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Advising

General Information

Major Declaration

Sociology & Anthropology: Students can declare a major by filling out the major declaration form, located on the Registrar’s website and returning it to the Registrar’s Office.

Health Administration and Policy: Students who would like to change to the HAPP major must meet with Debbie Sanford, Coordinator of Advising, regarding entry into the program. Students must have a cumulative UMBC GPA of 2.5 or higher to declare the major, and they must fill out the major declaration form, located on the Registrar’s website and meet with Ms. Sanford for her signature prior to returning the form to the Registrar’s Office. Students must set up an appointment to meet with Ms. Sanford through her advising scheduling link below. No walk-ins accepted.

Once the student has declared a major, he/she will be assigned to a faculty advisor and will receive updates regarding the major via email.

Advising Assignments

If you have not yet received an advisor assignment, please contact Debbie Sanford, 410-455-3711, dsanford@umbc.edu. If you have forgotten who your advisor is please contact Amy Barnes, Administrative Assistant II, 410-455-3979, amyb@umbc.edu.

At any point in the semester students can email their advisor directly or arrange a meeting to discuss questions about the major or their academic plan. Contact information for department advisors is listed below.

Advanced Registration Advising

The Department and University send important email communication regarding advanced registration advising each semester.  This includes the date/time at which students can begin registration and notifications of advanced registration appointments. It is important to read such correspondence as the instructions can directly impact your ability to register for classes.

Students must meet with their advisor each semester during advanced registration (October/November and March/April) to review their progress toward fulfilling major and university requirements. Students are not able to register for classes until the advisor authorizes the student to register. SAHAP department majors with another primary major are still strongly encouraged to meet each semester with their SOCY, ANTH, or HAPP advisor.

How to Sign Up for an Advanced Registration Advising Appointment

In the weeks prior to advanced registration your advisor will send an email with instructions for setting up an advising appointment.

Sociology & Anthropology: Many program advisors use Google Calendar for advising appointments.

Special notes regarding Google Calendar:

  • You must access your advisor’s calendar from your UMBC Gmail account. This allows us to identify your name and academic record in order to prepare for the advising session.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, please be sure to email your advisor directly – the Google system does not notify the faculty member if you need to cancel.
  • Prior to setting up an appointment, make sure that your Google Calendar is set to Eastern Standard Time!

Health Administration and Policy: Many program advisors use Acuity Scheduler for advising appointments. Click on the scheduling link to make your appointment.

All current students have an assigned advisor. Please refer to the “Department Advisors” section below for contact/scheduling information.

Department Advisors

Sociology Advisors

Dr. Marina Adler, Professor & Graduate Director
adler@umbc.edu
410-455-3155
PUP 232

Dr. Brandy Harris-Wallace, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Co-Director
bhwalla@umbc.edu
410-455-5815
PUP 229

Dr. Loren Henderson, Assistant Professor
loren@umbc.edu
410-455-2087
PUP 219

Dr. Christine Mair, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Co-Director
christine_mair@umbc.edu
410-455-8064
PUP 230

Ms. Marie Martin, Academic Advisor
mamart1@umbc.edu
410-455-5797
PUP 250
Appointment Scheduling Link

Dr. John Schumacher, Associate Professor
jschuma@umbc.edu
410-455-3184
PUP 217

Dr. Dena Smith, Assistant Professor
dtsmith@umbc.edu
410-455-2078
PUP 224

Dr. Takashi Yamshita, Associate Professor
yamataka@umbc.edu
410-455-5938
PUP 216

Anthropology Advisors

Dr. Bambi Chapin, Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
bchapin@umbc.edu
410-455-2082
PUP 211

Dr. Sarah Chard, Associate Professor & Associate Chair
schard@umbc.edu
410-455-3380
PUP 213

Dr. Bob Rubinstein, Professor
rrubinst@umbc.edu
410-455-2059
PUP 214

Dr. Nick Welcome, Visiting Lecturer
nwelcome@umbc.edu
410-455-1632
PUP 215

Health Administration and Policy Advisors

Prof. Katie Birger, Lecturer & Undergraduate Program Director
cbirge1@umbc.edu
410-455-2080
PUP 220
Appointment Scheduling Link

Dr. Jennifer Callaghan-Koru, Assistant Professor
jck@umbc.edu
410-455-6564
PUP 233
Appointment Scheduling Link

Prof. Meryl Cozart, Lecturer
mcozar1@umbc.edu
410-455-2060
PUP 251
Appointment Scheduling Link

Dr. Andrea Kalfoglou, Associate Professor
akalfogl@umbc.edu
410-455-2061
PUP 222

Ms. Debbie Sanford, Coordinator of Advising
dsanford@umbc.edu
410-455-3711
PUP 221
Appointment Scheduling Link

Dr. Jamie Trevitt, Assistant Professor
trevitt@umbc.edu
410-455-2079
PUP 223