Enrollment Advising


Fall 2022 Enrollment Information

(Last Updated 5/21/22)

  1. Advising Availability
  2. Important Dates for Fall Quarter Enrollment
  3. Understanding the Fall Schedule of Classes
  4. Approved Elective Course Substitutions Offered Fall Quarter
  5. Course Information for: SOCY 1, SOCY 15, SOCY 105A, SOCY 173X, SOCY 196S
  6. Waitlisting and Best Practices

1. Advising Availability

In-person and Zoom drop-in advising hours are available with the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor and Peer Advisors. Upcoming drop-in times are listed in the advising calendar, click on the drop-in advising event for details. Upcoming hours are also listed in the chart below for convenience.

30-minute Zoom appointments are also available with the Undergraduate Advisor through Navigate/Slug Success. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance. (Please note: Appointment will often be available at night, 8pm and after).


Upcoming Drop-in Advising Hours:

Sociology drop-in advising


Undergrad Advisor and Peer Advisors Zoom drop-in times are available. Zoom links are different for each.


Rachel Carson Academic Building, 2nd floor, Rm 226. Undergrad Advisor and Peer Advisors are available.

Monday, May 23
10am-4pm (Peer Advisor or Undergrad Advisor; Join Zoom) We had a last minute change to remote for this day. If you come by in-person for a stole purchase or cord pick-up, another staff member may be able to assist you.
Tuesday, May 24th 10am-1pm (Peer Advisor; Join Zoom)
Wednesday, May 25th 10am-1pm
Thursday, May 26th

10am-1pm (Peer Advisor; Join Zoom)

1-3pm (Undergrad Advisor; Join Zoom)

Friday, May 27th



2. Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Dates and deadlines are pulled from the UCSC Academic Calendar and the Registar's Enrollment Information
  • May 9: Fall schedule goes live and enrollment appointments are posted in MyUCSC.
  • May 9-13: Advising Week for Fall quarter enrollment
  • May 16: First day of enrollment appointments begin with priority groups
  • May 16-20: First-pass enrollment, by appointment
  • May 24-27: Second-pass enrollment and Waitlists open, by appointment
  • May 30: Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 9: Spring quarter ends. Removal of incomplete deadline for Winter classes.
  • June 14: Spring grades due. The Office of Registrar will begin dropping courses from student schedules if they failed a prerequisite for a Fall course.
  • July 23-August 18: New student enrollment
  • September 17: Fall quarter begins
  • September 22: Fall instruction begins
  • October 3 (estimated): Permission numbers are required for enrollment or section adjustments (instructor issues the code); waitlists are deleted
  • October 14 (estimated): Add/Drop/Swap Spring classes deadline
  • November 4 (estimated): Withdraw from a Fall class deadline
  • November 29 (estimated): Late add with $10 fee deadline (requires permission code from instructor). Deadline to change grading option



3. Understanding the Fall Schedule of Classes

The mode of instruction for Fall quarter is in-person, though you may see a few online course options available. The following terms and modes of instruction may be used throughout the schedule:

  • In-Person: When reviewing courses, if there is a location listed, then the course is in-person. If the course has a secondary discussion section or lab, be sure to review the locations as there may be online and/or in-person options.
  • Online: Online classes have been approved by the Academic Senate for online instruction, and they often utilize advanced recordings and content. The location of the class will say "Online"
  • Synchronous: Synchronous Instruction refers to classes and sections that have one or more set meeting times at enrollment. If there is a day and time listed for the course, then it is synchronous.
  • Asynchronous: Asynchronous instruction means that there are no set meeting times for enrollment. Course materials are pre-recorded and carefully pre-planned for students who will have minimal (or no) face-to-face, real-time interactions outside of office hours. If there are no meeting days and times listed for the course, then it is asynchronous.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid classes use multiple modalities in a single course, usually with some in-person and some online instruction. Online meetings can be either synchronous or asynchronous. Check the course notes as there may be additional details.



4. Approved Elective Course Substitutions Offered Fall Quarter 

Elective course substitutions are upper-division, 5-unit courses offered through other departments. Review policies, processes, and approved courses by selecting the program you are pursuing:

Sociology BA - Approved Elective Course Substitutions

GISES concentration or GISES Minor - Approved Elective Course Substitutions

Combined LALS/SOCY majors do not have a list as the major only allows education abroad courses to apply to the sociology electives.


5. Course Information for: 

SOCY 1 Introduction to Sociology
SOCY 15 World Society
SOCY 105A Classical Social Theory
SOCY 173X Water and Sanitation Justice
SOCY 196S Senior Seminars 

SOCY 1, Introduction to Sociology: This course is gated, meaning we open a certain number of seats each day of First Pass enrollment. While there will be some seats open for priority, seniors, and juniors, the majority of the seats will open on the sophomore enrollment day, May 26. If you are a junior or senior sociology student who needs to take SOCY 1 to qualify to declare the sociology major but are having trouble enrolling into the course, please contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu.

SOCY 15, World Society: This course is gated, meaning we open a certain number of seats each day of First Pass enrollment. While there will be some seats open for priority, seniors, and juniors, the majority of the seats will open on the sophomore enrollment day, May 26. If you are a junior or senior sociology student who needs to take SOCY 15 to qualify to declare the sociology major but are having trouble enrolling into the course, please contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu.

SOCY 105A, Classical Social Theory: SOCY 105A is offered in Fall, Winter, and Summer. It is open to junior and senior students who are declared or proposed in sociology, and have completed their ELWR and Composition requirement. Junior standing is having 90 units after the Fall quarter courses on your schedule.

  • If Fall quarter is the last chance you have to take SOCY 105A before graduation but you have trouble enrolling into the course, please contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu for help.
  • If you have met all the requirements of enrollment, except being a junior or senior, we may be able to assist eligible sophomores with early enrollment. Exceptions will only be considered after Two Pass enrollment has ended. Contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu after Two Pass enrollment to discuss an exception.

SOCY 173X, Water and Sanitation Justice: Students taking SOCY 173X this Fall quarter will be part of the new Global Classrooms. Here is an extended description of the course:

This online course explores the many manifestations of water and sanitation justice on multiple interlocking scales (i.e. local, national, transnational). It features a unique ‘virtual exchange’ component pairing students in this course with Environmental Management master’s students at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada. Global Classrooms (i.e. virtual exchange) are an opportunity for students to gain international experience using online learning technologies to collaborate, communicate and learn with students from another country around shared course content. UCSC students in this course will study water and sanitation justice -- learning from a range of global south and north cases and using key technical and social concepts to address rights, equity, and justice concerning water and sanitation. The ‘virtual exchange’ component of this course includes projects that UCSC and RRU students will create and share in small groups including video watershed tours, reading and analysis, virtual guest lectures, documentaries, and international student interviews. This diverse approach will acquaint students with practical and theoretical knowledge about water and sanitation justice while helping them build international connections to grow individually and professionally. This course includes 2-3 synchronous meetings TBA (not required but strongly advised and recorded for those who cannot make them). Students will also be required to meet synchronously with their small group at hours they organize with their teammates.

SOCY 196S, Senior Seminars: Senior Seminars are enrollment by application and permission code. Senior sociology majors were emailed directly with this information and have a priority deadline of May 11th, however applications will still be accepted on a rolling basis after this deadline. Please be sure to apply as soon as possible if you need/want to take a senior seminar in Fall quarter.

The priority deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 11th. Applications will still being accepted on a rolling basis after this deadline, but seats may be limited the longer you wait to apply. Some late applicants may need to wait for the Winter or Spring seminars.
Step 3: Check your email for an update
Students who apply by the priority deadline will have their applications reviewed and responded to between May 12-16. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed and responded to on a rolling basis. Please expect an email from socyadvising@ucsc.edu or tboom@ucsc.edu 

As we get closer to Fall quarter, the application will close and all enrollment inquiries must be sent directly to the instructor.



6. Waitlisting and Best Practices

Students should follow the waitlist guides and recommendations. Instructors and advisors cannot add to or edit online waitlists.

Review the Registrar's Waitlist FAQs

How to Waitlist for a Course:

  1. Enroll into your back-up course(s) first. Always have your back-up course(s) added to your schedule before you waitlist for your desired course. This is to ensure you meet your full time unit requirement and so you have a back-up course(s) in case your waitlisted course does not work out.
  2. Now set up your waitlist course. Navigate to your enrollment page and 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, then select "add the course to your shopping cart".
  3. Check the “Waitlist if class is full” box and select Next.
  4. From the drop down menu “If Enrolled Drop This Class” select the course you want to drop if you are enrolled into your waitlisted course. This would be the back-up course you enrolled into initially. Setting up this feature allows MyUCSC to automatically swap your back-up course out with your waitlisted course,
  5. Review your selection and select Proceed to Step 2 of 3.
  6. To complete the enrollment select Finish Enrolling. A checkmark under Status means that your enrollment was successful.

Sociology Department Waitlist Process and Best Practices

  • Waitlists open during your second enrollment appointment. The waitlist appointment is listed along with your other enrollment appointment(s) and has a "14.00" listed under "Max Wait List Units" column. "14.00" 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. This is done in the drop down menu "If Enrolled Drop This Class”. 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.

  • 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.

  • Starting on the first day of instruction, most SOCY courses are enrollment by permission code only. Most waitlists for SOCY courses will stop enrolling students, and instead the professors will begin using their permission codes to admit waitlisted and/or crashing students. 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. 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 AND you have not already heard from the instructor about their process for the first day of instruction, follow the "crash" a sociology course instructions.



7. Backup and Third Course 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(s) 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 the course. 
  • Review the previously approved upper division elective course substitutions above, and review the schedule of classes to identify courses you can potentially petition for approval.

  • Looking for a fun/easy course to balance your schedule?
    • Search for courses numbered in the 80's (such as 80A, 80L, 80M) in various departments, including Art, Film, HAVC, HISC, Literature, Music, Theater, and more! Courses numbered in the 80's are open to all students, have no prerequisites, and are often fun subjects.
    • Check courses offered under the College you are affiliated with. They will often have great course options, especially in Winter and Spring.
    • Explore new or related topics by taking the intro courses in various departments. Explore departments that are similar to sociology, such as ANTH, CMMU, CRES, EDUC, FMST, LALS, LGST, POLI, or PSYC. Or venture into new subjects such as Arts or Arts and Playable Media, Biology, Computer Science, Econ, Film, Linguistics, Literature, Theater, or learn a new language.
  • 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, 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. Take advantage of some fun courses at UCSC, such as through Art, Theater, Music, and HAVC.
  • GISES students, you have a lot of flexibility with your electives. Be sure to review the process for GISES electives (major, minor)

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