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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300


Sociology Advisors can assist you with registration issues, career/graduate school planning, University policies and procedures, and locating resources. We see students on a walk-in basis year-round and can also schedule appointments except during the busy registration and add/drop periods.

Advising Audits

One of the best tools for advising is an advising audit. This is a computer-generated list of all your classes, as they apply to your degree plan. They are available anytime with a 24 hour advance notice.

You may also create and view your audits online using IDA, the Interactive Degree Audit. This option is available at all UT computers which have utACCESS, and you may also access IDA via ROSE.

Advising Bars

As a Sociology major, you will have an advising bar placed on your record when either of the following conditions exist:

  • You are new to the major
  • You are on scholastic probation or have more than one major (the other major may place the bar)

Advising bars are not disciplinary measures! They are simply a tool we use to ensure students who can best benefit from advising actually take the time to come into our office.

Advising bars are placed on your record just before registration. To get an advising bar removed, you must come in person for advising in our office (we will not remove a bar over the phone).

Other Advising Issues

Adding a closed class

Sociology uses the online Wait List System to manage enrollments. We recommend that all students add themselves to wait list whenever possible and periodically check to make sure that there is a clear path to add the wait list courses if your turn comes up. For students who have extraordinary circumstances or who wish to add a class beginning on the 5th class day, we have a petition process. All petitions are reviewed by advisors and faculty.

Restricted courses

Certain SOC courses are restricted to SOC majors ONLY; students must have officially declared the major to add any of these courses. These include SOC 317L, SOC 317M and SOC 379M at all times, as well as some upper division courses during the early registration periods. For these courses you MUST have SOC listed as your major, or as a simultaneous major if you have more than one. Other courses, including independent studies and honors courses, require departmental approval to add. If you are officially declared as a SOC major and have difficulties adding restricted SOC courses, please see a SOC advisor.

How do I declare Sociology as my major or add a second major?

You can make this change at Liberal Arts, GEB 2.200. College changes and simultaneous majors do not take effect until the following semester, so you should keep a copy of your paperwork for registration purposes.

Academic difficulties

If you are in academic distress, you should see your academic advisor immediately . You will have more options to resolve any academic concerns early in the semester rather than near the end. Also be sure to talk to your instructor and/or TA if your problem involves a particular course. If you are on scholastic probation, you should plan to visit your advisor regularly to ensure that you will make sufficient academic progress. You must see an advisor if you are on scholastic probation and are enrolled in less than 12 hours in fall or spring semester (or drop below 12 hours during the semester.

Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Advisor

Debbie Rothschild
M-F 9-12, 1-4
CLA 1.216
(512) 232-6344
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Undergraduate Advisor--Faculty

Ronald Angel
CLA 3.530
(512) 232-6315
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Alpha Kappa Delta and Honors Advisor--Faculty

Penny Green
CLA 3.602
(512) 232-6306
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Advising Office

Office Hours Monday - Friday
9am-12pm, and 1pm-4pm

Liberal Arts Building (CLA) 1.216
305 E 23rd St
Austin, TX 78712-1086

(512) 232-6344 phone
(512) 471-1748 fax
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