Enrollment Advising

Winter 2019 Enrollment Information

Advising week: November 8-15
Priority enrollment begins: November 14
Drop-in advising with Peer Advisors and the Undergraduate Advisor will be available throughout enrollment. Please review the advising calendar for days and times


1. Enrollment Notes for Winter 2019

  • Do not contact instructors prior to the first day of class for enrollment issues, to ask for permission numbers, or to be added to a waitlist. If a class is full and you meet the prerequisites/restrictions, enroll yourself to the waitlist during your second enrollment appointment. Then crash the course on the first day of instruction. See waitlist information below. If you have questions, contact the undergraduate advisor.

  • Your enrollment appointment for Winter will be posted on your MyUCSC Student Center page on November 8th. To find your appointment, log into your MyUCSC account and navigate to your student center to find the "enrollment date" box on the right side of the screen, then click on the "details" link to view times. Or from your MyUCSC home page click on "Enrollment" then "Enrollment Dates" in the left navigation.  You should be able to see your shopping cart enrollment appointment (when you're able to start building your shopping cart), your first enrollment appointment, and your second enrollment appointment which includes waitlisting for courses.  Learn more about enrollment appointments by watching this short video, and additional details on the Registrar's FAQs.

  • TBA Sections: You may notice that some of the secondary discussion sections are not scheduled and instead say "TBA." The registrar is working on scheduling sections and should be completed by or shortly after priority enrollment begins November 14th. Please be sure to adjust your shopping cart once the sections are scheduled.
    • Update Nov. 15th: Sections still have not been scheduled by the office of registrar. Select a TBA section for now when enrolling, keep an eye on the sections, and then Edit your sections.
  • Course Prerequisites and Restrictions: In order to determine if you are eligible to enroll in a particular course, you must click on the class in the schedule of classes to review the details. Courses may have restrictions (juniors or seniors or certain majors) and/or they may have prerequisites (such as SOCY 1 or SOCY 105A). Each course may have a unique requirement for enrollment so it important to review each course individually. 

  • SOCY 107A Location and Prerequisite: This course is in the process of moving locations, and will have an additional enrollment requirement added of "Enrollment by permission of instructor." This will be added in addition to the existing prerequisite for SOCY 30A. The Registrar is working on these two items and they should be updated soon. (Nov 9th Update: Location of course has been moved to Soc Sci 2 179)

  • SOCY 117E Location: The Registrar is working on assigning the location for this course. It should be posted soon, hopefully before enrollment begins on Nov. 14th. (Nov. 13th Update: Scheduled in Oakes 106)

  • SOCY 121G Location and Prerequisite: The Registrar is working on assigning the location for this course as well as the prerequisite (SOCY 10 and SOCY 105B). It should be posted soon, hopefully before enrollment begins on Nov. 14th. (Nov 13th Update: Prerequisite added and scheduled in R Carson 250)

  • SOCY 170 Revisions Pending: The Registrar is working on making a few changes to this course, including:
    • New Title: Ethnicity and Race
    • Adding the ER GE
    • Prerequisite will be: completion of SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or CRES 10
    • (Nov 13th Update: All of the above has been updated)
  • SOCY 10 Opening Date: The majority of the SOCY 10 seats will open 9am on the sophomore enrollment day (Nov.19th), with a few seats open on priority and junior enrollment days. If you are a junior or senior sociology student who needs to take SOCY 10 to qualify for the sociology major declaration, please contact the undergraduate advisor.

  • SOCY 105A or SOCY 105B For Seniors in Their Last Quarter: If Winter quarter is your last chance to take SOCY 105A or SOCY 105B but for any reason you were not able to enroll, please contact the undergraduate advisor asap for help.



2. Waitlists

If you have any questions about wait lists, please contact the undergraduate advisor, do not contact the instructor.

For guides on how to enroll or drop from a waitlist, set up the wait list to automatically swap classes, edit your waitlist options, or view your position on the waitlist, please review the Registrar's FAQs


How to Waitlist for a Course

Before you waitlist for a course, it is highly recommended that you enroll in to a backup course then follow the steps below making sure you also do step #5. This will ensure you are enrolled in full-time units, you have a backup option lined up, and you can avoid time conflicts and exceeding the 19 unit enrollment limit by completing step #5. 

  1. Sign in to MyUCSC.
  2. Select the Enrollment or Student Center tile.
  3. Select the add tab at the top of the page. Select the correct quarter and type in the five-digit course number of the course you would like to waitlist.
  4. Check the “Waitlist if class is full” box and select Next.
  5. If you would like to drop a course that you are currently enrolled in if you become enrolled in the wait-listed course you can indicate this in the “If Enrolled Drop This Class” drop-down menu.
  6. Review your selection and select Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  7. To complete the enrollment select Finish Enrolling. A checkmark under Status means that your enrollment was successful.


Sociology Department Waitlist Policies and Best Practices

  • Check your waitlist enrollment appointment, which should be your 2nd enrollment appointment. The wait list appointment is listed along with your other enrollment appointment(s) and has a "10.00" listed under "Max Wait List Units" column. "10.00" indicates the number of units you can waitlist under.

  • Always enroll into your backup course first! Then waitlist for your desired course and indicate the course you want to drop if you are able to get into the waitlisted course. The system will make a 1-to-1 switch for you. This will help you avoid time conflicts and exceeding the 19 unit enrollment limit. Don't start the quarter without having your backup course lined up!
  • You may only waitlist for a course if you meet the restriction and prerequisite on the course. If you do not meet the restriction/prerequisite your only option is to crash the course on the first day of instruction.

  • The last day to enroll onto a waitlist is January 15th. Waitlist enrollment is available before the 8th day of instruction. However, if you enroll onto a waitlist after the first day of instruction, and you did not attend the first day of instruction, it is up to the instructor if they will consider you for a seat in the course. Please check-in with the instructor if you have added yourself to the waitlist after the first day of instruction.

  • All Sociology wait lists are set to "auto-enroll," until the first day of instruction. Auto-enroll means that as a seat becomes available, the next eligible student on the waitlist will be automatically enrolled. This auto-enroll process stops on the first day of instruction for the Sociology courses that are full. From that point on it is up to the instructor who gets into the course with a permission code. Instructors have their own processes and may not follow the waitlist position numbers.

  • When a seat becomes available in a course, some students may be ineligible for enrollment from the waitlist because: they have a time conflict with another course, they are exceeding the 19 unit enrollment limit, or if their selected section is already full. See steps above on how to avoid time conflict and unit limit issues. Students who are ineligible to be enrolled into a course will be skipped over on the waitlist and the next eligible student will be enrolled. Because of this, your waitlist position number may not be the order in which students are enrolled.

  • If you are not enrolled through the waitlist by the first day of instruction, attend the first day to determine if you will be able to enroll. Attendance in the first class meeting is mandatory. Students who do not attend the first class meeting, the instructor may drop from the course/wait list.


3. Elective Course Substitutions

Course substitutions at UCSC are courses offered through other departments, are upper-division, 5-units, contain sociological content and can be used to satisfy one of the electives for the Sociology major or minor.

  • This list does NOT apply to: the Combined major, GISES concentration or GISES minor.  Visit our website for information.

  • Double Counting: If the course substitution you wish to apply to sociology is already being used towards another major or minor you are declared in, then the double counting policy must be applied. Please check in with your advisor to see whether you are eligible to double count in your programs.
  • A Course Substitution Request Form is Required for Previously Approved Courses: A course substitution request form must be submitted online once you pass the course with a C or better or Pass. Even when a course is previously approved, it does not automatically apply to your major. You must submit a request anytime you are applying an outside elective. 
  • To Petition a New Course Substitution: The course must be 5-units, upper-division, sociological, and the syllabus must be submitted with the Course Substitution Petition form to the Undergraduate Advisor. Petitions are reviewed by Sociology faculty members. 
  • Courses May Have Prerequisites/Restriction: Please check the course to verify if you are eligible. If you do not meet the prerequisite, you may crash the course on the first day and speak to the instructor. The Sociology Department will not override prerequisites/restrictions for these courses. If a course listed below is marked with an asterisk*, then it has a prerequisite or restriction. Some may be as simple as having a certain class level requirement. Always review the course details. 

  • ANTH 110 Motherhood in American Culture
  • CLTE 135* Social Justice, Institutions, and Power
  • CMMU 101* Communities, Social Movements, and the Third Sector
  • CMMU 163* Health Care Inequalities
  • ECON 120* Development Economics
  • ECON 126* Why Economies Succeed/Fail: Lessons From Western & Japanese History
  • EDUC 125* Multicultural Children’s Literature for Elementary Classrooms
  • EDUC 135* Gender and Education
  • EDUC 141* Bilingualism and Schooling
  • ENVS 100L* Ecology and Society (5 unit course taken concurrently with ENVS 100 - an ENVS core course)
  • ENVS 130B* Principles of Sustainable Agriculture
  • ENVS 143* Sustainable Development: Economy, Policy, & Environment
  • ENVS 147* Environmental Inequality/ Environmental Justice (students cannot receive credit for SOCY 185 and ENVS 147. Equivalent courses)
  • FMST 100* Feminist Theories
  • FMST 112* Women and the Law (Cross-listed with LGST 112)
  • FMST 123* Feminism and Cultural Production
  • HAVC 118* The Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora
  • HAVC 127A* Buddhist Visual Culture
  • HIS 104D Museums & Representations of Native American History, Memory, and Culture
  • HIS 110H Greater Reconstructions: Race, Empire, And Citizenship in the Post-Civil War U.S.
  • HIS 137B Africa 1800 To Present
  • HISC 113 History of Capitalism
  • LALS 100A* Social Science Analytics
  • LALS 143 Race and Ethnicity
  • LALS 152 Consumer Culture Between the Americas
  • LALS 169 South American: History, Society, and Culture
  • LGST 144* Social and Political Philosophy: Social Contract Theory (Cross-listed with PHIL 144)
  • LGST 147A* Psychology and Law (Cross-listed with PSYCH 147A)
  • LGST 175* Human Rights (Cross-listed with POLI 175
  • LIT 136B Beat Literature and the World
  • OAKS 151A & 151B* Corre la Voz: Community Literacies and Power/ Community Literacies (5 units combined)
  • OAKS 153 Community Mapping
  • PHIL 144* Social and Political Philosophy: Social Contract Theory (cross-listed with LGST 144)
  • POLI 101* Introduction to Research Methods
  • POLI 111A* Constitutional Law
  • POLI 112* Women and the Law (Cross-listed with FMST 112)
  • POLI 140C* Latin American Politics
  • POLI 160A* Theories of International and World Politics
  • POLI 161* Foreign Relations of China
  • POLI 175* Human Rights (Cross-listed with LGST 175)
  • PSYC 147A* Psych and the Law (Cross-listed with LGST 147A)



4. Backup Options

If you were not able to get into any Sociology courses or a specific course, please review the following options:

  • Before your enrollment appointment determine your desired schedule as well as a set of backup options. If you are not able to get your first choice, enroll in your backup course and then waitlist for your first choice course using the directions above. If you do not meet the prerequisites or restrictions of a particular course, enroll in a backup course and plan on crashing your first choice on the first day of instruction. 
  • Review the previously approved elective course substitutions above, and review the schedule of classes to identify courses you can potentially petition for approval.
  • Crash courses on the first day of instruction.
  • Have an internship or volunteer opportunity (or if you plan to obtain one) that is related to Sociology? Consider getting individual study units. Or search for internships through the Career Center.
  • Are you considering a double major or minor? Explore those interests now by taking one of their requirements.
  • SOCY 1, 10, 15, 3A, 3B, 105A, 105B, and a variety of upper-division electives are typically offered during Summer Session.
  • Consider learning a new language. Not only are you fulfilling units, but you're learning a skill that will be very valuable for Sociology majors in the job market.
  • You must complete 180 quarter units by the time you graduate. Sociology will not give you all the units you need to graduate. At some points throughout your time here you must take non-SOCY courses to satisfy unit requirements. 

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