The mission of the Sociology Undergraduate Advising Office is to assist both prospective and declared majors to graduate with a Sociology B.A. or minor in a timely and meaningful manner. The undergraduate student advisor can provide guidance and advice about the Sociology major and minor, possible career paths, class selection, and graduate school. The undergraduate advisor also assists with major declarations, minor and certificate verifications, and the completion of graduation paperwork including Goldenrod Forms and Graduation Plans.
Advising is an important part of college success. There are numerous general education and degree course requirements for successful completion of a Bachelor's degree. Many instructors can assist with this understanding, but advising can be most helpful through academic planning and problem-solving. If you encounter problems, be sure to see your advisor for help in finding a solution.
|Advisor||Dr. Barbara Joyce|
|Office||Saunders 248 (across from the elevators)|
|Hours|| MWF 1:30-2:30, 3:00-4:00
Tuesdays 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00
Changes due to meetings or others obligations are posted on the Advising Office door.
There are two ways to declare your major in Sociology.
If you want more information about the Sociology Major, or if you are a new major or planning to declare Sociology as your major, review The Sociology Major and meet with the Undergraduate Advisor as soon as possible.
For a complete list of Sociology courses, see the UHM Online Course Catalog.
Learning how to write well is a very important part of your college education, which is why five Writing Intensive courses are included in the focus requirements. Writing well includes learning to use the appropriate format for your papers and the appropriate style for citations and references. That information is contained in the Style Guides below.
(Text compiled from the UHM 2013-2014 Catalog).
The best thing you can do for yourself is to develop an academic plan early in your college career. By meeting with your advisors and making an academic plan, you can see where you are confused about the requirements and where you have clarity. You can chart your Personal Academic Trajectory (PAT), and watch yourself proceed, semester by semester, toward achieving your goal of attaining a great education that culminates in you receiving the prize that both symbolizes and honors your academic achievements – your diploma!
Information about careers and graduate school opportunities for graduates with a BA in Sociology can also help you with your planning. See The Sociology Major for that information.
New students are required to see an advisor at least once each semester for their first four semesters. Transfer students are required to see an advisor at least once during each of their first two semesters. These advising sessions are opportunities for new and transfer students to learn about UH Mānoa, graduation requirements, and the services that are available to students through UH Mānoa, the College of Social Sciences, and the Sociology Department. It is also a time for students to develop their individual Personal Academic Trajectory (PAT).
Students who have not declared a major should visit the Manoa Advising Center
The College of Social Sciences ACCESS advisors are located in Dean Hall, Room 2. The services they provide include:
Students who intend to declare a major in the College of Social Sciences (CSS) or who have already declared a CSS major can meet with the ACCESS advisors.
There are planning tools available to you as you construct your Personal Academic Trajectory (PAT). Check out the Program Sheets and the Templates that are available here as well as at the Advising Office.
At the beginning of your college career, you have at least 120 credits to “spend,” and you should spend them wisely to obtain a great education, one that will serve you well in terms of a rewarding and meaningful future. Options for using your credits wisely include:
Completing a double major is simple, especially if both majors are in the College of Social Sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Communications, Economics, Geography, Journalism, Psychology, and Women's Studies).
A B.A. degree requires at least 120 total credits, and a double major can be completed by completing approximately 60 of those credits in the major fields. None of the major courses may be double-dipped; the requirements of each major must be met independently.
In addition to the option of completing a double major, another wise way to “spend your credits” is to obtain a minor in a discipline that is either related to your major or of special interest to you. A minor is available in Sociology. A list of other departments that offer minors available here. None of your minor courses may be double-dipped with your major courses.
A certificate may also be a wise way to “spend your credits.” A certificate indicates that you have some depth of knowledge in that specific discipline, and it can be used to complement the knowledge you gain in your major field or to complement that knowledge is another area that will enhance your career potential. For a list of the departments that offer certificates, go here. None of the courses that are used for a certificate may be double-dipped with a major or minor.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Law and Society allows students who have an academic or pre-professional interest in legal education, socio-legal studies, criminology, and law-enforcement the chance to explore legal phenomena from different disciplinary perspectives. Instructors are drawn, from the fields of anthropology, economics, Hawaiian studies, history, law, philosophy, political science, sociology, and women’s studies.
This certificate program is designed to provide a multidisciplinary framework to enhance studies within cultural and social science fields. None of the courses that are used for a certificate may be double-dipped with a major or minor.
For more information about this certificate, see the Political Science Department's website.
As the lives of people around the world become more and more interconnected, it is important for students to obtain a global perspective to understand the relationship between personal, local, national, and international points of view. The experience of a semester abroad will help you to develop a global perspective far better than learning about another culture or society in a classroom ever could.
For information about the marvelous programs that are available for International Studies click here.
The Office of Student Engagement of the College of Social Sciences helps students obtain Internships. Internships provide valuable experiences that bridge the gap between college and careers, and they are great additions to students’ resumes!
The Manoa Political Internships are golden opportunities. Not only are they exciting, interesting, and educational, they come with benefits: tuition waivers, stipends, and in the case of the U.S. Congress, the internship includes airfare and more. There are five different internship locations:
Click here for more information about these fabulous internship possibilities.
The Mānoa Career Center also has internship opportunities. They are all paid internships, and while they do not carry course credits, an internship is a Gold Star on a resume. The Mānoa Career Center is also the place to go for assistance with your resume, cover letters, and interviewing skills!
One to two semesters before you graduate, you need to complete some very important paperwork, including your:
Your Goldenrod is used to verify your completion of the requirements for your Sociology major. Complete the first page of the Goldenrod and bring it to the Advising Office for the necessary signature. (Forms are also available at the Advising Office.)
Your Minor or Certificate Verification Form is used to verify your completion of the requirements for your minor or certificate. Complete the first part of that form and bring it to the Advising Office for the necessary signature. (Forms are also available at the Advising Office.)
Your Graduation Plan is a list of the courses you are currently taking and those you will take during your remaining semesters at UH-Mānoa. It includes the general education and focus requirements that remain to be completed as well as any major, double major, minor, or certificate courses that you will be completing. That form as well as your Goldenrod and your Minor or Certificate Verification form are submitted to the ACCESS Advising Office in Dean Hall, Room 2 for their review.
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