Enrollment Advising

Fall 2020 Sociology Enrollment Information  (Updated 6/30/20)  

  1. Sociology Advising Availability
  2. Important Dates for Enrollment
  3. Course Information for: SOCY 1, SOCY 15, SOCY 105A, SOCY 178T, SOCY 196S 


1. Sociology Advising Availability

Review drop-in and appointment information on our advising page. 


2. Important Dates for Enrollment

  • Advising Week: June 5-16
  • Priority Enrollment: June 17
  • First Pass Enrollment Begins, by Appointment: June 19 
  • Second Pass Enrollment and Waitlists Begin, by Appointment: July 1
  • Fall Quarter Begins: September 26
  • Fall Instruction Begins: October 1
  • Permission Codes Required for All Enrollments/Section Swaps: October 10
  • Add/Drop/Swap Deadline: October 21
  • Withdraw from a Class Deadline: November 12
  • Late Add with $10 Fee Deadline (Requires Permission Code from Instructor): December 4
  • Deadline to Change Grading Option in MyUCSC: December 4



3.  General Enrollment Notes

  • 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.

  • Discussion Section Schedules Pending: You may notice the secondary discussion sections have not been scheduled yet. The Registrar is working on scheduling sections and they 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 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. 



4. Course Information for: 

SOCY 1, SOCY 15, SOCY 105A, SOCY 178T, SOCY 196S

  • SOCY 1, Introduction to Sociology: The majority of the seats in this course will open on the Sophomore enrollment day, June 25th. The course will also typically have a few seats open for first-pass priority enrollment and junior enrollment. If you are a junior or senior sociology student who needs to take SOCY 1 to qualify to declare the sociology major and have trouble enrolling into the course, please contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu asap. 
  • SOCY 15, World Society: The majority of the seats in this course will open on the Sophomore enrollment day, June 25th. The course will also typically have a few seats open for first-pass priority enrollment and junior enrollment. If you are a junior or senior sociology student who needs to take SOCY 15 to qualify to declare the sociology major and have trouble enrolling into the course, please contact socyadvising@ucsc.edu asap. 

  • SOCY 105A, Classical Social Theory: SOCY 105A is offered in Fall, Winter, and Summer, and is open to junior and senior students who are declared or proposed in sociology, and have completed their ELWR requirement. Junior standing = 90 units (completed and pending spring/summer). SOCY 105A is a prerequisite to SOCY 105B. 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 asap. 

  • NEW! SOCY 178T Special Topics in Sociology: Sociology of Religion, the Environment, and Sustainability: This course will be added to the Fall schedule for the second pass enrollment appointments. Taught by Professor Bernie Zaleha. Prerequisite: SOCY 1 or 10 or 15, and restricted to sophomore, junior and seniors.  Description:
    UCLA historian Lynn White, Jr. famously contended in his 1967 article, "The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis," that "Judeo-Christian" ideas of human dominion over the non-human biophysical world translate into negative environmental impacts, making an essentially Weberian argument (without citing Weber). Ever since White's provocative article, the role of religious ideas in environment-related human behavior has been a fierce area of debate. Sociology in its founding (especially with Marx, Durkheim, and Weber) paid considerable attention to the role of and effects upon society of various forms of religious ideology. This course will briefly outline the main contours of both classical and contemporary theories of sociology of religion. Utilizing this foundation, the class will explore the competing claims that the world’s predominant religions are alternatively harmful by suppressing or beneficial in promoting increased environmental concern and improved environmental policy.  Given that approximating 2 in 3 Americans self-identify as some form of Christian, Christian environment-related movements over the last 1/2 century will be examined in light of the abundant social science research on this topic conducted over the last 4 decades. The emerging research on the fastest growing "religious" demographic -- the religiously non-affiliated -- will also be explored, a demographic group now roughly equal in size to American evangelicals and American Catholics, and consider the likely effects of this demographic on future American attitudes toward environmental concern and environmental policy.
  • SOCY 196S Senior Seminars: We recently announced changes to our comprehensive requirement starting in 2020-21. The biggest change is that we will no longer offer the SOCY 196A Capstone, and instead will switch to SOCY 196S Senior Seminar, with different topics offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Senior Seminars are enrollment by application and permission code. Review Fall quarter Senior Seminars and apply by June 12th here (https://tinyurl.com/y8vlnejc). June 12th is for the initial review, but students can still apply after June 12th, though seats may be limited after the initial review. 



5. Waitlists

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 Policies and Best Practices

  • Check your waitlist enrollment appointment, which is 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. 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. 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.

  • Waitlist enrollment is available until October 9th. However, if you enroll into a waitlist after the first day of instruction, and you did not digitally attend the first day of instruction, it is up to the instructor if they will consider you for a seat in the course. Please email the instructor if you have added yourself to the waitlist after the first day of instruction.

  • Sociology 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 which students can still get 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. 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, email the instructor to learn about how you can digitally "crash" the course,


6. Elective Course Substitutions for Fall Quarter 

Elective course substitutions are upper-division, 5-unit courses offered through other departments, study abroad, or other four year institutions. Below you will find information pertaining to elective course substitutions offered at UCSC.

Review policies, processes, and approved courses offered in Fall by clicking on 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. 


7. 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, 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. 
  • 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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