Enriching Your Experience in Sociology
Here are a few ways to make the most of your experience in Sociology:
- Visit your assigned academic advisor on a regular basis to discuss your goals so that you may design a learning program that will work best for you.
- Pursue an internship. Internships are a great way to apply the skills and perspectives you have gained in Sociology to assist community groups and to gain valuable work experience and contacts. You may apply up to six credit hours of SOC 399: Internship in Sociology toward your Sociology major requirements. Pursuing an internship requires: 1) finding a placement in a community group, government agency or corporation; 2) identifying a faculty mentor; 3) filling out a learning contract which specifies your work hours, goals, assignments, grading criteria and number of credit hours, etc.; and 4) enrolling in the SOC 399 during pre-registration.
- Volunteer. Regardless of whether you receive college credit for such activities, volunteering in the community is an excellent way to learn and apply sociological knowledge and skills. Click on http://www.uky.edu/VolunteerCenter/ to learn more.
- Attend lectures, brown bag discussions, workshops, film showings, and other educational events on campus and in the community. To find out more about these opportunities, check out the “News and Events” page of the Sociology Department and other departments and interdisciplinary programs. Also, click on: http://uknow.uky.edu
- Get involved. Contact Janet Stamatel firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating in the Undergraduate Sociology Club or attending departmental meetings or functions, in either a formal or informal capacity. Each year, two students are chosen to represent undergraduate interests at department and committee meetings. Please contact the DUS to obtain undergraduate representative contact information or to volunteer to serve.
- Seek support. Support and advice are available to you in the department, on campus, and elsewhere. Click on Assistance and Resources for Sociology Students for additional information on this topic.
- Counseling and Testing Center: Services available at 301 Frazee Hall include personal counseling and academic support services, such as the Master Student Program for effective learning strategies, and vocational assessment.
- Disability Resource Center: Located 2 Alumni Gym, this office can assist students who have disabilities. Visit them on the web at http://www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/DisabilityResourceCenter.
- Experiential Education: helps students in locating career-related internships, which may vary regarding compensation and/or credit. The website for this resource is http://www.uky.edu/careercenter/employers/experienital-education-program.
- Financial Aid: usually merit-based or need-based. For merit-based aid, contact the Merit Scholarship Office, 211 Funkhouser Building or at http://www.uky.edu/FinancialAid/. In addition, consult the College of Arts and Sciences at http://www.as.uky.edu/scholarships
- Career Center: Located in the James W. Stuckert Building at 408 Rose Street, the Center offers career fairs, informations and workshops for job-seekers, and individual consultations by appointment. Click on http://www.uky.edu/CareerCenter/ for more information.
- Careers in Sociology: Click on http://www.uky.edu/careercenter/ for more information about careers in Sociology.