Enrollment Advising

Spring 2019 Sociology Enrollment Information 

Advising week: February 20-25
Priority enrollment begins: February 26
  1. Additional Course Information: SOCY 1, 105B, 117M, 139T, 170P, 178T, and 196A


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 for Spring will be posted on your MyUCSC Student Center page on February 20th. 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. Please be sure to adjust your schedule once the sections are posted.
  • 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.


2. Additional Course Information for:
SOCY 1, 105B, 117M, 139T, 170P, 178T, 196A
  • SOCY 1, Intro to Sociology, Opening Date: The majority of the SOCY 1 seats will open 9am on the sophomore enrollment day (March 1st), 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 to qualify for the sociology major declaration, please contact the undergraduate advisor.

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

  • SOCY 117M, Immigration Enforcement and Deportation: SOCY 117M is a brand new course offered for the first time this Spring 2019, taught by Professor Juan Pedroza. "The intensification of immigration enforcement in the United States and the associated rise of mass deportations have reached the lives of millions of immigrants and local communities. Course covers the context, determinants, and consequences of enforcement and deportation practices. Prerequisite(s): SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or SOCY 15 or LALS 1. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)" 
  • SOCY 139T, Community-Engaged Research Practicum, Enrollment Information: SOCY 139T enrollment is by application and permission code only. The course will be taught by Professor Steve McKay and the topic is: "We Belong: Uplifting the Experience of Mix-Status Families for Immigrant Justice." Complete the following steps to apply:
    1. Review the course flyer.
    2. Complete the online application.
    3. Enroll in a back-up course in the meantime. Professor McKay will review the application and issue permission codes directly to students until the course is full.
    4. If you receive a permission code, enroll immediately. If you are also enrolling into SOCY 105B for Spring quarter, sections for SOCY 139T are optional due to the time conflict between the SOCY 105B lecture and the SOCY 139T section times. Professor McKay will address supplementary work if you are not able to do the SOCY 139T sections.
  • SOCY 170P, Political Economy of Race: SOCY 170P is a brand new course offered for the first time this Spring 2019, taught by Professor Camilla Hawthorne. "Explores the enduring racial and economic legacies of slavery and colonialism in relation to contemporary social problems, with an emphasis on segregation, policing, the prison industrial complex, immigration, and borders. Prerequisite(s): SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or SOCY 15 or CRES 10, or by permission of the instructor. (General Education Code(s): ER.)"
  • SOCY 178T, Special Topics in Sociology: SOCY 178T is a brand new topical course offered for the first time this Spring 2019, taught by Graduate Student Instructor Kati Barhona-Lopez. SOCY 178T is repeatable for credit as future offerings will have different topics. The Spring 2019 topic is "Central American Migration to the United States: Migrants from the Central American Northern Triangle—Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—became a focus of immigration policy during the Obama presidency due to an increase in family and unaccompanied minor migrants. However, large groups of Central America have been in the United States since the 1980. Unlike Mexican migrants, large portions of the Central American community have access to forms of liminal legality such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), making Central American migrants unique case studies in the fields of immigrant reception, incorporation, and legalization. Prerequisite(s): SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or SOCY 15. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors."
  • SOCY 196A, Capstone: The Sociologist as a Public Intellectual: SOCY 196A will be open for regular enrollment. Students are eligible to enroll if they are a junior or senior declared in Sociology BA. If you are a senior who still needs to satisfy their comprehensive requirement, please be sure you enroll into SOCY 196A during your first enrollment appointment time. Seniors who have trouble enrolling should contact the undergraduate advisor asap for help. If seats remain after seniors and priority enrollment groups have enrolled, then eligible juniors may enroll.


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.

  • The last day to enroll onto a waitlist is April 9th. 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.


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. 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 110Y - 01   Feeding California (online)

·      ANTH 131 - 01   Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective*

·      BIOE 118 - 01   Plants and Society: the Biology of Food, Shelter, and Medicine*

·      CRSN 161 - 01   Education for Sustainable Living Program (5 unit version only)

·      CMMU 156 - 01   Politics of Food and Health

·      COWL 126 - 01   Trajectories of Justice: Standing Rock, Climate Change, and Trump's Potential Impeachment

·      ECON 110 - 01   Managerial Cost Accounting and Control*

·      ECON 125 - 01   Economic History of the U.S *

·      ECON 169 - 01   Economic Analysis of the Law* (cross-listed with LGST 169)

·      EDUC 128 - 01   Immigrants and Education*

·      EDUC 164 - 01   Urban Education*

·      EDUC 173 - 01   Seminar in Critical Pedagogy*

·      ENVS 100L - 01   Ecology and Society Lab* (5 unit course only)

·      FMST 145 - 01   Racial and Gender Formations in the U.S

·      FMST 188 - 01   Topics in Feminist Studies

·      FILM 165B - 01   Race on Screen*

·      FILM 165D - 01   Asian Americans and Media*

·      FILM 168 - 01   National Cinema and Culture*

·      HAVC 140C - 01   Race and American Visual Arts

·      HAVC 140D - 01   Chicano/Chicana Art: 1970-Present

·      HAVC 141E - 01   Histories of Photography

·      HIS 105 - 01   Nations and Nationalism

·      HIS 121A - 01   African American History to 1877

·      HIS 125A - 01   Indigenous Histories of California

·      HIS 130 - 01   History of Modern Cuba

·      HIS 173B - 01   Imperial Russia, 1696-1917

·      ITAL 106 - 01   Italian Culture Through Film*

·      LALS 100B - 01   Cultural Theory in the Americas*

·      LALS 124 - 01   Brazilian Cinema

·      LALS 128 - 01   Latino Media in the U.S (cross-listed w/ OAKS 128)

·      LALS 170 - 01   Indigenous Struggles in the Americas

·      LALS 178 - 01   Gender, Transnationalism, and Globalization

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

·      LGST 120B - 01   Society and Democracy in American Political Development* (cross-listed w/ POL 120B)

·      LGST 132 - 01   California Water Law and Policy (cross-listed w/ POLI 132)

·      LGST 133 - 01   Law of Democracy* (cross-listed w/ POLI 133)

·      LGST 160B - 01   International Law* (cross-listed w/ POLI 160B)

·      LIT 149C - 01   The 1960s

·      OAKS 128 - 01   Latino Media in the U.S (cross-listed w/ LALS 128)

·      OAKS 151A & 151B   Corre la Voz (5 units together)

·      POLI 103 - 01   Feminist Interventions*

·      POLI 105B - 01   Early Modern Political Thought* (cross-listed w/ LGST 105B)

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

·      POLI 120B - 01   Society and Democracy in American Political Development* (cross-listed with LGST 120B)

·      POLI 132 - 01   California Water Law and Policy (cross-listed with LGST 132)

·      POLI 133 - 01   Law of Democracy* (cross-listed with LGST 133)

·      POLI 140D - 01   Politics of East Asia*

·      POLI 160B - 01   International Law*

·      POLI 172 - 01   Liberalism, the State, and the War on Terror*

·      PSYC 140G - 01   Women's Lives in Context*

·      PSYC 140Q - 01   Social Psychology of Gender*

·      PSYC 175 - 01   Personality, Relationships, and Emotions*


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, 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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