Enrollment Advising

Fall 2017 Enrollment Information

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1. Important Enrollment Notes for Fall 2017

  • 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 wait list. If a class is full and you meet the prerequisites/restrictions, enroll yourself to the wait list during your second enrollment appointment. Then crash the course on the first day of instruction. See wait list information below. If you have questions, contact the undergraduate advisor.

  • Your enrollment appointment for Fall has been posted. To find your appointment please log into your MyUCSC account and navigate to "my student center." On this page you'll see an "enrollment date" box on the right side of the screen. The information in the box tells you the date you can enroll, and you'll need to click on the "details" link to see what enrollment times you've received.

  • Shopping Cart Validation Feature and Shopping Cart Appointment: This new feature to the online enrollment system allows you to "validate" your shopping cart prior to enrollment. You will have a "shopping cart" appointment time throughout Advising Week (May 15-19) leading up to enrollment. Validating your shopping cart allows you to check for pre-requisite coursework, time conflicts, and other potential enrollment issues before your enrollment time. One note - enrollment holds are not reflected in the validate shopping cart feature, so be sure to take any appropriate steps needed to resolve any holds prior to enrollment. For instructions on how to use the validate shopping cart feature, check out the Registrar's Enrollment FAQ.

  • 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 25th), and a few seats will be open during priority enrollment day (May 22nd). If you are a junior or senior sociology student who needs to take SOCY 1 or SOCY 15 for major/minor declaration, please contact the undergraduate advisor.

  • SOCY 105A, Classical Social Theory, and SOCY 105B, Contemporary Social Theory, will be offered twice in the 2017-18 academic year. We will also continue to offer both courses in Summer Session. There are a few additional changes, including:

    • SOCY 105A will be offered in fall and winter quarters, as well as in the summer.
    • SOCY 105B will be offered in winter and spring quarters, as well as in the summer.
    • SOCY 105A will be a prerequisite to SOCY 105B. You must take the courses in A->B order starting next year. This change will take effect after this summer.
    • For each offering in the academic year, the course capacities have been reduced to 200 (previously they were 300 capacity). While in a given quarter there are less seats in SOCY 105A and 105B, overall for the academic year 100 additional seats will be available in each course.
    • Secondary discussion sections for SOCY 105A and 105B have been reduced to 25 capacity each (previously they were 30 capacity). With fewer students in each section, TAs will have more time to work with their students, particularly since SOCY 105A and 105B satisfy the Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement in the major, as of Fall 2016.
  • SOCY 105A For Seniors: Students who are graduating in the next academic year and still need to take SOCY 105A, can plan for the course for Fall, Winter or Summer quarter. However, if Fall quarter is your only option but you were not able to enroll during your enrollment appointment, please contact the undergraduate advisor asap for help.


2. Enrollment Options

If you were not able to get into any Sociology courses or a specific course, please review the following options:
  • Know your wait list appointment and how to use wait lists (see below). If you are eligible for a course but it has filled, your best option is to wait list the course and crash on the first day. If you are not eligible for a course, then your only option is to crash the course on the first day.
  • Review the previously approved elective course substitutions (below), 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 other electives will all be offered during Summer Session.
  • Consider learning a new language. Not only are you fulfilling units, but you're learning a skill that's very valuable for Sociology majors and in the job market.
  • Still have GEs remaining? Complete them now while you have the time.
  • Remember that you must meet 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 courses that are used just to satisfy units.
  • Enroll into back up courses, then wait list and crash courses later. The later you enroll into courses, the less courses will be available campus wide.



3. Wait Lists

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




  • Check your wait list 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.

  • You may only wait list 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 yourself to a wait list is October 6th 11:59pm. Wait list enrollment is available before the 8th day of instruction. Note: if you enroll onto a wait list 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 wait list 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 wait list will be automatically enrolled.

  • Your wait list position number may not be the order in which students are enrolled. Students often make wait list errors when they are enrolling, which leads to being skipped over on the wait list. Please review the wait list information PRIOR to enrolling onto a wait list to ensure you do not make an error.  Reg FAQ.:"When signing up for the wait list it is important to make sure you do not have any time conflicts and you have indicated the swap you would like to take place if enrolled from the wait list. If there is one of these errors, the process will fail to enroll you, and move on to the next person on the wait list. The wait-list position number may not be the order in which students enroll." In addition to students being skipped over on the wait list due to time conflicts, unit limits, and not using the swap function, students will also be skipped over on the wait list if a full/closed secondary discussion section was selected for the wait list. Please review the information below on "How to Avoid Common Wait List Mistakes"

  • For the Sociology department, auto-enrollment will stop the morning of the first day of instruction (September 28th). 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 wait list position numbers.

  • If you are not auto-enrolled 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.

  • The course you wish to wait list for will put you over the 19 unit limit:
    • Issue: Students cannot enroll in more than 19 units until the first day of instruction and the eligibility criteria have been met. You will not be auto-enrolled into the course if you are attempting to enroll in more than 19 units through the wait list.
    • Solution: Swap yourself on to a wait list. Using the "swap" tab in your MyUCSC enrollment page will allow you to choose the course you want to drop from your schedule if you are auto-enrolled into the wait listed course. If you are skipped on the wait list please refer to the email you will receive at the end of the day from the registrar with directions on how to resolve the issue.
  • If you have a time conflict:
    • Issue: If the course you wish to wait list for has a time conflict with a course you are already enrolled in, you will be skipped on the wait list.
    • Solution:  Swap yourself on to a wait list. "Swap" to indicate the course you want to drop that has a time conflict. Or adjust your schedule prior to your wait list enrollment appointment time to prevent time conflicts. If you are skipped on the wait list please refer to the email you will receive at the end of the day from the registrar with directions on how to resolve the issue.
  • Choosing a section:
    • Issue: For courses that have a lecture and section, when you initially add/swap yourself on to a wait list you will need to choose one section to wait list under. You will only be enrolled in the class if the section you selected has an open seat. You may not enroll over the capacity of a section.
    • Solution: Choose a section that fits with your schedule, still has seats available, has the lowest number of students wait listed, and/or sections that are listed at the bottom or are unpopular sections (usually Friday or night sections). If all the sections are full, it is difficult to predict which section might have a seat become available (a student has to drop from that section), so if you have followed the above best practices as much as possible, it is ok if you remain in the section you chose. The registrar will NOT send an email to you to inform you that you were skipped for this reason. Please keep an eye on the schedule of classes to see if it would be beneficial to change the section you have wait listed for. To change your section selection without losing your spot on the wait list, you must contact the office of registrar for help. Otherwise, you may drop from the wait list and enroll again to the bottom of the 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.

  • 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. The form can be found under our Forms and Handouts page.
  • 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 Listed Below with an Asterisk (*): These courses have a restriction or prerequisite. Please check the schedule of classes to verify if you are eligible. Some may be as simple as having a certain class level standing or waiting until the second-pass enrollment appointments have ended. If you do not meet the restriction/prerequisite, you may crash the course on the first day and speak to the instructor.

·       ANTH 130L - 01   Ethnographies of Latin America*

·       ANTH 159 - 01   Race and Anthropology

·       ANTH 187 - 01   Cultural Heritage in Colonial Contexts

·       APLX 113 - 01   Inter-Cultural Communication

·       CLTE 110 - 01   Service Learning Field Study (Esprit de Corps, 5 unit version only)*

·       CMMU 132 - 01   American Cities and Social Change

·       CMMU 163 - 01   Health Care Inequalities*

·       ECON 126 - 01   Why Economies Succeed or Fail: Lessons from Western and Japanese History*

·       EDUC 128 - 01   Immigrants and Education*

·       EDUC 141 - 01   Bilingualism and Schooling*

·       EDUC 170 - 01   East Asian Schooling and Immigration*

·       FMST 124 - 01   Technology, Science, and Race Across the Americas*

·       FILM 132B - 01   International Cinema, 1960 to Present*

·       FILM 165B - 01   Race on Screen*

·       HIS 110G - 01   Age of Extremes: The United States During the Cold War, 1945 to 1991

·       HIS 115A - 01   U.S. Labor History to 1919

·       HIS 122B - 01   Jazz and United States Cultural History, 1945 to the Present

·       HIS 130 - 01   History of Modern Cuba

·       HIS 177 - 01   Smoke, Smallpox, and the Sublime: Thinking about the Environment in the 19th Century

·       HAVC 141K - 01   Activist Art Since 1960: Art, Technology, Activism

·       HISC 112 - 01   Foundations in Critical Theory

·       LALS 100 - 01   Concepts and Theories in Latin American and Latina/o Studies*

·       LALS 122 - 01   Media and Nationalism*

·       LALS 155 - 01   Latin American and Latino Youth Movements

·       LGST 110 - 01   Law and Social Issues* (cross-listed w/ POLI 110)

·       LGST 111A - 01   Constitutional Law*(cross-listed w/ POLI 111A)

·       OAKS 151A & 151B Corre la Voz: Community Literacies and Power& Community Literacies Field Study* (Both must be taken for 5 total units)

·       POLI 110 - 01   Law and Social Issues* (cross-listed w/ LGST 110)

·       POLI 111A - 01   Constitutional Law* (cross-listed w/ LGST 111A)

·       POLI 128 - 01   American Elections and Voting Behavior*

·       POLI 140A - 01   European Politics*

·       POLI 160D - 01   International Political Economy*

·       PSYC 135 - 01   Feelings and Emotions*

·       PSYC 142 - 01   Psychology of Oppression and Liberation* (open to Sociology majors)

·       PSYC 150 - 01   Social Psychology of Flimflam*

·       PSYC 169 - 01   Community Mental Health (CMH)*

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