Before applying for transfer to Santa Clara, students who are interested in pursuing sociology are strongly encouraged to complete Principles of Sociology. This course serves as a prerequisite for three required sociology courses (Sociology 118, 119, 120) that are offered only once a year (119 and 120 in the winter term, and 118 in the spring term). Transfer students who are enrolling for the fall of the junior year and need Principles of Sociology should see the department chair immediately. Incoming transfer students should contact the department as soon as possible to be assigned a department advisor and begin department advising. This advising will cover a number of topics, including student selection of other upper-division sociology courses. A total of nine upper-division sociology courses are required in the major, and these courses are divided into cluster concentrations.