some do not. Even though your community college (CC) course that has transferred has the same name as a UC Davis course, do not assume that it counts toward the sociology major. Consult ASSIST (Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer) to identify equivalency between community college and UC Davis sociology courses. Courses that are listed in ASSIST will count because Department of Sociology advising personnel already have reviewed them. The department’s advisors must review only courses that are not listed in ASSIST. The abbreviation "SOC" designates courses in the Department of Sociology.

Can upper-division courses I took at another university be used to satisfy the UC Davis major requirements?

Yes, if the course is substantially similar to a UC Davis sociology course. Make an appointment with one of the department undergraduate advisors to request approval.

What do I need to do to declare a sociology major?

Completion of one SOC course, either lower or upper division, with a grade of “C” or better, is required for students wishing to declare a major in sociology or sociology-organizational studies. If you have fulfilled this requirement, you may initiate a Change of Major petition through the Forms & Petitions tab on the UC Davis OASIS (Online Advising Student Information System) site. We strongly recommend making an appointment with one of the department undergraduate advisors to discuss your change of major in addition to submitting the online form.

What is the purpose of an emphasis within the major?

An emphasis allows students to focus their coursework on a particular area of sociology. Emphases are designed to enable students to match their curriculum with their interests and postgraduate plans. Students may pursue only one emphasis.

Do graduate courses count toward the major?

They can, but must be approved through the advising office prior to taking the course. Also see the instructor before signing up, to determine whether you are prepared for the course. The College of Letters and Science must also approve your enrollment in a graduate-level course. Be aware that graduate courses do not count toward the College of Letters and Science 64 upper-division unit requirement.

Can I take courses for the major on a pass/non-pass basis?

Yes, you may, up to the limits set by the College of Letters and Science — i.e., one-fourth of your total units taken at UC Davis (except for courses that are graded on a pass/non-pass basis only). You also must comply with the limits set for the campus: you may enroll on a pass/non-pass basis for no more than one-third of your total units taken at UC Davis. If you are thinking about taking a course on this basis, please see the major advisor about how it will look on your transcript especially if you are considering graduate school in the future.

Do courses taken abroad count toward the major?

They may or may not, depending on how closely they parallel the content of courses that the UC Davis Department of Sociology offers. You should consult with the major advisor to determine in advance of your departure overseas which courses taken abroad would be suitable for your major at UC Davis.

Do courses that are used to satisfy the GE requirements count toward the major?

Yes.

What do I need to do in order to declare a double major?

We encourage you to meet with the undergraduate academic advisors for your major programs to ensure compliance with any specific rules that would affect success in petitioning for a double major. You may submit a petition online through UC Davis OASIS (Online Advising Student Information System) under "Forms & Petitions." The College of Letters and Science requires students to have approximately 75 percent of their lower division requirements complete in both majors before the petition will be approved.

Sociology Minor

How can I use lower-division units to satisfy the minor?

Students need to take five upper-division SOC courses to satisfy the minor. While we recommend that you take SOC 1, 2, or 3 before taking upper division SOC courses, only upper division SOC courses will count toward the minor.  (Upper division courses are courses number from 100-199)

Can courses I took at a community college be used to satisfy the minor?

No, there are no upper division SOC courses offered at Community Colleges.

How and when should I file for the minor?

You can file for declaration of the minor once you are enrolled in your final courses for the minor. You may file your minor declaration online through the Forms & Petitions tab on the UC Davis OASIS (Online Advising Student Information System) site. The last date for filing is the end of the second week of instruction in the quarter of graduation.

Do graduate courses count toward the minor?

Graduate courses must be approved through the advising office prior to taking the course. Also see the instructor before signing up, to determine whether you are prepared for the course. The College of Letters and Science must also approve your enrollment in a graduate-level course. Be aware that graduate courses do not count toward the College of Letters and Science 64 upper-division unit requirement.

Do courses used to satisfy the GE requirements count toward the minor?

Yes.

Can I take courses for the minor on pass/non-pass basis?

Yes, but no more than two courses can be taken on pass/no-pass basis for the minor. Before signing up for any courses pass/no-pass, please see the minor advisor about how it will look on your transcript, especially if you are thinking of graduate school in the future.

Academic Planning

How do I make an academic plan?

Students, peer advisors, and academic advisors can make academic plans on the Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS). Students are strongly advised to draft an academic plan for an advisor's review prior to coming in for advising. Students are also able to submit an academic plan for an advisor to approve. To draft or submit an academic plan, go to "forms and petitions" and select "academic plan" in OASIS

How will I be affected if major requirements change after I have enrolled?

You have the right to complete the requirements listed in the General Catalog at the time you entered the university. However, if you choose to complete the revised requirements instead, you may do so.

Can I interrupt my studies with a leave of absence?

Yes. Please consult the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Education and Advising Office about the Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP).

What if I have other questions?

Consult an undergraduate staff advisor for additional guidance.