Enrollment Advising

Fall 2021 Enrollment Information

(Updated 8/17/21) 

  1. Fall Schedule and Enrollment Group Advising Session - Recording Now Available
  2. Advising Availability and Calendar
  3. Important Dates for Fall Quarter Enrollment
  4. Understanding the Fall Schedule of Classes
  5. Course Information for: SOCY 1, SOCY 15, SOCY 105A, SOCY 178T, SOCY 196S
  6. Waitlist Process and Best Practices


1. Fall Schedule and Enrollment Group Advising Session Recording

In case you were not able to attend the "Sociology Fall Quarter Schedule and Enrollment Advising Session" held this past Friday, the recording of the meeting is now available.
Topics covered:
  • How to identify remote, online, and in-person courses
  • Options for secondary discussion sections
  • Tips for planning
  • Review of the SOCY Fall quarter courses, including enrollment prerequisites and restrictions
  • Where to find your enrollment appointments in MyUCSC, how to read them, and how they are determined
  • Where to find your units in MyUCSC
  • Elective course substitutions and double counting


Original Post:

Join the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor and Peer Advisor for a group advising session on the Fall schedule enrollment. We'll start by doing an overview of the SOCY courses offered and their prerequisites/restrictions, review where to look in MyUCSC for important information, and 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, May 14th 1-2pm

Zoom Information:


Meeting ID: 910 7977 4024

Passcode: 720669



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, 8pm and after.



3. Important Dates for Fall Quarter Enrollment

Dates and deadlines are pulled from the UCSC Academic Calendar and the Registar's Enrollment Information
  • May 10: Fall schedule goes live and enrollment appointments are posted in MyUCSC. The Sociology Quarterly Enrollment Information is now available
  • May 10-14: Advising Week for Fall quarter enrollment
  • May 17: First day of enrollment appointments begin
  • May 17-21: First Pass enrollment, by appointment
  • May 25-29: Second Pass enrollment and Waitlists open, by appointment
  • July 21: Last day to enroll before new student enrollment begins
  • July 22-August 9: Appointment window for continuing students close, new student appointments begin
  • August 9: Enrollment continues, and waitlists open, for all undergraduate students, by appointment
  • September 23: Instruction begins
  • October 2: Class permission numbers are required for class adds or section adjustments; waitlists are deleted
  • October 13: Add/Drop/Swap classes deadline
  • November 3: Withdraw from a Class Deadline
  • November 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. Understanding the Fall Schedule of Classes

Fall 2021 instruction will be a unique one, with a mix of in-person, online, remote, and hyrid courses. As a reference for understanding the different types of courses being offered, please review the Office of Registrar's Understanding the Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes guide.

Definitions of Common Terms Used for the Fall Schedule:

  • In-Person: About 64 percent of UCSC courses will be offered in-person on the main campus. When reviewing courses, if there is a location listed, then the course is in-person. If the course as a section, be sure to review if the course is remote/online or in-person as well.
  • Remote: Remote Instruction classes are classes that would normally be taught in person, but are being offered remotely due to COVID-19.
  • Online: Online classes have been approved by the Academic Senate for online instruction, and they often utilize advanced recordings and content. These classes are often, but not always, offered asynchronously.
  • Synchronous: Synchronous Instruction refers to classes and sections that have one or more set meeting times at enrollment.
  • Asynchronous: Asynchronous instruction means that there are not 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.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid classes use multiple modalities in a single course, usually with some in-person and some remote instruction. Remote meetings can be either synchronous or asynchronous.



6. 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, May 20. 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 20. 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, and 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 Spring/Summer'21 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.


SOCY 178T-01 Special Topics in Sociology: Solving Homelessness. This quarter our special topics course will be taught by Don Lane (former Mayor of Santa Cruz and member of the Santa Cruz City Council) and Phil Kramer (Executive Director at Housing Matters).

Description: Discusses concepts of social research, development, and culture as they relate to homelessness at both the local and global level. Themes include: the existence of power and resistance in society and the mechanism for social reproduction and change. Local visits outside of scheduled class time will be part of the class.

Enrollment Information: Prerequisite(s): SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or SOCY 15. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course is repeatable for credit.


SOCY 178T-02 Special Topics in Sociology: Introduction to Sound Studies. We have a second special topics course offered in Fall with Professor Joe Klett:

Description: Introduction to Sound Studies. This course explores the many ways we listen and make sound in society. We will read the work of anthropologists, historians, musicologists, and others to better understand how sound allows us to preserve knowledge, communicate new ideas and beliefs, and find meaning in the world. Lectures are presented in an audio-only format with a variety of viewing and listening activities. By the end of the course, students will have a working understanding of the field of Sound Studies and a completed final project of their own design. For info on crashing a sociology course, see: https://tinyurl.com/y9leu2um.

Enrollment Information: Prerequisite(s): SOCY 1 or SOCY 10 or SOCY 15. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course is repeatable for credit. 


SOCY 178Z Disability and Society: This course will be added to the schedule of classes the week of May 17-21. We welcome back UCSC Sociology PhD graduate, Laura Harrison, as the instructor of the course.

Description: An in-depth exploration of Disability Studies, an interdisciplinary field of research that seeks to question and critique dominant Western understandings of "disability" and to advance discussions around issues of intersectionality, equality, inclusionary politics of access, and social justice. (General Education Code(s): ER.)


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 14th, 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 Fall quarter. Seats are limited, it is possible some applicants may need to reschedule for Winter or Spring.

 UPDATE: All seminars are either near capacity or have already reached full capacity. Students who are graduating Fall 2021 should still apply. All others should start planning for a Winter or Spring seminar. Any additional applications received will be reviewed, with Fall 2021 graduates having priority, but we may not be able to accommodate any others.

  • SOCY 196S-01 Capitalism and Its Critics - with Professor Debbie Gould (In-Person)
  • SOCY 196S-02 Black Geographies - with Professor Camilla Hawthorne (Updated to Remote)
  • SOCY 196S-03 Immigration Enforcement and Deportations - with Professor Juan Pedroza (Remote)
         The priority deadline is: Friday, May 14th. 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 May 14th priority deadline will have their applications reviewed and responded to by May 18th. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed and responded to on a rolling basis. Please expect an email from tboom@ucsc.edu or socyadvising@ucsc.edu

Once Fall instruction begins, all enrollment inquiries should be sent directly to the instructor.




7. 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 offered in Fall 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.



8. 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 September 23rd, 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.



9. 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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