Enrollment Advising

Fall 2019 Sociology Enrollment Information 

This information is for continuing students, not for new incoming students.

Advising week: May 13-17
Priority enrollment begins: May 20
  1. Additional Course Information


1. General Enrollment Notes:

  • 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 will be posted on your MyUCSC Student Center page on May 13th. 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, your second enrollment appointment which includes waitlisting for courses, and in Fall quarter only you have a third enrollment appointment which is when enrollment opens back up again after the new incoming students have enrolled.  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. Please be sure to adjust your schedule selection once the sections are posted.
  • Course Prerequisites and Restrictions: In order to determine if you are eligible to enroll or wait list 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.


2. Additional Course Information for:
SOCY 1, 15, 105A, 178T
  • SOCY 1 and SOCY 15 Opening Date: The majority of the SOCY 1 and SOCY 15 seats will open 9am on the sophomore enrollment day (May 23), 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 1 or SOCY 15 to qualify for the sociology major declaration, please contact the undergraduate advisor.

  • SOCY 105A, Classical Social Theory, For Seniors: If Fall quarter is your last chance to take SOCY 105A but for any reason you were not able to enroll, please contact the undergraduate advisor asap for help

  • SOCY 178T, Special Topics in Sociology: SOCY 178T is a topical course, so the topic will change with each offering. In addition, this course is repeatable for credit. The Fall 2019 topic is:

    Spatiality, Place, and Social Difference

    This course explores relations of spatiality, power, and social difference. It focuses on the “spatial turn” in the social sciences, and specifically on the geographies of racial formations and other forms of inequality. Topics include: urban geography; spatialities of racial capitalism; embodiment; gender and environment; environmental justice; diasporic space; carceral geographies; and spaces of alterity and hope. Students will be evaluated on writing assignments as well as class attendance and participation. 

          Prerequisite(s): SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or SOCY 15. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.


3. 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. Navigate to your enrollment page.
  3. Select the add class option. If prompted, select the correct quarter. Type in the five-digit course number of the course or search the schedule of classes and add the course to your shopping cart
  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.

  • 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.

  • Courses with waitlists 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 conflicts 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.



4. 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 advisors 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 upper-division, sociological, 5 units (abroad courses vary) and the syllabus must be submitted with the Course Substitution Petition form (online form or paper 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. Some may be as simple as having a certain class level requirement. If you do not meet the prerequisite/restriction, 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.  Always review the course details. 


  • ANTH 130L: Ethnographies of Latin America
  • CMMU 132: American Cities and Social Change
  • CMMU 160: Public Health
  • ECON 120: Development Economics
  • ECON 126: Why Economies Succeed/Fail: Lessons From Western & Japanese History
  • EDUC 160: Issues in Educational Reform
  • EDUC 164: Urban Education
  • EDUC 178: Advanced Educational Studies
  • EDUC 181: Race, Class and Culture in Education
  • ENVS 158: Political Ecology and Social Change
  • FILM: 168: National Cinema and Culture
  • FMST 188: Topics in Feminist Studies
  • HAVC 124B: History of Photography in Southeast Asia
  • HIS 104D: Museums & Representations of Native American History, Memory, and Culture
  • HIS 110A: Colonial United States History, 1500-1750
  • HIS 121A: African American History
  • HIS 131: Women in Colonial Latin America
  • HIS 150A: Ancient Japan
  • HIS 155: History of Modern Israel
  • HIS 183A: 19th-Century Italy
  • LALS 100: Concepts and Theories Latin American and Latina/o Studies
  • LALS 155: Latin American and Latino Youth Movements
  • LALS 180: Borders: Real and Imagined
  • LGST 105A: Ancient Political Thought (cross-listed with POLI 105A)
  • LGST 105B: Early Modern Political Thought (cross-listed with POLI 105B)
  • LGST 105C: Modern Political Thought (cross-listed with POLI 105C)
  • LGST 110: Law and Social Issues (cross-listed with POLI 110)
  • LGST 120B: Society & Democracy in American Political Development (cross-listed with POLI 120B)
  • LIT 189C: Introduction to Spanish Studies (Cross listed with SPAN 105)
  • OAKES 151A &B (5 units together): Corre la Voz: Community Literacies and Power/ Community Literacies
  • PHIL 121: Epistemology
  • POLI 105A: Ancient Political Thought (cross-listed with LGST 105A)
  • POLI 105B: Early Modern Political Thought (cross-listed with LGST 105B)
  • POLI 105C: Modern Political Thought (cross-listed with LGST 105C)
  • POLI 110: Law and Social Issues (cross-listed with LGST 110)
  • POLI 111A: Constitutional Law
  • POLI 120B: Society and Democracy in American Political Development
  • POLI 160B: International Law
  • POLI 186: Global Health Politics
  • PSYC 175: Personality, Relationships, and Emotions
  • SPAN 105: Introduction to Spanish Studies (Cross-listed with LIT 189C)


5. 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, 105A, 105B, occasionally SOCY 3B, 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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