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Declaring & Advising


The Sociology Undergraduate Office is comprised of a dedicated student services team, including the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Undergraduate Program Coordinator & Major/Minor Advisor, Program Assistant, and student interns. Click on the drop-down sections below for information on undergraduate advising in Sociology. If you are unable to find an answer to your question, please email us socadvisor@umich.edu. We look forward to connecting and supporting you!

COVID-19: To keep our campus community safe, the Sociology Department is providing advising services via email discussions and virtual appointments

Major/Minor Advising Options & Resources

Declaring in Sociology

1. Students must complete a prerequisite course in Sociology with a C- grade or better to declare a major or minor.

The following courses are eligible to fulfill this requirement: SOC 100, 102, 300, or 302. Make sure you’ve completed one of these courses with the final grade posted before reaching out to declare.

Note that students should only take ONE prerequisite course (SOC 100, 102, 300, or 302); no credit will be granted for the second prerequisite course taken (the second course will have a “Not For Credit” designation on the transcript).

2. Carefully review requirements and
opportunities on this website.

The Sociology major, sub-plans, and minors each have a webpage with requirements outlined and comprehensive information sheets linked:

3. Email us at socadvisor@umich.edu with your specific major or minor declaration request.

If you would like to add the major, let us know whether or not you would like to add a sub-plan.

If you need to take courses reserved for majors like SOC 305 and SOC 310, please plan ahead with the timing of your request.

4. We will confirm receipt of your declaration request by email and declare you within a week.

You will receive a welcome email with digital "swag" and be added to our newsletter. Also double check Wolverine Access for your program change update.

Advising via Email

The undergraduate program staff will respond to your advising questions within 24-48 hours during business days via email at socadvisor@umich.edu

Check Your LSA Audit Checklist

The My LSA Audit Checklist is an easy-to-read degree progress audit. Check your audit regularly to make sure courses are populating correctly under requirement groups. It is important to make sure the audit is accurately reflecting your major/minor and degree completion progress.

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Major & Minor Releases

The department release is a required step for graduation. If you would like to request for a major or minor release, please fill out either a MAJOR Release Request or MINOR Release Request form, preferably in the term prior to your graduation term.

Upon submission, the department advisor will verify your remaining requirements and submit a release. You will receive an email copy of the release. If there are any concerns or questions, we will reach out to you.

Scheduled Advising Appointments

Schedule a phone call with a department advisor to discuss your major/minor progress, program requirements, course planning, transfer/study abroad credits, or department opportunities. New appointments are added on Wednesdays!

If you have questions regarding your LSA distribution requirements, college policies, or your overall academic standing, you should contact your general academic advisor (LSA Newnan, RC, CSP, Honors). For graduate school and career advising, please connect with the LSA Opportunity Hub or Career Center