The major in Sociology provides students with a comprehensive understanding of sociological theories and methodologies, as well as the research and analytical skills they need to work in and contribute to today's globally interconnected world. The major focuses on the globalized nature of our society and the intensification of inequalities and related demands for social justice.
SOC Courses That Meet General Education Requirements
SOC 101 counts both toward your major requirements and toward the Individual & Society General Education requirement.
Schedule an Advising Appointment
1. Review the Sociology Department Student Advising Guide for answers to your questions.
2. Learn about the Sociology major requirements that apply to you.
3. Use the Sociology Major Worksheet to find out which requirements you’ve met and which ones you still need.
How to Schedule a Meeting with an Advisor
1. Go to AdvisorTrac.
2. Log in with your John Jay email username (firstname.lastname) and password (the same as your John Jay email password).
4. To schedule an appointment, click “Search Availability” at the top of the page.
5. In the drop-down box, choose “ Sociology Department.”
6. Click the “Search” button to view available appointments. (Leaving the search options set to their default will provide you with the most available appointments.)
7. Click on a time slot that works with your schedule.
8. Select a REASON and save the appointment. The Welcome page will appear and show the appointment you have scheduled.
Major Advising in Summer/Winter
Registration and Major Holds
Sophomores with 45-59 credits may have a major hold placed on their registration. The hold will be removed when they have an appointment with a major advisor. This discussion will encourage wise planning and allow students to ask any questions they may have about the major.
How do you know if you have a major hold? Go to CUNYfirst and complete the following steps:
Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”
Click on “Advisement Required.”
See which type of advisement you need. If you must see a major advisor, then make a major advising appointment following the steps preferred by this department.
Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!
Students must take MAT 108 or MAT 141 before taking STA 250.
Students should take SSC 325 in their junior year.
Monitor Your Progress in the Major
DegreeWorks degree audit - Use this online planning tool to track your overall progress toward graduation. You will see which of your general education and major requirements are completed, in progress, or still needed. Refer to the DegreeWorks FAQs to better understand how to use this helpful tool. Note: be sure to confirm the accuracy of your degree audit with a general advisor and major advisor.
Sociology Major Worksheet - Fill out this printable worksheet to keep track of which major requirements you have completed and which ones you still need.
Sample Four Year Plan - See an example of how you could complete all your degree requirements (major, general education, electives) and graduate in four years! Remember that this sample plan shows just one possible way to combine your requirements. Transfer students in particular should work with advisors to determine a plan that works best for them.
Student Advising Guide - Look through this packet for in-depth information about Sociology major planning, opportunities that can enhance your college experience, and FAQs that address common questions and issues.
Meet with a General Academic Advisor
A General Academic Advisor will confirm what general academic requirements you still need, make suggestions about smart course planning that will help you graduate without delays, discuss your interest in adding a minor or second major, inform you about opportunities such as study abroad, discuss general questions and concerns, and make helpful referrals. Visit the Academic Advisement Center's webpage for more information.