Applying to the Sociology Major

The Sociology major is non-capacity constrained major; if you meet our admissions requirements, you will be accepted. Students in the major have priority access to the program’s upper-division seminars and many of our more popular classes. The Sociology Department welcomes applicants to the major every quarter, including Summer. 

Deadlines and Requirements

Applications are due by 4:00 PM on the following dates:

Winter Quarter 2020: Friday, January 10
Spring Quarter 2020: Friday, April 3
Summer Quarter 2020: Friday, June 26
Autumn Quarter 2020: Friday, October 9

The requirements for admission to the Sociology major are as follows:

  1. Completion of at least one 5 credit Sociology course
  2. Completion of – or enrollment in – SOC 300 the quarter for which the application is filed
  3. Overall UW Sociology GPA 2.50
  4. Overall UW GPA 2.00

Applicants are typically notified of admissions decisions two weeks after the application deadline. New Major Orientation takes place on Wednesday afternoon, the week following notification. Students considering the Sociology major are encouraged to make an advising appointment to discuss their interests. Our advising team is always happy to meet with prospective majors.

Transfer Students

If you have completed or are completing Sociology courses at a community or technical college, you can see how these credits will transfer to UW by consulting the UW Equivalency Guide

Transfer grades are considered in the admissions process to the Sociology major. Once you are admitted into the major, your transfer credits may fulfill some of the major requirements. However, transfer grades will not apply to your UW Sociology GPA. A minimum of 25 UW Sociology credits are needed to fulfill the Sociology major requirements.

How to Apply

Step 1: Download and print the Sociology Major Application for Winter 2020. Fill in the requested information and use it as a cover sheet for your application materials.

Step 2: Print an unofficial copy of your transcript via MyUW.

Step 3:  Print a copy of your Sociology Degree Audit (DARS). Go here: myplan.uw.edu/dars NOTE: Use any browser except Chrome.

Step 4:  Include your brief (1-2 page double-spaced) personal statement as prompted by the application.

Step 5: Submit your materials in the order indicated in steps 2-4 by the deadline to the Sociology Advising Office, Savery Hall 203.