Getting started in Sociology - Frosh


Students are admitted to UCSC with a "proposed major" in most cases, and later petition to officially declare the major. Admission to UCSC does not guarantee acceptance into a particular major. Students must be declared in a major by the end of the second year (or equivalent), so learning about and preparing for a major is a primary goal for first-year students.

Importance of an early start:

This major is not highly sequential or course intensive. Although it is advisable to begin taking courses toward the major in the first year, it is not required.

Qualification requirements and/or prerequisites for the major:

Review Major Qualification Requirements in the General Catalog.

Frosh who intend to pursue this major should do the following things prior to the beginning of fall term...

  • Ensure your official transcripts arrive to UC Santa Cruz by July 1; all official test scores, including AP scores, must arrive by July 15.
  • Complete parts 1 & 2 of the Slug Orientation Course process to receive your enrollment appointment date.
  • Students should review the major requirements and understand the major’s qualification and graduation requirements.

...and should take these courses their first term:

SOCY 1  or SOCY 15. 

Special enrollment procedures:

Enroll online during your enrollment appointment.

Sample Academic Plan:

Review the Sample Academic Plan in the General Catalog.

Skills important for success in this major:

Critical reading skills, analytical writing abilities, sociological analysis of race, class, gender, and culture.

Other Information:

Some people can complete this degree in three years.

A Sociology with Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES) Intensive Concentration major and a Combined major with Latin American and Latinx Studies are also offered.

The tentative annual sociology course offerings can be used to create quarterly academic plans. 

Links to Review:

Program Description (Catalog)
Department Website
First-year Advising
Program Learning Outcomes
Declaration of Major
Global Learning  Program

Advisor Contact Information:

Tina Cossaboom

(831) 459-4497 or
Rachel Carson College Administrative Building, Room 226