Undergrad FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

1.         How do I declare the pre-major?
You must have completed at least one of the pre-major GPA requirements in areas A and/or B at UCSB with a 2.3 (C+) GPA and must come into the Sociology Undergraduate Office to fill out the paperwork. When approved, you will be officially declared a pre-sociology major. It takes 1-2 weeks for the paperwork to process through the Registrar's Office. You will remain in pre-major status until you complete all pre-major requirements and subsequently petition for full major status. Students must complete pre-major courses and achieve the minimum GPA requirements prior to completion of 144 total units. Courses in Area A and B must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.

2.         How do I declare full major?
Once you must have completed the entire pre-major with the required GPA, and all of your grades are posted on GOLD, you must come into the Sociology Undergraduate Office to fill out the paperwork. Students must complete pre-major courses and achieve the minimum GPA requirements prior to completion of 144 total units. Courses in Area A and B must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.

3.         Will grades from my community college count toward the pre-sociology major grade point average?
No.  Grade points from other institutions (except other UC’s) do not transfer with you, only units and subject credit.  When you begin at UCSB, you begin with a 0.0 GPA.

4.         Will the Social Problems, Marriage and Family, or Human Sexuality courses I took at the community college count toward the sociology major?
No.  All courses taken at a community college are considered lower division level courses.  The human sexuality course at UCSB is an upper division course and if you choose to take it, you will receive upper division credit for it.

5.         Can I take upper division sociology courses even though I am still in the pre-major?
Yes.  Some upper-division sociology courses are open to pre-majors and most pre-majors supplement any remaining pre-major classes with upper division courses.  However, most classes are blocked for full sociology majors only.  Check GOLD for any restrictions.

6.         Do I have to complete the pre-major right away, or can I go ahead and take upper division   sociology classes instead?
It is not in your best interest to delay completing the pre-major.  If the pre-major courses are offered, you should take them instead of putting them off.  The longer you take to complete the pre-major, the more frustrating it will be for you when trying to enroll in classes that are blocked for full majors only.  While Sociology 1 and statistics are offered every quarter, the history courses are only offered during certain quarters.  If your remaining pre-major classes are not offered, you should supplement your schedule with upper division classes.  An advisor in the sociology department can help you with your schedule if you are at all uncertain as to what to enroll in.

7.         If I can’t get the sociology classes I need, what should I enroll in?
You will need 60 upper division units in Letters and Science, of which 36 will come from the sociology major. That leaves you 24 units (6 classes) that can come from other departments.  Consider taking courses in other departments that might interest you or help you with your career goals.  Or, if you are planning on pursuing a double major or minor, you should fit those courses in as well.

8.         How do I “crash” a class in the Sociology Department?
Crashing refers to attempting to get into a class that is full.  You can get on online waitlists as they open up, email an instructor to be placed on a waitlist if there is not one online, or sign up on a list on the first day of class.  You must go to the first day of class to see what your status is.  Every instructor has their own policy for adding students.

8.         Where can I find descriptions of Sociology courses?
Please see the UCSB General Catalog here.

Undergraduate Advising Office

Assistance is available for changing majors, getting a progress check, enrollment procedures, course substitutions, studying abroad, and career counseling.

Location
3119 Social Science & Media Studies Building

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Hours
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