Advising Resources

Everyone declaring a major or minor in SOAN-CJ is assigned an advisor on the department's faculty. In addition to planning your next semester, one-on-one advising sessions are helpful places to ask questions, discuss past and current progress, and get advice about future personal and professional goals.

All majors in sociology-anthropology are required to seek advising each semester. Students should visit the department office to have a major advisor assigned to them. All full-time faculty in the department participate in advising students in our concentrations. Beyond receiving important guidance about course selection in the major, faculty advisors provide insight about career opportunities and future goals.

When students visit the department office to seek advising, an advising file is created to help track the progress of students. During this initial visit, students are given a concentration check sheet outlining the curriculum they must complete, and they also receive a list of some of the basic university requirements the department has compiled as a general guide that must be met to graduate.

Importantly, while the department routinely accepts transfer credits in the major (up to six courses or 18 credit hours), students must see a faculty advisor in the department to determine whether or not a transfer course will actually count towards completion of the major. This is a separate process from transferring courses into Towson University. For USM schools or Maryland community colleges or universities, the department asks students to supply the course description for each course they would like considered. For courses completed outside of Maryland, a syllabus must be submitted to the department advisor for review and consideration.

Because of the strong demand for many courses, we ask our students to seek advising from faculty in the major prior to the beginning of the registration period.

Degree Completion Plan

Once you have reached 45 credits, you will have to file a degree completion plan with your advisor. Your advisor will discuss this with you during your advising session. The templates below represent a possible path to 4-year graduation for each concentration.

Concentration Check Sheets

Curriculum requirements for each concentration.

CLA Advising

Tips and advice from the College of Liberal Arts.


Career Resources

Answers to the question What can I do with a degree in sociology-anthropology?, helpful links, and interviews with graduates and professionals in the field.