Advising

The Sociology Academic Advising staff are available to provide advice and answers to questions about the Undergraduate Program in Sociology during walk-in advising, advising by appointment, and via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC). Additional information, including specialization requirements (degree checks) can be found under Program information

Sociology Undergraduate Advisors: Jillian Tracy & Shavonne Holton

Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 401.
(See our Contact Us page for step by step directions and further maps)

(Please note that in person Advising will not be available during Spring 2020 effective March 16, 2020, see our updates below for further information)

SP20 Advising Updates:

  • UCSD is continuing to monitor and take actions to protect the health of students, faculty, and Staff from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • The Department of Sociology will also be taking measures to support campus health. Effective Monday, March 16th, 2020 Sociology Advising will be switching to all online advising for SP20 till otherwise notified
  • There will be no in person Sociology Advising Effective: Monday, March 16th, 2020 
  • Zoom meetings will be hosted by Sociology Advisors during designated advising times in place of in person meetings for Spring 2020.
  • The Virtual Advising Center (VAC) will still be available for online questions. 

Please see the Advising Schedule Tab below for quarterly advising hours, advising updates, and further instructions on how to schedule a Sociology Advising Appointment via Zoom. 

Academic Advising at UC San Diego: Major Advisors vs. College Advisors

Your Sociology Undergraduate Advisors are available to provide advice and answers to questions about the Undergraduate Program in Sociology.

Your college advisor will provide you with general academic support, assist you with questions that you may have regarding college general education requirements, university requirements, IGETC and TAG, writing courses, graduation, and policy questions.

Who Should You See?
Navigating Academic Advising and Records at UC San Diego (ERC Resource)

Advising Options: 

    Appointments

       - Typically 30 Minutes
       - Detailed Questions
       - Quarter by Quarter Plans

Appointments are generally better for more detailed information like career advising, individualized quarter by quarter plans, creating your first quarter by quarter plan, or detailed questions. Students are welcome to attend in person Advising either through walk-ins or appointments, however please keep the time constraints in mind for each type. 

Please refer to the Advising Schedule Tab below to schedule to an appointment.

    Walk-Ins

       - Typically 15 Minutes
       - Best for Quick Questions/ Quick Degree Progress Check-Ins
       - Signing Paperwork

Walk-in Advising will be unavailable via Zoom during SP20, but will be reinstated once in classroom teaching continues. Walk-in advising is generally best for quick questions about: course requirements, pre-requisites, signing study abroad paperwork, OSD paperwork/ scheduling, quick Degree Progress check-ins, other major and minor related information, or if you have an urgent question. 

 

    Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

       - On the Go Questions
       - After Hours
       - Can't stop by in person

The Virtual Advising Center (VAC) is a great way to contact a Sociology advisor if you have a quick question, can't stop by in person, or if the advising office isn't open. An advisor will respond to you within 1-3 business days (advisors do not answer VAC messages on weekends, evenings, or University holidays).

See the Virtual Advising Center Tutorial (ERC resource) for VAC navigation assistance.

Current students please direct all online questions to the VAC. We do not conduct advising via email. Emailed questions will be redirected to the VAC.

Advising Schedule

Updates to Advising Schedule

  • SP20 Advising Updates:
    • UCSD is continuing to monitor and take actions to protect the health of students, faculty, and Staff from the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • The Department of Sociology will also be taking measures to support campus health
    • Effective Monday, March 16th, 2020 Sociology Advising will be switching to all online advising for SP20 till otherwise notified
  • There will be no in person Sociology Advising Effective: Monday, March 16th, 2020
  • Please see our Advising Schedule below for updated Winter & Spring 2020 advising hours
  • For Instructions on attending Online Advising via Zoom please see the "Signing Up for Appointments (Zoom Meetings for SP20)" tab

Winter & Spring 2020 Advising Schedule

MONDAY
*Advising by Appointment: 1:00p-3:30p
 
TUESDAY
*Advising by Appointment: 9:00a- 11:30a
*Advising by Appointment: 1:00p-3:30p
 
WEDNESDAY
*Advising by Appointment: 9:00a- 11:30a
*Advising by Appointment: 1:00p-3:30p
 
THURSDAY
*Advising by Appointment: 9:00a- 11:30a
*Advising by Appointment: 1:00p-3:30p
 
FRIDAY
*Advising by Appointment: 9:00a- 11:30a

Advising Notes

  • Please have all forms that require a signature, fully completed before arriving for your academic advising meeting.
  • This is a typical schedule but may fluctuate at times. Please check this Advising page for updates.
  • New freshman and Transfer Students: Please block off 1 hour when making your first Sociology Advising appointment for quarter by quarter plans (this will require you to book 2 appointment slots). Generally quarter by quarter plans for new students take 40 mins to 1 hour. For appointments after this you can schedule just the regular 30 minutes.
  • In person advising during the Fall, Winter, and Spring is for currently enrolled students. 
  • Prospective Students can make appointments during the summer or they can email socadvising@ucsd.edu for any questions. Please see our Prospective Students tab below for further information.

Signing Up for Appointments (Zoom Meetings for SP20)

Signing Up for Appointments:

Sociology Advising will be switching to all online advising effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

Online Zoom Video meetings will be hosted in place of in person meetings by Sociology Advisors. Meetings can be attended though appointments only during the scheduled hours.

Please sign up for a Zoom Meeting Advising appointment minimally a day before your appointment. Same day Appointments will not be available to book. If urgent Zoom Advising meetings are needed please send a Virtual Advising Center (VAC) message to Sociology Advisors. 

*Sign up for Sociology Advising Zoom appointments here: Sociology Advising Google Appointment Calendar

Please see our Zoom Attendance Instructions below for further details.

Instructions to Attend Online Sociology Advising Via Zoom Meetings for Appointments:

  • Step 1: Reserving an Appointment Time
    • If you would like to attend an advising appointment via zoom for a specific date and time, please sign up for the time and date on our Sociology Advising Google Appointment Calendar
    • Please note that if a time slot is not available, then it may already be taken for that time
    • Appointment Policies-
      • Appointments must be requested at least ONE business day in advance.  We do not schedule same-day appointments.
      • If urgent Zoom Advising meetings are needed please send a Virtual Advising Center (VAC) message to Sociology Advisors.
      • If you do not have access to a laptop at current but to speak with a Sociology Advisor please send a Virtual Advising Center (VAC) message to the Sociology Department
      • Please make sure to use your UCSD email when making appointments. Include your PID with the reason you are scheduling an appointment in the calendar description (if no appointment times work for you please send us a message via the VAC).
      • Please note that some students have difficulty with their time zone when using their Google calendar. Appointments are only offered during the times listed above. If you notice that the times are incorrect, please check your time zone
    •  Rescheduling Appointments-
      • If you need to reschedule/cancel your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible by sending us a message via the VAC.
      • If you are more than 10 minutes late to an Advising Meeting, you will need to submit a new request to reschedule your appointment.
  • Step 2: Receiving a Zoom Advising Appointment Invitation
    • Once you've signed up for an appointment, Sociology Advisors will be notified of appointment reservation and will send you a link that can be used to access the Zoom meeting via the Virtual Advising Center
    • You will receive the confirmation with a Zoom meeting Link within 1 business day for your appointment time.
    • Please note that if you make an appointment in the evening for the following day, advisors will not be able to provide a confirmation until the morning of your appointment, so please keep an eye on your emails
    • Similarly, if you make an appointment on a Friday evening or over the weekend for the following Monday, Advisors will not be able to provide a confirmation until that Monday morning
    • Besides a confirmation VAC message (with a Zoom invite sent to you), no reminders will be sent.
  • Step 3: Meeting Prep
    • Ensure that you have a device that has internet access and access to a video camera with a microphone
    • You will need to download and install your Zoom client or plug-in of choice, and be signed up for Zoom in order to access the Zoom Meeting. 
    • After downloading and opening the desktop application, you will need to enter the Meeting ID (located in your confirmation) and a Screen Name, please use your full name. 
    • Please reference the linked document for what to expect once you're logged into your Zoom online appointment. 
    • Device/Suggestions-
      • We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for an optimal advising experience. The advisor may be sharing websites and documents that can be difficult to view on a cell phone or tablet. 
    • Expectations-
      • If your device is video capable, please keep in mind that you will be visible to the advisor. Ensure you are in appropriate surroundings and attire. 
  • Step 4: Attending your Zoom Appointment Meeting
    • Appointments are scheduled to be at maximum, 30 minutes per student, so please plan accordingly.
    • We recommend signing in 5 minutes prior to the online appointment time. Please be prompt to your appointment in order to ensure the maximum amount of time with the advisor. 
    • If delays are occurring, advisors will send a notification to the message area of Zoom
    • Once logged in you will see a screen similar to the following linked document
    • If you are more than 5 minutes late to your online appointment, you may not be seen. 
    • If you do not responding to the Zoom Meeting  within 5 Minutes, we will mark you as "not attended" and will cancel the zoom meeting. So it is important that you are ready at your appointment time. 
    • If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will need to submit a new request to reschedule your appointment.
    • If you need to reschedule/cancel your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible by sending us a message via the VAC.

Quarter Holiday Closures

  • The Advising Office will be closed for the following University Holidays: 

    • Monday, January 20, 2020 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)
    • Monday, February 17, 2020 (Presidents' Day Holiday)
    • Friday, March 27, 2020 (César Chávez Holiday)
    • Monday, May 25, 2020 (Memorial Day Observance)
    • Friday, July 3, 2020 (Independence Day Observance)
    • Monday, September 7, 2020 (Labor Day Holiday)

Current UCSD Students

Current students are welcome to either come in for walk-in advising, to make an appointment via our Advising Google calendar, or to use the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) for Academic Advising questions related to the Undergraduate Program in Sociology. Please see the Advising Schedule above for our advising hours.

Please direct all online questions to the Virtual Advising Center (VAC). We do not conduct advising via email or over the phone. Emailed questions will be redirected to the VAC.

Incoming Freshman and Newly Admitted Transfer Students

Prospective Students