Advising

Advising Office

909 Social Sciences Building
socadvis@umn.edu (preferred)
612-624-4300

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Welcome to our Department's undergraduate advising page!  Our role is to guide you through the process of completing the requirements for a sociology major, minor, or the Population Studies minor. Questions or concerns associated with navigating our programs are encouraged. In addition to helping you plan your major and minor requirements, the advising office also provides information about internships, scholarships, and other useful university services.

Our office works on a mixture of scheduled appointments and email to help serve our students. You may also find the CLA Student Services and Advising Office helpful when planning College of Liberal Arts requirements, exploring major and minor options, and looking for commencement information.  We can declare minors (Sociology, Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Justice, or Population Studies) via email. 

To Schedule an Appointment

See our current openings and schedule an appointment. When booking an appointment be sure to use your U of M email (x500) and change the title from 'Open Appt' to your name and any details about the appointment you'd like to share with us before we meet with you. 

All appointments are virtual and are hosted via Zoom. We will create the Zoom meeting shortly before we are to meet and update the calendar invitation with the details. With a mix of work from home (WFH) and in person, Zoom continues to be the modality for advising appointments.

Declare a Major

Schedule a meeting with our advisor or attend a declaration session to declare your major in sociology or sociology of law, criminology, and justice. Read more about how to declare your major here. We do not declare majors via email.

Declare a Minor

Fill out the Minor Declaration Form and email it to socadvis@umn.edu. To declare a minor in public health, email us the completed PubH planning form at the Public Health Minor Advising account - details on the Public Health Minor site. Students are encouraged to declare their minor early, there are no pre-requisites to declaring either of the Sociology minors, the Population Studies Minor, or the Public Health Minor.  

Undergraduate Resources

Check our Undergraduate Resources site for a database of current volunteer, internship, scholarship, research, and employment opportunities that are specific to the Department of Sociology. This site is updated weekly.

Advising Staff

Our Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising Bobby Bryant can help:

  • make updates to your program plan (e.g., APAS updates)
  • review course prerequisites, registration, or other questions about sociology courses
  • answer your Capstone (Soc 4966W) and Honors Proseminar Sequence questions
  • discuss your learning abroad or off-campus options

  • discuss relevant career, internship, job, and other post-undergraduate opportunities

Our Peer Advisor Clare Peterson can help:

  • answer questions about your academic interests, major and supporting coursework, and program plan
  • discuss extracurricular opportunities available for sociology undergraduates
  • answer questions about the Capstone and other Sociology-related classes