Advising Support During COVID-19

The Sociology Advising Office is open and available to help with your advising needs. During this time of social distancing, we are working outside the office (per campus guidelines) to help answer your questions. Please review the information below to see how our advising team can support you during this time.

Advising

Virtual Advising Center: You may use the Virtual Advising Center to ask questions.  An advisor will respond to you within 1-3 business days (advisors do not answer VAC messages on weekends, evenings, or University holidays).

Remote Advising Appointments: All remote appointments will take place via Zoom unless otherwise arranged with the advising team. Please see our Sociology Advising Schedule  for our advising hours, and please see our following resource on How to on Sign up for Sociology Zoom Advising Appointments to request an advising time. One-on-one advising appointments will be up to 30 minutes long.

Please note that while normal advising appointments will take place during normal operating hours, we will do our best to accommodate requests from students in other time zones. If none of the times work for you, or you do not have a Zoom capable device, please contact us in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

Forms and Petitions

Sociology Undergraduate Online Petition Form

Course pre-approval and petitions (for classes to count toward major/minor requirements)

  • Please use the above petition form to both pre-approve and petition courses to count toward majors and minors. You will be contacted in the Virtual Advising Center within 3-4 weeks with the result of your petition. For further information about petitioning courses please see the following resource

Other forms and paperwork that need an Advisor's signature

  • For forms such as Double major petitions, Max Unit Appeals, and all other forms, please send your completed forms to Sociology Advisors at socadvising@ucsd.edu, ensure your form is completely and correctly filled out. You may be contacted in the Virtual Advising Center to set up a Zoom appointment to go over your form. Otherwise you should hear back from us within 3-5 business days, but completing your forms may take longer if they are not correctly filled out. If you would like to discuss the form please schedule a Zoom advising appointment.

    • For double major petitions- Make sure to complete the student information at the top section of the Double major petition form, the student signature section, and the major information. If you would like to fill out the major portion you can otherwise, we will fill it out for you.

FA20- Course Instruction Information

For FA20 specifically, course's instruction type will either be online/ remote, in person, or hybrid (the course will be mixture of remote/ in person). Our Annual Schedule will reflect the instruction type. Please review the following FAQ on FA20 instruction to learn more about the changes to instruction for Fall.

Taking SP20 Courses P/NP

During the Spring 2020 quarter, the Academic Senate has approved letter grades as well as Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grades to be taken in undergraduate courses. In an effort to provide students with flexibility during this time, the Sociology Department has agreed to the following Spring 2020 guidelines. Sociology’s Spring Quarter 2020 policy on P/NP classes is as follows below.

Update: The temporary Spring 2020 P/NP policy expires at the end of Spring quarter and the regular Sociology Department policy resumes from Summer 2020 onwards. Courses will need to be taken for a letter grade in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 to be able to be applied towards the major or minor.

  • Sociology Dept. Majors:
    • Any Sociology class taken P/NP in Spring Quarter 2020 will count toward the major and/or the minor. If you do not see this automatic change, please send us a message in the Virtual Advising Center to adjust it. 
    • P/NP courses taken in Spring 2020 will not count towards the 25% cap on P/NP courses for the Bachelor’s degree (This is University Policy but helpful to note).
    • Students may change their selection of P/NP or Letter Grade through the end of the Friday of Week 11.
      • UPDATE: Due to our current social situations, the University has approved a new one-time exception for SP20 to permit undergraduate students to change their grading option and select a Pass/No Pass grade up until the end of Friday of Spring Quarter 2020 finals week, June 12, 2020.
      • Previously this deadline was Week 10, but has now been updated
    • P/NP courses are not included in calculations of GPA.  
    • This new policy is in effect for Spring Quarter 2020 only

  • Sociology Minors:
    • Any Sociology class taken P/NP in Spring Quarter 2020 will count toward the major and/or the minor. If you do not see this automatic change, please send us a message in the Virtual Advising Center to adjust it. 
    • /NP courses taken in Spring 2020 will not count towards the 25% cap on P/NP courses for the Bachelor’s degree (This is University Policy but helpful to note).
    • Students may change their selection of P/NP or Letter Grade through the end of the Friday of Week 11.
      • UPDATE: Due to our current social situations, the University has approved a new one-time exception for SP20 to permit undergraduate students to change their grading option and select a Pass/No Pass grade up until the end of Friday of Spring Quarter 2020 finals week, June 12, 2020.
      • Previously this deadline was Week 10, but has now been updated
    • P/NP courses are not included in calculations of GPA.  
    • This new policy is in effect for Spring Quarter 2020 only

What does this mean for me as a student?

While it is possible to take a Sociology course P/NP in SP20 and apply it toward your major/ minor, you will want to consider if this is the best option for you. Please see the section below for things to consider.

Possible Consequences of taking a SP20 Course P/NP

What should I consider before taking a course Pass/No Pass instead of a letter grade?

Reminder: The temporary Spring 2020 P/NP policy expires at the end of Spring quarter and the regular Sociology Department policy resumes from Summer 2020 onwards. Courses will need to be taken for a letter grade in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 to be able to be applied towards the major or minor.

  • Students should carefully consider taking additional units under the assumption they will need to devote less time to each course if it is graded P/NP. The expectation is students will apply the same amount of time and energy towards each enrolled course regardless of how the course is graded. If adequate time is not planned for each course, a student could easily find themselves overwhelmed at the amount of work required for the quarter.
  • Students who plan to retake a course to replace a previously earned grade- For Spring 2020 only, D or F grades may be repeated on either a letter grade or P/NP basis. All grades you earn are recorded on your transcript, but the first 16 units of repeated classes for which you received a D, F, or NP won't be used to calculate your cumulative GPA. 
  • Students who plan to apply for postgraduate study. Graduate, medical, and other professional schools may not accept a grading option of P/NP for some courses. Students will need to check with the specific graduate/professional school they are applying to and inquire what courses are required to apply and if those courses can be graded as P/NP. 
  • Students who are veterans and receive financial assistance need to check with their campus Veterans Affairs liaisons to determine how taking a course as P/NP will impact their financial support.
  • Student-athletes should check with their athletic advisor (Mary Angell or Katie McGann) to ensure a student's SP20 coursework and/or GPA will still meet NCAA eligibility requirements.
  • Students trying to raise their GPA, especially in an effort to return to good academic standing. Students who need to raise their GPA above a 2.0 to be in good standing or for purposes of financial aid may be harmed in taking P/NP grades.
  • Students maintaining satisfactory academic progress for financial aid. In addition to GPA, a student must maintain “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP). Students are still considered to be making SAP according to the standard “PACE formula” even if they get a C-, D+, or D. For example: If a student with 15 units received 10 (C)’s and 5 (C-)‘s, they would be fine in terms of GPA and SAP. The same student receives 10 (C)’s and 5 NP’s would show a lack of SAP and may have issues with financial aid. Students should always check with the UCSD Financial Aid Office to verify how taking courses as P/NP would impact their aid.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list of potential unintended consequences. Students who are uncertain of the effects of this decision are encouraged to seek guidance from their academic advisors in the Virtual Advising Center to understand the full implications of their choices.

OSD Exam Accommodations

We will not be providing any in-person exams for Sociology courses in Spring 2020, including for final exams. You should instead work directly with your instructors for your Sociology course(s) to receive your exam accommodations for this quarter. 

Our Sociology Student Affairs Office is still available to support you throughout the Spring 2020 quarter.  We have remote advising services available for students (see above).  We will also continue to monitor the Virtual Advising Center to ensure that any questions or concerns that you have regarding your OSD accommodations for Spring 2020 can be answered in a timely manner. If you have not already, we also highly encourage you to review the central campus' OSD website for updates to campus-wide OSD policies for Spring 2020.
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