Advising/advisor information; graduation requirements

Majors and Minors
Once a student has been approved by the Arts & Sciences Advising Center as a sociology major or minor, A&S Advising will forward the student’s file to the Department of Sociology, after which the student will receive a formal letter of acceptance (via email) from Dr. Jonetta Weber, Director of Academic Services and undergraduate advisor. Once the student has received this letter, he/she may contact Dr. Weber to schedule an advising appointment at or (502) 852-8028.

While sociology majors (and minors) are not required to see an advisor each semester for approval of their course schedules, they are encouraged to contact the advisor with questions or concerns. Meeting with an advisor can ensure the appropriate selection of courses and provide an opportunity to discuss any problems.

Students who have reached senior status (have earned at least 90 credit hours) are encouraged to meet with the undergraduate advisor, Dr. Jonetta Weber, at the beginning of their senior year to discuss the final courses needed to graduate and to review their preliminary degree check, a document detailing the student's remaining courses, including any general electives, needed for completion of the student's degree.

To request a preliminary degree check, submit the online form at The degree check will be mailed directly to the student (and copied to Dr. Weber) from the A&S Advising Center.

To graduate, students must have (a) earned the minimum total hours required for their degree; (b) earned at least 50 credit hours at the 300+ level; and (c) earned a 2.0 GPA in sociology and a 2.0 overall.

To apply for graduation, students must complete a "degree application" in ULink (ULink > Student Services > Registration/Student Services > Degree Application). The application period for summer is April 15 – June 8; for fall, August 20 – September 14; and for spring, November 15 - January 28. All degree candidates, whether or not participating in commencement, must apply for their degrees by the deadlines. Those missing the deadline should contact A&S Advising at (502) 852-5502.

In their last semester, graduating students will also be required to either submit their research proposal from SOC 303 and complete an exit exam on Blackboard (covering general information from the core courses in sociology) for department assessment purposes. Students will be notified by Dr. Weber prior to their graduation about the specifics of this requirement.

Once approved for graduation, students will receive notification and can then find commencement information (including information on cap/gown, invitations, and diplomas) at

Undecided Students
Although students who have not been approved by A&S Advising as sociology majors cannot receive formal advising from the undergraduate advisor in Sociology, any student who has not declared his/her major in sociology but is interested in talking with the Sociology advisor should contact Dr. Jonetta Weber at or (502) 852-8028.