Sociology Advising FAQs

Student Academic Services has an excellent advising FAQ here: We strongly recommend students review these FAQs as well as the ones on this page.


How do I find out who my advisor is?

If you don’t know who your advisor is, log into myUSF. Navigate to the Degree Evaluation screen. Your advisor will be listed at the top of the page.

What are my advisor’s office hours?

Office hours are always listed on the individual faculty member’s web site. You can find all sociology faculty listed here: Click on the faculty member’s name to get to their personal page where their office hours are listed.

How do I set up a meeting with my advisor?

Office hours are drop-in, meaning you can stop by to see your advisor anytime you like during their office hours. You can also make an appointment with your advisor if their office hours conflict with your schedule. You should email or call your advisor directly to make an appointment; the program assistant does not make advising appointments. During registration, when advising is heaviest, your advisor may have a different process set up to see students. The program assistant will always inform you what that process is prior to registration.

What if my advisor is on leave or not available when I want to see them?

You are free to see any of the other faculty advisors if your advisor is not available. All faculty advisors back each other up.

What do I do if I want to change advisors?

If you wish to change advisors, let the program assistant know; you’re free to switch at any time. There are a few faculty who do not advise, but most of them do.

Major/Minor Requirements

What are the requirements for the major?

Please go here to download a major checklist, which outlines all of the requirements for the Sociology major: Major Checklist

What are the requirements for the minor?

Please go here to download a minor checklist, which outlines all of the requirements for the Sociology minor: Minor Checklist

What is a sociology emphasis?

An emphasis in sociology allows students to cluster their electives around a particular area of interest. Sociology majors can declare an emphasis in the following areas: Criminology, Law and Society; Urbanization and Environment; Globalization and Development; Feminism, Gender and Sexuality; Race and Ethnicity; or Education. An emphasis requires that you select at least four electives that fulfill that emphasis’s requirements. You can learn all about our emphases by going here:

Are there any courses I have to take in a particular order?

Yes! Please see below.

Take SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology before any of these courses: SOC 302 Global Inequalities and Social Justice; SOC 304 U.S. Inequalities and Social Justice; SOC 306 Sociological Theory; SOC 308 Research Methods; SOC 450 Sociology Capstone Seminar; and SOC 410 Honors Thesis Workshop.

Take an approved statistics course before SOC 308 Research Methods. Approved statistics courses include: MATH 101 Elementary Statistics, MATH 102 Biostatistics, MATH 105 Mathematics for Educators, MATH 106 Business Statistics, or PSYCH 260 Psychological Statistics.

Take SOC 306 Sociological Theory and SOC 308 Research Methods before SOC 450 Sociology Capstone Seminar or SOC 410 Honors Thesis Workshop.

Recommended: While not required, it is strongly recommended you take SOC 306 Sociological Theory before SOC 308 Research Methods.

Do I need a certain number of upper division credits to fulfill the major and minor?

Yes. You must take at least 16 upper division credits to fulfill the sociology major and 8 upper division credits to fulfill the minor. These upper division credits must be taken at USF; transfer courses do not count towards this requirement.

Do you have any examples of student schedules I can look at?

We do! This document shows possible schedules for freshman students and two scenarios for transfer students: Sociology Sample Schedules.

Graduation Requirements

How many credits do I need to graduate?

Students need a total of 128 credits to graduate. The 128 credits include 44 Core Curriculum credits, 44 sociology major credits, and 40 general elective credits (which includes three semesters of a language).

Please note that if a student takes a class twice--passing both times--only one of those classes will count towards the 128 credits. For example, if a student takes a rhetoric class and gets a D, they will have to repeat the course as they need a minimum grade of C- to fulfill the Core rhetoric requirement. Only one of the rhetoric courses will officially count towards fulfilling the 128 credits requirement. This is automatically factored into the Degree Evaluation total credits information, but only after the second class's grades have been posted. Meaning, if the student checks the credits they still have to earn to graduate, the proper number will display only after they have passed the second class. This can be very confusing, so any student who finds themselves in this situation should go to CASA on UC 3rd floor to verify what they need to graduate.

I’m a transfer student. How many credits do I have to take at USF to graduate?

Students must take at least 45 units at USF, with the last 30 credits at USF taken consecutively.

How do I file for graduation?

You can file after earning 90 or more units. Go here to start the process:

Is there a minimum GPA required to graduate?

Yes. Students must have a minimum 2.0 average in the major and a 2.0 average cumulative GPA to graduate.

Transfer Student Questions

I took a class at my transfer institution that I think should count towards the sociology major/minor. How do I go about getting it approved?

Only the chair of the Sociology Department can approve transfer course requests. The Department chair is currently Stephanie Sears. Please drop in during her office hours to have your course assessed. Her office hours are posted here.

The Department approved a transfer course for the sociology major/minor, but it’s not showing up online. What’s wrong?

Certain paperwork/procedures must be completed when a transfer class is approved for the major/minor, so there is often a lag between our approving a transfer course and it showing up correctly online. If you are worried about a particular course, check with the Department’s program assistant as to its status.

Some of my transfer courses transferred over at less than 4 credits per class. How does this affect my fulfilling the sociology major/minor?

As long as you earn a total of 44 credits in the sociology major (or 20 credits in the sociology minor) and fulfill all of the required and elective course requirements, you will earn your degree. For example, if a sociology major has an Introduction to Sociology course transfer in as 3 credits, they will need to earn 41 more credits to fulfill the major’s requirements. Twenty of those 41 credits will be earned when they finish the major’s required courses:

• Writing in Sociology (4 credits)
• U.S. or Global Inequalities and Social Justice (4 credits)
• Sociological Theory (4 credits)
• Research Methods (4 credits)
• Capstone or Honors (4 credits)

The remaining 21 credits will be earned by taking sociology electives. Note that students have the option of doing a directed study for 1, 2, 3, or 4 credits, as long as they fulfill certain requirements and get a faculty member to oversee their directed study. Please see the Sociology program assistant for more details.