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Transfer Students and Transfer Credit

The Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan enthusiastically welcomes transfer students into our major and minors. We have found transfer students to be some of the most dedicated and successful students in our department, and we are here to assist before and during your time at the University of Michigan.

What is Sociology?

The Sociology major will provide you with the tools you need to understand today’s most vexing social problems. From inequality to immigration, from poverty to mass incarceration, Sociology teaches skills for thinking critically, collecting and interpreting data, and making evidence-based arguments.Sociology is the study of the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

Sociologists study a wide range of subjects: the family, education, health, sex, race, religion, law, crime, poverty, inequality, immigration, rights, labor, organizations, globalization, and much more.  This broad scope gives Sociology majors a unique opportunity to study many aspects of social life.  In addition, Sociologists adopt a variety of social science methods to collect and examine empirical data critically and rigorously, including quantitative data analysis, survey research, content analysis of written and visual materials, in-depth interviews, ethnography, and historical analysis.

Transfer Credits

If you have taken Sociology courses before, chances are you have already completed coursework that can count toward the Sociology major or minors. Check the Transfer Credit Equivalency website to determine what your previous coursework will count as:

- Courses listed as transferring for direct credit (i.e. SOC 100) will appear as that course on your UM transcript

- Courses listed as "SOC DEPT" will automatically count as elective credits for the major. If you would like the course to count as a Sociology pre-req, requirement, or subplan elective, you need to submit a course petition form along with a current syllabus to

Detailed information about transfer credits can be found here.

Opportunities in the Department of Sociology

We strongly encourage transfer students to participate in all opportunities offered by the department, including:

- The Honors Program

- Project Community

- SOUL (Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leaders)

- SURO (Sociology Undergraduate Research Opportunities)

Questions and Advising

We would be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions about the major, department opportunities, or transfer credits. Please email or schedule an advising appointment through the Advising Appointment Calendar.