Undergraduate Office Advising Resources


The Sociology Department has many advising resources available for concentrators and those considering a Sociology concentration or a secondary field in Sociology. The Department is located on the 6th floor of William James Hall. The main office (WJH 650) will be open for general meetings T, W, and TH 9:30-4pm.

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Emily Fairchild Photo
Dr. Emily Fairchild

616 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138



  • What is sociology (sub-fields, methods and general approach)?
  • Sociology course information
  • Concentration advising & declaration of concentration signature
  • Switching into Sociology from another concentration
  • Release advising hold on crimson cart
  • Course substitutions
  • Choosing a thesis topic 
  • Finding a thesis advisor
  • Securing funding for thesis research
  • Preparing and submitting human subjects research applications
  • Sociology 91R: Supervised Reading and Research
  • Sociology 92R: Faculty Research Assistant

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jocelyn Viterna

Jocelyn Viterna
480 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Pre-approval of study abroad courses for concentration credit

Undergraduate Advising & Program Administrator

Laura Thomas

Laura Gorman Thomas
650 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138
Summer Hours T 9-5 in office; W, TH 9-5 remote
Fall Office Hours T/W/TH 9:30-4pm

Laura is available during office hours (T-TH 9:30-4) and will assist with:

  • Concentration requirements
  • Department policy questions or concerns
  • Add/drop electronic release
  • Study Abroad form
  • Change-of-course petition (pass/fail)
  • Secondary field inquiries
  • Changes to AAR
  • Final study abroad approval

House Concentration Advisers 

Also available for advising are our Concentration Advisers--Sociology PhD students assigned to the Houses as either a resident or non-resident tutor, who are available to talk with sophomores, juniors, and seniors about the concentration, and who may have an advising conversation and release electronic advising hold on course enrollment. If you'd like to learn more about the discipline, hear about research in the department, or have questions about Sociology courses, just email your Concentration Adviser to schedule an appointment.

PAFs are trained sophomores, juniors, and seniors, who serve as peer advisers for freshmen. Sociology's PAFs for 2022-23 TBA. First-year students should feel free to reach out to our PAFs who have an interesting perspective on the discipline and what brought them to Sociology. 

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) at Harvard University exists to support the academic mission of Harvard College and the GSAS by ensuring every student has full access to the transformative power of a liberal arts and sciences education. The ARC is committed to empowering students to reach their full academic potential in an inclusive and equitable academic environment. Using evidence-based methods and drawing on recent research in learning assistance, the ARC supports Harvard’s students in developing reading strategies, time management skills, and metacognitive approaches to learning. Students will have access to consultations, workshops, academic coaching, peer tutoring, and skills-based resources.