Starting Fall 2014, the School of Sociology initiated a series of new programs and facilities within the School of Sociology to aid Sociology (SOC) and Care, Health and Society (CHS) majors. A small program fee of $300 per semester for juniors and seniors in the major will be spent on the undergraduate program and is subject to strict accounting procedures and regulation of the University of Arizona and the Arizona Board of Regents.
We are very excited about being able to offer our undergraduates new student enrichment programs that will translate into higher paying job programs for our students. These include:
1. Advising in the School
SOC and CHS majors receive more specific and specialized advising tailored to the specific needs of each student. We have moved advising from Douglass to the Social Science Building. We anticipate this will provide a more fulfilling college experience by advising students to help select courses to fit their needs. This will greatly facilitate direct progress to degree completion and help students better prepare for graduation and today’s job market.
2. New Mentoring and Tutoring Services for Sociology Students
A graduate assistant is available to mentor and tutor Sociology majors in core courses that are required for graduation with a Sociology B.A. degree, specifically in Social Statistics (SOC 375) and Social Research Methods (SOC 374).
3. Additional Student Support Staffing
There will be a staff member in the School with the sole purpose of helping students to coordinate career-related internships. Internships will ease the transition from the university to job market and finding meaningful careers.
4. New Career Networking Opportunities
The School of Sociology will also provide networking opportunities:
- For Sociology majors: with Sociology graduates on how their sociology degree helped them achieve their career goals, whether that be direct employment or graduate school.
- For CHS majors: with professionals from the healthcare field on how the CHS degree can achieve their career goals, whether that be direct employment or graduate school
5. Additional Courses Taught by Experts in the Field (CHS)
Practitioners with experience in health-related fields will teach short-term or semester-long CHS courses in areas related to the general field of healthcare that can be applied to the healthcare industry that will benefit CHS majors’ post-graduation employment.
The School of Sociology will reserve 14% of the fees for scholarships to “allow access for qualified students who cannot afford the fee” as stated by the Arizona Board of Regents policies.
7. A New Student Advisory Board
Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester the School of Sociology will put out a call for students in their Junior and Senior standing, to apply to be part of the Student Governance Board. The Student Governance Board is to represent student constituencies and to offer recommendations on the program fees.