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For updated information regarding advising during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19, visit our Advising Support & Updates During COVID-19 page.


The Sociology Academic Advising staff are available to provide advice and answers to questions about the Undergraduate Program in Sociology during advising by appointment, and online via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

We encourage students to contact us through VAC as much as possible for quick questions, or when the advising office is closed. 

Additional information, including specialization requirements (degree checks), and two to four year academic plans can be found in our Program information

 Video tutorial on how to use the Virtual Advising Center (CASP Resource)

Current students: Please note that that advising is only available through appointments or the VAC. Advising is not available over the telephone or e-mail. Current students who e-mail or call with advising questions will be directed to the VAC, or to schedule an advising appointment.

Prospective Students: If you are not yet a student at UCSD, please our prospective student information. Please review our Department Website, specifically the "Program Information" or "Transfer Information" tab prior to sending any remaining questions.

Newly Admitted Transfer Students: Please review the following Transfer Information page for Fall  course Recommendations and preparations.

Sociology Undergraduate Advisors: Brenda Gutierrez and Ray Reyes

Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 401. (In person advising is available by appointment only)
(See our Contact Us page for step by step directions and further maps)

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)

Office For Students With Disabilities

IMPORTANT!: If you are in need of disability accommodations please make sure you make an appointment with UCSD's Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) as soon as possible to ensure you receive your accommodations when the quarter begins. Please refer to OSD's page linked here:

About OSD: The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UC San Diego works with undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with documented disabilities, reviewing documentation and, through an interactive process with the student, determining reasonable accommodations that a student can use for their classes.

Disabilities can occur in the following areas: psychological, psychiatric, learning, attention, chronic health, physical, vision, hearing, acquired brain injuries, and autism, and may occur at any time during a student’s college career. We encourage you to contact the OSD as soon as you become aware of a condition that is disabling so that they can work with you.

Once OSD Accommodations have been established, please review to our information page on requesting Accommodations for Sociology courses.

Advising Schedule

Updates to Advising Schedule

  • COVID-19 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).
  • Advisors are available virtually via the Virtual Advising Center and via Zoom appointments for current students.
  • Review our Advising Support & Updates During COVID-19 page for updated advising guidelines.

Current Advising Schedule

  • Please see the button below to view our Advising Schedule.
  • At this time we are offering advising via the Virtual Advising Center or by Appointment only.
  • Students are always more than welcome to send their questions via the Virtual Advising Center if they cannot make it to appointments, or if there are no availabilities for their preferred appointment times.
  • If you have an urgent question, but are not able to schedule an immediate appointment, please direct your question to the Virtual Advising Center.

Additional Advising Notes

  • Please have all forms that require a signature, fully completed prior to your academic advising meeting.
  • This is a typical schedule but may fluctuate at times. Please check this Advising page for updates.

Signing Up for Appointments

Signing Up for Appointments:

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

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

Sign up for a Sociology Advising Zoom appointments through our Sociology Advising Google Appointment Calendar here: 

  • Please use your UCSD email for signing up for appointments, specify your PID, and include your reason for your request
  • Make sure to check the time zone that your Google Calendar is in. Our appointments are scheduled using PST. 
  • If appointments do not show up for your preferred times, this means they are taken and no longer available.
  • If you have an urgent question, but are not able to schedule an immediate appointment, please direct your question to the Virtual Advising Center.

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-
        • If you do not have access to a laptop/ Zoom capable device at current and want to speak with a Sociology Advisor please send a Virtual Advising Center (VAC) message to the Sociology Department and we'll assist you with alternate means
        • 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.
      • You can cancel a meeting in your Google calendar, that will also cancel the meeting on our Advising Google Calendar
      • 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
    • You will receive a confirmation within 1-3 business days prior to your appointment time containing your Zoom meeting Link. 
    • Besides t confirmation 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 a few 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. 

Signature Requests

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

  • Ensure your form is completely and correctly filled out prior to submission.

  • Information about filling in double major petition forms: 
    • When filling out the double major petition form, please do not list exact classes for Upper division electives, unless you have taken, or are currently enrolled in the course.
    • I.E. if you have not taken an UD course yet, please list "SOCI UD Elect” or “SOCI UD Conce Elect”, or "SOCI UD Methods" for the Subject Code, Course Number, and Title.
    • The reason for this is because we cannot guarantee that specific courses will be taught or available to fulfill the major requirements that you have not yet taken.
  • You may be contacted in the Virtual Advising Center to set up a Zoom appointment to go over your form if we have questions. Otherwise your form will be returned to you 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 forms please schedule a Zoom advising appointment.

Quarter Holiday Closures

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

    • New Year's Day
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on the third Monday in January
    • Presidents' Day, observed on the third Monday in February
    • César Chávez Day: observed on the last Friday in March
    • Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday in May
    • Juneteenth National Independence Day, June
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Veterans Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Friday after Thanksgiving
    • New Year's Eve

Current UCSD Students

Current students are welcome to make an appointment, or to send online questions via 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). Emailed questions will be redirected to the VAC.

Incoming Freshman and Newly Admitted Transfer Students

Welcome newly admitted students!

Visiting the site from Triton Day? Our slides are available here: Sociology Triton Day Sides

Visiting the site from Transfer Triton Day? Our slides are available here: Sociology Transfer Triton Day Slides

Please review our Undergraduate Program information page for an overview of the major. You can get in contact with Sociology Advising via New Triton Advising (NTA) in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) (this becomes available to students in the Summer).

  • Have more questions? Please e-mail us at
  • Current students- Please note, online advising questions for the Sociology Department are only answered through the VAC. We will not answer online questions from current students via e-mail, they will be re-directed to the VAC.

Prospective Students

Admissions to the undergraduate program at UC San Diego is administered by the Admission Office.

If you have specific questions regarding the Sociology program please review the information available online on our Major & Minor Requirements Page and our Transfer Page. For further questions please contact Sociology Advisors at

If you have questions not answered on this page or our FAQ page, you may submit a question via the Virtual Advising Centeror schedule an advising appointment. We do not answer advising questions via email or telephone.