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 674) is open M-TH 8:30 - 4pm and F 8:30 - 1pm. 


Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies



Rachel Meyer
616 William James Hall 
33 Kirkland Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-3887
email: meyer2@fas.harvard.edu


Dr. Meyer is always happy to meet with you. Contact her for:

  • What is sociology (sub-fields, methods and general approach)?
  • Sociology course information
  • Research opportunities & Sociology 92r: Faculty Research Assistant
  • Concentration advising & declaration of concentration signature
  • Switching into Sociology from another concentration
  • Release advising hold on crimson cart
  • Study abroad
  • Course substitutions
  • More information about Sociology

Director of Undergraduate Studies


Jocelyn Viterna


Jocelyn Viterna
504 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
email: jviterna@wjh.harvard.edu

Please contact Professor Viterna if you are beginning the process of writing a senior thesis and in particular for:

  • Choosing a thesis topic
  • Finding a thesis advisor
  • Securing funding for thesis research
  • Preparing and submitting human subjects research applications


Undergraduate Advising & Program Administrator


Laura Thomas


Laura Thomas
650 William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138
email: lthomas@wjh.harvard.edu
phone: 617-495-3713

Laura is available during office hours and will assist with:

  • Concentration requirements
  • Department policy questions or concerns
  • Add/drop electronic release
  • Change-of-course petition (pass/fail)
  • Secondary field inquiries


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.

Peer Advising Fellows

PAFs are trained sophomores, juniors, and seniors, who serve as peer advisers for freshmen. Sociology's PAFs are Laura Doherty and Alex Murray. Freshmen should feel free to reach out to our PAFs who have an interesting perspective on the discipline and what brought them to Sociology.

Bureau of Study Council

The Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC) supports students in their efforts to learn and develop at Harvard.  The BSC's services help you to approach your intellectual work with skill, strategy, and spirit; to make difficult choices about your time and your priorities; to conduct yourself with integrity and honor; to develop a sense of voice and authority in your scholarship, relationships, and leadership; to work well and play well with others; to discover what leaves you feeling enlivened and engaged; and to make meaning of your work and your life.  Among the Bureau's many services are individual counseling for academic and personal development, workshop and discussion groups, peer tutoring, consultation to student organizations, and a course in reading and study strategies.