UIUC Sociology is very proud of our thriving Student Ambassador Program! (Scroll down to view our student cohorts.) All undergraduate majors who want to become Ambassadors must first take SOC 199: Career Development for Sociology Majors. This is a career development and planning course for sociology majors. Teaches career-development theories; examines the competencies gained from the major; identifies marketable skills; and educates about campus resources for internship/job/career/grad school searches. Students will leave the course with a better understanding of the career decision-making process; career options for Sociology majors; the internship/job/grad school search process; and prepared to design their Illini experience for success.
Upon successful completion of SOC 199: Career Development for Sociology Majors, students can become Sociology Ambassadors and work with the department in a variety of ways. Many Ambassadors become Peer Advisors, who meet and communicate with current and prospective Sociology students to discuss courses, their experience in Sociology, their academic path, and more. The Ambassadors have their own email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, that we encourage all to use to reach them!
Students have two Ambassador experience options:
SOC 199: Leadership and Engagement Through Sociology: Ambassador Program. This course includes weekly sessions to train in major/minor/departmental policies/resources as well as leadership development programming from university units. Leadership, communication, teamwork, mentoring and problem-solving skills will also acquired. Students will serve one “office hour” per week in the advising office reception and will participate in departmental events to build skills and engage.
SOC 390 Independent Study- Section Title: Leadership and Engagement. SOC 390 is a departmental course number for ALL independent study experiences. The Section Leadership and Engagement, is a specific independent study section for students who have taken SOC 199: Career Development for Sociology Majors and also at least one semester of SOC 199: Leadership and Engagement Through Sociology: Ambassador Program. This course is for Student Ambassadors who would like to design their own Ambassador experience or project. It requires approval from the Undergraduate Academic Advisor, a completed SOC 390 Independent Study contract, and attendance at the weekly SOC 199: Leadership and Engagement Through Sociology: Ambassador Program meetings, unless otherwise approved.