Getting started in Sociology: 2023-2024 Entering 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. This major does not require a math placement nor a language placement exam.

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...

  • 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.

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