Enrollment Advising

Spring 2021 Enrollment Information

(Updated 2/17/21) 

  1. Spring Enrollment Group Advising Session - Feb 19 1-2pm
  2. Advising Calendar
  3. Important Dates for Spring Quarter Enrollment
  4. Course Information for: SOCY 1, SOCY 105B, SOCY 139T, SOCY 177, SOCY 178T, SOCY 196S
  5. Waitlist Process and Best Practices


1. Spring Enrollment Group Advising Session

Join the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor and Peer Advisor for a group advising session on Spring enrollment. We'll start by doing a quick overview of enrollment appointments, SOCY courses offered and their prerequisites/restrictions, then open it up for you to ask any questions. Many of your questions are the same as other sociology students, so let's discuss them together!

Friday, February 19th 1-2pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 964 1818 4164
Passcode: socyspring



2. Advising Calendar

Drop-in times are available with the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor and the Peer Advisor. For drop-in times and the Zoom links, please review the advising calendar and click on the drop-in advising event for the details.

30-minute appointments are also available with the Undergraduate Advisor (Tina Cossaboom) through Slug Success. For help with Slug Success, please refer to these how-to guides. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance. Please note: I will often have appointment slots at night, 7:30pm and after.



3. Important Dates for Spring Quarter Enrollment

Dates and deadlines are pulled from the UCSC Academic Calendar and the Registar's Enrollment Information
  • February 16: Spring schedule goes live and enrollment appointments are posted in MyUCSC. The Sociology Quarterly Enrollment Information is now available
  • February 16-22: Advising Week for Spring quarter enrollment
  • February 23: First day of enrollment appointments
  • February 23 - March 1: First Pass enrollment
  • March 2 - 5 : Second Pass enrollment and Waitlists open
  • March 29: Instruction begins. If enrolling in more than 19 units, and you are eligible to do so, you may enroll above 19 units starting on this day. Most SOCY courses are enrollment by permission code from this day and on
  • April 6: Waitlists end
  • April 7: Class permission numbers are required for class adds or section adjustments; waitlists are deleted
  • April 16: Add/Drop/Swap classes deadline
  • May 7: Withdraw from a Class Deadline
  • May 28: Late Add with $10 Fee Deadline (Requires Permission Code). Deadline to change grading option



4.  General Enrollment Information

  • Your enrollment appointment is posted in MyUCSC. To find your appointment go to: MyUCSC -> Enrollment -> Enrollment Dates. You can also find an enrollment dates box in your student center, click on the "details" link to view enrollment appointments. You will 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.

  • Course Prerequisites and Restrictions: In order to determine if you are eligible to enroll or waitlist in a particular course, you must review the details of the class. Courses may have restrictions (such as: juniors or seniors or certain majors) and/or they may have prerequisites. Each course may have a unique requirement for enrollment so it important to review each course individually.

  • How to Crash Sociology Courses During Remote Instruction (https://tinyurl.com/y9leu2um) During quarters of remote instruction, we ask that instructors and students follow these guidelines for crashing and waitlisting sociology courses. 



5. Course Information for: 

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, February 26th. 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 105B, Contemporary Social Theory: SOCY 105B is offered in Winter, Spring, and Summer, and is open to junior and senior students who are declared or proposed in sociology, have completed their ELWR and Composition requirement, and passed or in progress with SOCY 105A. If Spring quarter is the last chance you have to take SOCY 105B before graduation but you have trouble enrolling into the course, please contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu for help.

SOCY 139T Community-Based Research Practicum "We Belong - Uplifting the Experience of Mixed-Status Families for Immigrant Justice": This course, taught by Professor Steve McKay, is enrollment by application and permission code. Student must review the class details then complete the application linked below. The professor will review applications and send permission codes to selected students.

sp21139ttitle.pngsp21139t.pngThe Sociology Dept. and the CARA program of Oakes College have launched an exciting, community research project on immigrant justice in Santa Cruz and we invite undergrads to participate by signing up for our course: Socy 139T. Both Santa Cruz County and UCSC have large and growing Latinx populations: a third of SC County is Latinx while UCSC is officially a Hispanic Serving Institution. But many immigrant families still face daunting obstacles to their well-being: health, housing and employment insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic; anti-immigrant politics; housing and employment discrimination; lack of resources and services; social and political exclusion; and legal limbo. So what is it like to belong to a mixed-status immigrant family in Santa Cruz?  How does it impact the ability of families and communities to thrive? We Belong is an action-research project to better understand immigrant experiences and to form an action agenda to improve local conditions.

Students do NOT have to physically be in Santa Cruz to participate (class and fieldwork will be all done remotely). After initial training, students will get out of the (zoom) classroom 1-2 times a week, working directly with our community partners (Jovenes SANOS, a youth leadership program of the United Way of SC County) to apply their research skills in the field. Organized into teams, we will conduct in-depth interviews (via zoom or phone) with multiple members of mixed-status families; analyze data; do visual/digital storytelling; and more. We will learn how immigrants and their families experience mixed legal status, focusing on: migration stories; experiences at school and with other institutions; and how people create a sense of “home” and belonging under current conditions.

Enrollment into SOCY 139T is by permission code only. All students interested in enrolling must fill out the course application/survey online: https://tinyurl.com/ybudprsh (You must be signed into your UCSC email to have access). We will review the applications and issue permission codes directly to students until the course is full (60 seats total).  There are no specific requirements or previous research experience necessary, but we are looking for the following skills: fluent Spanish; experience with research methods, including interviewing; strong interpersonal skills; visual documentation skills (photo and/or video); qualitative data analysis (transcribing/translation/coding). For more information, please email Prof. McKay at smckay@ucsc.edu.


SOCY 177 Urban Sociology: We are offering SOCY 177 for a second time this year, though the focus will be different than the Winter offering, and will be taught by the Dean of Social Sciences, Professor Katharyne Mitchell

Description: This course focuses on social justice in the city, and invites students to investigate the social, spatial, and economic inequalities that shape urban life in the United States. The class will focus on broad debates and narratives about progress, development, democracy, race, equity, and justice, tying these large themes to how the contemporary American city is produced, governed, and imagined. A particular emphasis will be placed on issues of social justice and political resistance in the city. Rather than delving deeply into one specific field, the course will introduce—on a weekly basis—a number of different lenses through which urban life and inequality can be seen and analyzed; these include processes such as gentrification, segregation, policing, fortification, and enclaving. Whenever possible, Santa Cruz and the greater Bay Area will be used as a case study and laboratory where theories can be applied and challenged. In addition to learning about the city and the processes that shape it, this course is designed to improve and challenge students’ academic skills in critical thinking, writing, and political and geographical debate.

Enrollment Information: SOCY 1 or 10 or 15, and restricted to sophomore, junior and seniors. This course is repeatable for credit


SOCY 178T Special Topics in Sociology: Black Botanical Medicine in the Americas. This quarter our special topics course will be taught by Professor Naya Jones.

Description: This course focuses on two questions: How have plants been part of Black-led community health and healing in the Americas? And, how has this botanical knowledge been central to material and discursive geographies of blackness: to how blackness is lived, and to how blackness is constructed in health narratives, policy, and movements? Because Black botanical knowledge has been widely stigmatized and oppressed, these questions require a critical approach. In addition to learning about Black botanical knowledge in North and Latin America (African-American and Afro-Latinx), students can expect to analyze their own complex social locations in terms of power, privilege, and oppression; interrogate assumptions about local and traditional plant knowledge; and reconsider definitions of "health." They can expect to encounter broad understandings of health and healing that include environmental, economic, and spiritual dimensions. We will especially draw on theory and practice from Black geographies, Latinx geographies, urban and migrant botany, and Black/Latina/indigenous feminisms. Our analysis will span historical and contemporary moments using a range of materials, from academic texts and news stories, to art and creative writing. This class is a mix of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (not live) instruction.

Enrollment Information: Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. This course is not repeatable for credit


SOCY 196S Senior Seminars: Senior Seminars are enrollment by application and permission code. Senior sociology majors were emailed directly with this information and had a priority deadline of February 12th, however applications will still be accepted on a rolling basis. Please be sure to apply as soon as possible if you need/want to take a senior seminar in Spring quarter.

  • SOCY 196S-01 Community-Engaged Research in Higher Education - with Professor Rebecca London
  • SOCY 196S-02 Race, Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Politics - with Professor Julie Bettie
  • SOCY 196S-03 Housing Justice - with Professor Miriam Greenberg
  • SOCY 196S-04 Original Nations Approach to ‘Inter-National’ Law (ONAIL): Critical Interrogation of the Origin of ‘Inter-National’ Conflicts - with Professor Hiroshi Fukurai
Please submit the application by the priority deadline: Friday, February 12, if possible. After this initial deadline, applications will still be accepted on a rolling basis, but seats may be limited the longer you wait to apply.
Step 3: Check your email for an update
Students who apply by the priority deadline will have their applications reviewed and responded to by February 23rd. After this, we will begin to review applications received after the priority deadline and will aim to respond within five business days. Please expect an email from tboom@ucsc.edu or socyadvising@ucsc.edu

If you have not applied by the time Spring instruction begins, please contact the instructor to inquire about enrollment.



6. Approved Elective Course Substitutions Offered Spring Quarter 

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

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



7. Waitlist Process 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

  • Check your waitlist enrollment appointment, which is your 2nd enrollment appointment. The waitlist 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. 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. On March 29th, 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.



8. 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(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.
  • 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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