Advising FAQs

Welcome to the Department's Advising FAQs page.

If your question isn't answered here, please ask your advisor or the department chair.

Questions About My Faculty Advisor

Questions About Transferring Courses to UW-La Crosse

Questions About Declaring the Pre-Major in Archaeological Studies and Major in Sociology

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Questions About Minors in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice.

Questions About Registration/Overrides for Classes

Questions About Course Grade Appeals

Questions About Internships

Questions About Career Options

Questions About Graduate School

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Questions About My Faculty Advisor

How do I know who my faculty advisor is? You can check to see who you've been assigned as your faculty advisor through Talon.  Alternatively, you can stop by the department and ask the program assistant.  

When am I supposed to meet with my faculty advisor? You should meet with your faculty advisor before you register for courses each semester. Although you receive your SNAP in your student email account, you should still see your advisor each semester to make sure you meet prerequisites and take courses in the proper sequence.


Questions About Transferring Courses to UW-La Crosse

If I'm transferring from another university with some general education courses, will these satisfy some of my general education requirements at UW La Crosse? You should make an appointment with the department chair and bring a copy of the syllabus from the other university. If the course is similar to the one taught at UWL, the general education course from another university can usually be transferred.  You can also check out the UW Transfer Information System to get a good idea of how courses will transfer.

If I'm transferring with a sociology/archaeology/anthropology/criminal justice course from another university, will this course satisfy the Department requirement at UW La Crosse? You should make an appointment with the department chair and bring a copy of the syllabus from the other university. If the course is similar to the one taught in the department at UWL, the course from another university can usually be transferred as the equivalent SOC/ARC/ANT course.

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Questions About Declaring the Pre-Major in Archaeological Studies and Major in Sociology

What are the requirements for declaring the pre-ARC major?  To register as a pre-major in Archaeological Studies, you must first declare your intention by filling out a form at the College of Liberal Studies office.  If the available slots for the pre-major/major are filled, priority is assigned on the date you submitted the form, so the sooner you declare the major the better. 

Prior to the application for the major, the following archaeology courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.00: ARC 195, ARC 200, and two additional 200- or 300-level archaeology courses.  These courses will apply toward the major after acceptance into the program.  Additionally, students must have completed at least 32 total credits with a minimum GPA of 2.50 for all university work and then complete the Archaeological Studies Major application form in order to become an Archaeological Studies Major.  Admittance to the program may be limited and competitive.  Prior to satisfying the requirements, students pursuing the Archaeological Studies Major will be designated as Pre-ARC majors. 

How do I go about declaring a major in Sociology? In order to declare a sociology major, you must complete a major declaration form in the College of Liberal Studies Office.  Students declaring sociology as a major should take SOC 110 as soon as possible, since it is a pre-requisite for most of the other sociology major requirements. Once you have declared, you will also be able to register for some classes that are restricted to majors/minors only.


Questions About Minors in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

How do I declare a minor in SOC/ANT/CJ?  In order to declare a minor in any of these programs, you need to go to College of Liberal Studies Office and complete a "change of minor" form. There are no minimum requirements for declaring a minor in any of these three programs. See the following links for more information on declaring a minor in sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice

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Questions About Registration/Overrides for Classes

What if the class I want is filled? Can I get an override? Each instructor in the department handles overrides differently. Some instructors keep waiting lists, others give preference to majors and/or seniors, while others ask you to come the first day of class. Your best bet is to contact the instructor of the course directly to determine the appropriate method for obtaining an override. 

How do I register for classes that require permission? Some courses, such as SOC 409, SOC 410, SOC 450, ANT/ARC 479, and ANT/ARC 499 require instructor consent and you cannot register for those courses online. If you are interested in a course that requires permission, you can pick up forms and instructions in the department office or talk to a faculty member about the process.


Questions About Course Grade Appeals

A student who strongly feels his or her semester grade in a course taught by the department is demonstrably improper or that the grading was prejudicial or capricious, should first confer promptly with the instructor[s] of the course.

If the student and the instructor[s] are unable to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution, the student may appeal the case, within one month after the start of the next semester, according to the following procedure:

The student will submit a written statement to the department Chairperson, setting forth his/her reasons for seeking an appeal and presenting any supporting evidence he/she may have. The Chair will then give a copy of this grade grievance to the instructor who is the object of this complaint. The Chair will request that the instructor make a written reply to these allegations. The student’s written grievance along with the instructor’s written reply to that grievance will then be forwarded to the grade Appeals Committee after it has been constituted.

The Chairperson will then appoint a three-member ad hoc Appeals Committee to review this appeal. The members of this committee will be randomly selected from the Department excluding the instructor[s] teaching the course in which the appeal has been made.

This committee will meet to review the student's appeal within one week of its selection. If the committee feels that further review is warranted it is strongly encouraged to meet with the student and, if necessary, to also meet separately with the instructor.

A written decision will be sent to the student by the Appeals Committee. Reasons for the decision will be included in this letter.

Stipulations:

1. The decision of the Appeals Committee is held to be advisory.
2. The Appeals Committee may report a faculty member who has failed to comply with its recommendation to the full faculty and request a review.
3. Any faculty member who feels that her/his Appeals Committee has made an unfounded or biased decision may make such a charge before the full faculty. In the event of such a charge the committee in question will be required to defend its recommendation before the full faculty. The department as a whole will then make its recommendation.
4. A student may appeal either an Appeals Committee decision or an instructor's refusal to abide by the Committee decision to the full department, should he/she elect to do so. In such an eventuality the Department may elect to hold the hearing in a closed session at its discretion. The student will be invited to present his/her case before the department at the department's discretion. Any review must be based solely upon material supplied by the student to the original Appeals Committee.
5. The decision of the faculty of the Department of Sociology/ Archaeology will constitute the final level of grade appeals within the Departmental jurisdiction. This decision, not unlike the decision of the Appeals Committee, is also held to be advisory to the faculty member whose grade is being appealed.

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Questions About Internships

Can I earn department credits while doing an internship? Yes. The requirements for obtaining an internship for credit are that you must be a junior with at least a 2.50 overall GPA (3.00 for ARC 450). All internship courses in the department are pass/fail grading.  SOC 450 is repeatable for up to 15 credits, but only 6 count toward a sociology major and 3 toward a minor.  SOC 200 is a pre-requisite for SOC 450.  SOC 451 is open to Criminal Justice minors as a 3 credit course. SOC 324 is a prerequisite for SOC 451.  ANT 450 is repeatable for up to 15 credits, but only 6 count toward a sociology major and 3 toward an sociology or anthropology minor.  ARC 450 is repeatable for up to 15 credits, but only 3 count toward an archaeology major. 

How do I register for an Internship in Sociology or Archaeology? Students who are interested in taking an internship are encouraged to discuss internship possibilities with their instructors, advisors, and seek out opportunities through the Office of Career Services.

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Questions About Career Options

Careers in Sociology

Careers in Archaeology


Questions About Graduate School

Graduate Training in Sociology

Graduate School in Archaeology

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