Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Advising for Sociology Majors and Minors

Rachele Gartland M.Ed.
Sociology Undergraduate Student Advisors
807 University Hall, in the LAS Advising Center
601 S. Morgan Street MC 162 Chicago, IL 60607 

Rachele Gartland is the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor and is located on the Eighth Floor of University Hall in the LAS Advising Center.

All appointments are scheduled online. Please visit student.las.uic.edu to schedule an appointment.

Here are some of the occasions on which you should you see the Undergraduate Advisor:

  • When you are considering declaring a major or minor in Sociology
  • As soon as you formally declare a major or minor in Sociology
  • During the year before you intend to graduate from UIC
  • Any other time you have questions about selecting Sociology courses or your progress in  the Sociology program

Walk-in Advising Hours
Fall & Spring terms – walk-in’s for the first two weeks of the semester from 8:30am-11:30am & 1:00pm-4:00pm; week three until the end of the term walk-in’s are every Tuesday and by appointment for the remainder of the week.

Summer term: By appointment only no walk-in hour are available.

SOC Undergrads Email List

For updates on classes, departmental events, job posting and other opportunities, join the SOC Undergrads email list by emailing Tara Gordon at tarag@uic.edu.  Important information from the Undergraduate Advisor and Director of Undergraduate Studies will be sent to this list.

Declaring your Major/Minor in Sociology
In order to officially declare a major or minor, you will need to stop by the Third Floor of University Hall, in the LAS Advising Center and complete the declaration form.  LAS will then process this form.  The change/addition may take up to two semesters to finalize. During the processing period, you may enter Major Restricted courses (see below). In order to gain permission to enter these courses, you will need to speak to one of the three advisors listed above.

Major Restrictions
Certain courses in Sociology are restricted to majors only. Students who have completed paper major declaration forms may get permission for an over-ride to enroll in restricted courses. Minors who would like to take major restricted courses for their required electives should also see the Undergraduate Secretary for permission to enroll. Major Restricted courses include: SOC 296, SOC 298, SOC 496, and SOC 499

Courses in the Sociology department are filled on a first come, first served basis.  There is no waitlist system used for students who want to get into courses that are filled to capacity. If you are not sure which courses you need to register for, please see the advisor BEFORE your registration.  This will be to your advantage, as many classes will become filled during registration and the sooner that you get the classes you need, the better.

Transfer Courses
Admissions will handle most of the transfer issues for incoming students. However, sometimes certain courses will not appear correctly in your Degree Audit Report System (DARS) report and thus may not correctly meet major or minor requirements. In this case, the Undergraduate Advisor will review such courses (you may need to provide the descriptions and/or syllabi from your previous institution) and will recommend that the DARS office alter your DARS to distribute your previous credits into more suitable areas.

Study Abroad Course Credit
Students who would like to take Sociology courses as part of a Study Abroad experience should first consult with the Study Abroad Office to set up a plan of courses. Once you have chosen courses with the Study Abroad Office, you will need to see the Undergraduate Advisor with the appropriate documentation so that she can determine if the foreign courses meet the department's requirements. If so, they can be pre-approved using the study abroad course plan form.