New Undergraduate Students

Welcome to the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology!

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is renowned for its reputation, both as a research institution and for its collaborative environment. Students also choose Wisconsin because they know that graduating from a world-class university will help ensure a successful career.

This page is intended for incoming first-year and transfer students interested in taking community and environmental sociology courses. It is your guide to commonly asked questions about course selection and placement. When you attend SOAR, you will have an opportunity to speak with advisors about which courses are best for you.

Course Search and Enroll

Access the Search Course and Enroll application through your MyUW to search course information and see which classes are currently being offered.

Major Requirements

See the Guide for Community and Environmental Sociology major and certificate requirements.


Schedule a meeting with our academic advisor to discuss declaration or any other questions about the major you have!

Welcome to Campus!

Campus Information

From Bascom Hill to Picnic Point, we invite you to explore our campus, inside and out. Discover dinosaur bones and bug collections, art museums and athletic facilities. Tour our ice cream–making facility and enjoy a tasty treat. Let us know when you’re coming and we’ll plan the perfect visit. Ask us anything.

University Housing

We operate 19 residence halls across the UW–Madison campus, providing a home to over 7,400 undergraduate students. We also operate three apartment communities and seven dining locations around campus. We invite you to tour our facilities online.

University Health Services

University Health Services offers high-quality health care and wellness services that are culturally respectful, fiscally responsible, and developmentally appropriate to student needs. Our integrated care model promotes and protects the health of our campus community.

Life in Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Built on an isthmus and surrounded by lakes, Madison blends the city and campus, green spaces and urban areas, to create a place unlike anywhere else.

Campus Area Housing

Search hundreds of available campus area, Madison, and Dane County rental vacancies, roommate openings and sublets in apartments, condos, houses, private homes, privately owned residence halls, co-operatives and boarding/rooming houses.

Campus Map

More than 936 acres of land on the shores of Lake Mendota. Free buses, lakeshore activities, two massive student unions, and an ice cream factory. What more could you ask for?