How Do I? ... and FAQs

If you need to speak with a counselor, please visit Simbi Mahlanza in 254E Haines Hall. She has drop-in hours everyday 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. For all counseling related questions, you can contact Simbi directly at (310) 825-1215. The Sociology Front Office does not provide counseling, you must speak with the department advisor.

Declare a Sociology major?

You must complete the three prep courses Soc 1 and 20 plus one Statistics course (Political Science 6 or Statistics 10, 11, or 13).  Please visit the undergraduate advisor Simbi Mahlanza in 254E Haines Hall for further information.

Get into a class when the course is closed?

You can check the Schedule of Classes,, to see if a spot becomes available on the wait list for the course.  Please note that the Sociology instructors usually let the wait list take care of itself and don’t give out Permission to Enroll (PTE) numbers. 

Get advising help?

Several people are available to advise and assist UCLA sociology majors. The department's undergraduate advisor, Simbi Mahlanza, is available to answer students' questions about department matters and help with course selections and a variety of issues pertaining to the major. Her phone number is (310) 825-1215 and her e-mail is

Drop-in counseling is generally available in Haines Hall 254e Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00pm.

In addition, a Sociology College Academic Mentor is available at the Letters and Science Counseling Office. They can assist in course selection as well as study habits, time management, and more general Letters & Science questions.

The faculty member responsible for undergraduate matters is the Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs, Professor Ed Walker (

Faculty members are also resources for undergraduates. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of faculty availability during scheduled office hours. Office hours provide students with an opportunity to get course materials clarified, to go beyond course materials, or just to get to know professors and/or teaching assistants better.

Where do I go if the Sociology advisor is not available and I need help right away?

Academic Advancement Program 1209 Campbell Hall (310) 825-1481

Honors Students: A-311 Murphy Hall  (310) 825-1553

Athletics Students:  JD Morgan Center, 1st floor  (310) 825-8699

If you’re not in one of these programs, please visit College Academic Counseling in A-316 Murphy Hall  (310) 825-3382.  When is the undergraduate advisor available to provide counseling?

What’s Sociology’s undergraduate advisor’s contact information?

Simbi Mahlanza

254E Haines Hall

(310) 825-1215

What are the add and drop deadlines?

Please visit the College Academic Counseling website for the add deadlines, and for the drop deadlines,  If you are a student in Nursing, HSSEAS, TFT or SOAA, please visit your school’s counseling office. 

How do I double major or minor?

The General Catalog has a list of all of the majors and minors at UCLA,  Please visit your counseling unit to review the requirements and pick up the paperwork.  Both departments must sign off on the paperwork before it’s returned to your counselor.  

Is it possible to enroll in more than 19 units per quarter?

Please visit your counseling unit to discuss excess unit requirements.The eligibility requirements may be found on the College Academic Counseling website,