Change of Major Procedures

 

Students may change their major (declare the pre-major, full major, or double major) during office hours in the Sociology Undergraduate Office. The major GPA applies only to courses taken at UCSB or another UC. Courses taken at a junior college or state university are not calculated into the GPA. The social science and diversity courses are not computed into the GPA, but must be taken for letter grades.

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.

To Declare the Pre-Major:
Students must have completed at least one of the pre-major GPA requirements in areas A or B with a 2.3 (C+) GPA and no grade lower than a "C-".  When approved, students will be officially declared a pre-sociology major.  It takes 2-5 working days for the paperwork to process through the Registrar's Office. Students will remain in pre-major status until they complete all pre-major requirements and subsequently petition for full major status.

To Declare the Full Major From the Pre-Major:
Students must have completed all pre-major courses in order to declare the full major. No courses can be in-progress. All pre-majors must come into the Undergraduate Office to change their 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.  It takes 2-5 working days for the paperwork to process through the Registrar's Office.

To Declare the Full Major From Another Major:
Students must have completed all the pre-major requirements with a 2.3 GPA (social science and diversity courses must be taken for letter grades, but will not be computed into the pre-major GPA). 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.  It takes 2-5 working days for the paperwork to process through the Registrar's Office. It is strongly advised that as soon as a non-major is eligible to declare the pre-major, that the student do so, and not wait longer in order to declare the full major.

To Declare a Double Major:
When a student adds pre-sociology or sociology to an already declared major, the change of major procedures are the same as previously outlined but additional paperwork is required. The double major form is available at the Sociology office or the College of Letters and Science.  Because the College of Letters and Science must approve (or deny) all double majors, the paperwork processing time is much longer than for a single major. It can take the College 1-4 weeks to sign off on the paperwork and forward it to the Registrar's Office.

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

Advising
Hours
9:00 to 12:00 & 1:00 to 4:00
Monday-Friday

Phone Number

(805) 893-3314