Undergrad FAQ

Section 1

To successfully receive a degree in Sociology, students will need to complete 32 hours of Sociology credit.

These 32 hours are broken down into 3 areas: core, advanced, and elective requirements. Sociology core requirements consist of: SOC 100 (Introduction to Sociology), SOC 200 (Introduction to Sociological Theory), SOC 280 (Introduction to Statistics) or an acceptable substitute, SOC 380 (Social Research Methods), and an advanced methods class (select one: 480, 481, 485, or 488). Sociology advanced requirements consists of 12 hours of 300 and/or 400 level courses; 7 of 12 hours will be satisfied by the completion of the methods sequence mentioned in the core requirement. Sociology elective courses consist of a minimum of 9 hours of 100 and/or 200 level hour courses. The following link will direct you to a .pdf copy of the unofficial checklist of Sociology degree: http://www.sociology.illinois.edu/documents/UnofficialChecklistrevised2013.pdf

To successfully receive a minor in Sociology, students will need to complete 18 hours of Sociology credit. These 18 hours are broken down into 3 areas: core, advanced, and elective requirements. Sociology core requirements consists of SOC 100 (Introduction to Sociology), SOC 200 (Introduction to Sociological Theory), and SOC 280 (Introduction to Social Statistics) or an acceptable substitute. For the advanced level requirements, students need to complete 6 hours of 300 or 400 levels of Sociology course credit. Finally, students need to complete between 3-6 credits of 100 or 200 levels of Sociology course credit.

In the spirit of an interdisciplinary approach, Sociology majors need to complete 12 hours outside the major and either within one area or a logically grouped focus. This supporting coursework consists of a set of courses which are cohesively grouped, and which reflect, or support a student's interests outside of the Sociology Department. Students should being planning and completing their supporting coursework no later than their sophomore year. Restrictions on courses that cannot be used for supporting coursework are the following:

  • Sociology department courses
  • Courses cross-listed in Sociolgy
  • Applied art courses, such as music, art, or recreation
  • Courses that satisfy the foreign language requirement

There are generally five ways to plan a cohesive set of supporting course:

  1. Take 12 hours of courses in one department
  2. Assemple a cohesive package of 12 hours of coursework
  3. Use courses taken towards a minor
  4. Use courses taken towards an interdisciplinary minor
  5. Use courses taken towards the completion of a double major

Note: You must see a Sociology advisor early in your Junior year for formal approval of your supporting coursework on your Major Plan of Study Form

Yes. The minimum GPA requirement (including transfer work) for Sociology is a 2.0. In order to graduate, your GPA in the major must be a 2.0 or above, and your overall GPA must be 2.0 or above.

The Study Abroad Office offers over 400 study abroad programs that range in duration from short (3-15 weeks) to long (whole academic year) term. More specifically, the Sociology Department sponsors trips to Leuven, Belgium. For more information about the large array of study abroad programs sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Study Abroad Office click on the following: http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/

All "Study Abroad Course Approval Summary Forms" are processed in the Sociology Advising office located in Lincoln Hall Room 3070. To help expedite the course articulation process, you must attach a course description and/or syllabus, in the English language, along with your course approval form. If your approval summary form is submitted without a course description or syllabus, the form will be returned to you without approval and it subsequently delays the course articulation process.

Yes. Sociology faculty members are eager and excited to engage undergraduate students with their original research or existing faculty research. Please consult with a Sociology advisor on how to pursue research opportunities with Sociology faculty.

An internship is a supervised on-the-job learning experience related to a student's career interest.

The Sociology advising office coordinates an internship fair during the fall semester. Locally based organizations, which actively seek out Sociology majors, provide information about their organization and internship opportunities. For the past couple of years, the number of organizations and student participants has been steadily growing.

Yes. You can earn up to 6 credits of SOC 400 while gaining internship experience. Sociology 400 is the Sociology Department's internship course. If you secure an opportunity to be involved in an internship, you and a faculty member can develop a program of study and research related to the internship.

Undergraduate students who receive a degree in Sociology pursue a wide range of career professions. Recent Sociology graduates pursue a variety of career paths such as the following: legal, health, international relations, business, media, education, and international studies. In an increasingly globally diverse, interconnected, and interdependent 21st century labor market, the skills highly valued by employers consist of innovation, creativity, critical thinking, analytic problem-solving, global understanding, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. This highly prized professional skill set is nourished and cultivated in the Sociology Department through structured opportunities such as: academically rigorous curriculum, department sponsored study abroad programs, faculty-student research opportunities, internship course, and Sociology organizations.

In order to achieve distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction, a sociology major must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed SOC 490 or 495


  • Attain a UIUC GPA of 3.25 or higher

If both of these requirements are met, then the MAJOR GPA distributes as follows:

  • 3.25 - Distinction
  • 3.50 - High Distinction
  • 3.75 - Highest Distinction

Yes. The Sociology Department proudly sponsors Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD). AKD is an international Sociology honor society, which promotes the scientific study of society, encourages scholarship, and fosters fellowship among undergraduate and graduate Sociology students. Sociologist Emory S. Bogardus founded AKD in 1920 at the University of Southern California.

To be eligible for AKD membership, the following requirements must be met:

  • Sociology major
  • Completed 60 hours (Junior status)
  • Completed 4 Sociology courses
  • Have a Sociology GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or better

At the start of the semester registration, we allocate a certain amount of seats to the general student population. A majority of seats, however, are reserved for only Sociology majors. If you are a non-Sociology major, you will need to wait until the major restriction is lifted. The major restriction is usually lifted after all registration time periods have begun. We plan to advertise the release date of any remaining seats on the course schedule and Sociology website. We would like to encourage you to continue to review course enrollment as the semester unfolds because students add and drop courses continuously. For more information on course restrictions, please contact the Sociology advising office at soc-advising@illinois.edu

If a section or course is closed, we do not plan on releasing any additional seats. No exceptions will be made regardless of the circumstances. Due to limited space, we are restricted on the number of seats we can offer students. We encourage you to ask the Sociology Advising office if the course will be offered the following semester.

Yes - however, it is your responsibility to check BEFORE you take a course elsewhere to see if the course will transfer to University of Illinois. Before submitting your course information, we encourage you to review if the course is transferrable to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by visiting the following website: www.transfer.org. Once you've completed the course, please follow the guidelines outlined by the Office of the Registrar for submitting transcripts to U of I: http://www.registrar.illinois.edu/transcripts/transfer_credit.html

In order to graduate, you must notify the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of your intent. This is done at the same time that you register for your final semester of classes through the student registration system (Enterprise). If, for some reason, you do not do so by the tenth (10) day of class, contact your Admissions/Records Officer. Otherwise, your name will not be added to the pending degree list, and the date of your degree award and diploma will be delayed.

Special Note: Submitting your intent to graduate does not automatically register you for the commencement and convocation ceremonies. You will need to register for commencement/convocation ceremonies separately.

Second step is Certifying Your Degree: The University establishes a degree certification date following the completion of each term. If you are on the graduation list you must complete all degree requirements--including requirements to formally announce your candidacy for a degree--by the degree certification date for that term.

In order to participate in commencement and convocation ceremonies, you will need to register for the ceremonies at the following website: http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/graduation/convocation/

Note: Signing up for the commencement/convocation ceremony does not signify your intent to graduate and receive your diploma. You must delcare your intent to graduate separately.

Nicole Holtzclaw-Stone, Ph.D., is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Sociology. In addition to her academic advising duties, Professor Holtzclaw-Stone teaches several courses in the Department of Sociology (e.g., SOC 160, SOC 400, SOC 199).

Contact Information
Email: holtzcla@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 300-1001

Ms. Carlie Fieseler, Academic Advisor

Contact Information
Email: soc-advising@illinois.edu
Phone: 217-333-4903

Sociology Advising Hours

Monday-Friday: 3-4:30pm Walk-In Hours

Walk in meetings will include (15 minutes or less):

  • Late Add forms
  • Add/drop forms
  • Minor forms
  • Late Course Add/Section Change/Credit Change Forms
  • Minor Modification Forms
  • Major Plans of Study Modification Form
  • Independent Study Form

Monday-Friday: 9am-12 and 1-3pm by appointment only

Appointments will cover (30 minutes):

  • Satisfactory Appeal Progress Forms (Financial Aid)
  • Major Plans of Study
  • Course Selection/ Schedule
  • Post-Graduation Discussions (career/ graduate school)
  • Opportunities for student involvement in RSOs, SOC CLUB, AKD
  • Study Abroad

Please feel free to contact the SOC Advising Office at either soc-advising@illinois.edu or (217) 333-4903. The SOC Advising Office is located in Lincoln Hall Room 3070