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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 23, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Sociology Academic Advising


Undergraduate Academic Advising

**Academic Advising Office Hours for Fall 2014**

Undergraduate Academic Advisor: Dr. Glenda Wall

DAWB 5-128

socadvising@wlu.ca


Please note, weekly advising office hours will begin the week of October 6th, 2014. Advising will be done on a walk-in basis, and no appointment is necessary.


Weekly Advising Office Hours
Monday 10:30 - 12:00 pm & Thursday 12:30 - 2:00 pm


Note: Office hours for Monday, October 27th will be 11:30 - 1:00 pm instead of 10:30 - 12:00 pm.


To assist with expediting the advising meeting, please ensure you complete and bring with you to the meeting, a graduation checklist.



Appointments are not necessary!


If you cannot come in for advising, please email socadvising@wlu.ca. To receive a quick reply; the following information MUST be in the content of your email:


Student Name *Student ID Number * Contact Telephone Number *

Brief Description of your Question/Concern/Request

(this MUST be done from your Official Laurier E-mail Account)



If your question has not been answered after reviewing the FAQ Information/Links below, please be patient as email response times will range from 24 to 48 hours depending on demand during the busy registration season.


Thank you,

Department of Sociology


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FAQ:

HOW DO I REGISTER USING LORIS?

Students typically ask these questions during Registration. Visit the Registrar's Office page of FAQ about LORIS Registration.

 
IF A CLASS IS FULL, HOW DO I PUT MY NAME ON THE WAITLIST?

Waitlists are now available on LORIS. Waitlisting is a function in LORIS that allows you to be notified when a position opens in a course that is currently closed due to maximum enrolment having been attained. Please click here to find out how to use waitlisting.

IMPORTANT: Adding your name on the waitlist does not guarantee you a position in the course. You should consider an alternate course.

Once you have successfully waitlisted, and a spot opens up, you will receive an email to your Laurier account offering you a position in the course. You have 24 hours to enrol. After the 24 hour period, your position will expire.

Registration is done in a hierarchical manner: fourth year students pick first, then third year, then second year, and lastly non-majors. This means that while you may not get into all the courses you want in year two or three, in your fourth year you will have first choice.

 
WHAT COURSES DO I HAVE TO TAKE IN FIRST YEAR?

Students must complete SY 101 in first year, and usually take SY 102 (course open to sociology majors only) as well, though you may defer the course until the fall term of second year. Your other first year courses will be drawn from other departments and courses across the university and we recommend that you take a wide range of courses from different disciplines.

 
WHAT COURSES DO I HAVE TO TAKE IN 2ND, 3RD, AND 4TH YEAR?

Normally, students complete SY101 and SY102 in first year; SY203*, SY210, (or SY204*) If you have taken SY204*, you should not take SY210 (SY210 is an exclusion for this course), SY280, and SY281 in second year;  SY382, and SY387 or 388 or 389 (if you have taken SY387 or SY388, you should not take SY389 as it is an exclusion for both of these courses) in third year; 3 fourth year courses in fourth year. For a check-list of courses see graduation requirements.

 
HOW MANY SOCIOLOGY COURSES DO I NEED?

You require a total of 10 credits in Sociology for the Honours degree, and 7 credits in Sociology for the joint or combined Honours degree. You may take other courses as desired provided you have the prerequisites for that discipline. Refer to the checklist in graduation requirements.

 
HOW DO I SWITCH TO HONOURS SOCIOLOGY?

To enter the honours sociology programme you must first complete SY 101 and SY 102 with at least a C average (or 5 GPA). You must also have a minimum 5.0 GPA across all your courses. You can declare the major through LORIS using the Program Selection Form on the Registrar’s website.

 
WHAT DO I DO IF I DON’T MEET THE GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENT

If you do not have the GPA to declare the major, you can still take Sociology courses that are not restricted to majors and continue to take your other electives toward the completion of your degree. You can declare the major later, when you have earned the GPA required for the honours programme.

 
HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN GRADUATE?

You can use the Laurier GPA Calculator, perform a degree audit on LORIS, and you can use the graduation checklists.

 
CAN A COURSE I TAKE AS PART OF ANOTHER MAJOR COUNT?

This is called ‘double-counting’ and you may do this with any course that is approved for Sociology. You are advised to check with your other department/program to make sure you have their approval as well. Note: you only receive credit for the one course, even when it “counts” towards two program’s requirements.

 
MANAGEMENT OPTION: WITH WHOM DO I SPEAK?

Because you must complete a full 4 credits in the option, some of them at the first year level, students generally apply for the administration option when they apply for admission to WLU. For more information please refer to Management Option (formerly the Administration Option).

 
HOW DO I GET INTO CO-OP?

Students with a minimum 7.0 GPA can apply to enter CO-OP in second year. The first year of placements for Arts CO-OP takes place in the summer between 2nd and 3rd year. Students interested in CO-OP should speak with the department CO-OP Liaison Officer, Dr. Peter Eglin peglin@wlu.ca .

 
CAN I GO ON EXCHANGE TO ANOTHER UNIVERSITY?

Yes, it can be incredibly valuable to learn in a different country. Consult Laurier International to discuss procedures and available institutions.

 
CAN I TAKE COURSES AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY?

Yes, with what is called a “Letter of Permission” and you must seek permission in advance from the Sociology Undergrad Advisor and the Registrar’s Office. The courses must NOT overlap with something you have taken here at Laurier, and there is a minimum acceptable grade to transfer credits to Laurier. The applicable forms and instructions are available from the Office of the Registrar.

 
WHAT KIND OF A JOB CAN I GET WITH A DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY?

Like most Arts majors, Sociology prepares students for a wide variety of careers. The skills you take with you after our degree are applicable across sectors. To get advice about how to identify and market the skills you have been acquiring throughout your Sociology degree, visit the Career Centre on campus. Potential careers may be found in Careers in Sociology.