Enrollment Advising

Fall 2018 Enrollment Information

  1. Enrollment Options
Advising week: May 14-18th
Priority enrollment begins: May 21st
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1. Enrollment Notes for Fall 2018

  • 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 wait list. If a class is full and you meet the prerequisites/restrictions, enroll yourself to the wait list during your second enrollment appointment. Then crash the course on the first day of instruction. See wait list information below. If you have questions, contact the undergraduate advisor.

  • Your enrollment appointment for Fall has posted in your student center. To find your appointment please log into your MyUCSC account and navigate to your student center. On this page you'll see an "enrollment date" box on the right side of the screen. You will need to click on the "details" link to see what enrollment times you've received. 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 wait listing for courses.  Learn more about how enrollment appointments work by watching this brief tutorial.

  • 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 the time priority enrollment begins on May 21st. Please be sure to adjust your shopping cart once the sections are scheduled.
  • SOCY 1 and SOCY 15 Opening Date: The majority of the SOCY 1 and SOCY 15 seats will open 9am on the sophomore enrollment day (May 24th), and a few seats will be open during priority enrollment day (May 21st). If you are a junior or senior sociology student who needs to take SOCY 1 and/or SOCY 15 for major/minor declaration, please contact the undergraduate advisor.

  • SOCY 105A For Seniors in Their Last Quarter: If Fall quarter is your last chance to take SOCY 105A but for any reason you were not able to enroll, please contact the undergraduate advisor asap for help.

  • Summer Session Courses: Enrollment for Summer Session is currently open. As you plan your Fall quarter courses, be sure to also review the Summer course offerings.


2. Wait Lists

If you have any questions about wait lists, please contact the undergraduate advisor, do not contact the instructor.




  • Check your wait list 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.

  • You may only wait list 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 yourself to a wait list is October 5th. Wait list enrollment is available before the 8th day of instruction. Note: if you enroll onto a wait list 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 wait list 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 wait list will be automatically enrolled.

  • Your wait list position number may not be the order in which students are enrolled. Students often make wait list errors when they are enrolling, which leads to being skipped over on the wait list. Please review the wait list information PRIOR to enrolling onto a wait list to ensure you do not make an error.  Reg FAQ.:"When signing up for the wait list it is important to make sure you do not have any time conflicts and you have indicated the swap you would like to take place if enrolled from the wait list. If there is one of these errors, the process will fail to enroll you, and move on to the next person on the wait list. The wait-list position number may not be the order in which students enroll." In addition to students being skipped over on the wait list due to time conflicts, unit limits, and not using the swap function, students will also be skipped over on the wait list if a full/closed secondary discussion section was selected for the wait list. Please review the information below on "How to Avoid Common Wait List Mistakes"

  • For the Sociology department, auto-enrollment will stop the morning of the first day of instruction (September 27th). 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 wait list position numbers.

  • If you are not auto-enrolled 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.


  • The course you wish to wait list for will put you over the 19 unit limit:
    • Issue: Students cannot enroll in more than 19 units until the first day of instruction and the eligibility criteria have been met. You will not be enrolled into the course if you are attempting to enroll in more than 19 units through the wait list.
    • Solution:  When you are placing yourself on the wait list through MyUCSC's enrollment page, there will be an option that allows you to tell the system which class you wish to drop IF you get into the course you are wait listing for. The system will automatically make the class switch for you so that you never have to worry about going over the 19 unit limit.
  • If you have a time conflict:
    • Issue: If the course you wish to wait list for has a time conflict with a course you are already enrolled in, you will be skipped on the wait list.
    • Solution:  If the time conflict cannot be avoided, then you will have to choose which course you would prefer to take. When you are placing yourself on the wait list through MyUCSC's enrollment page, there will be an option that allows you to tell the system which class you wish to drop IF you get into the course you are wait listing for. Select the course that has the time conflict with your desired class. The system will automatically make the class switch for you so that you never have to worry the time conflict.
  • Choosing a section:
    • Issue: For courses that have a lecture and section, when you initially add/swap yourself on to a wait list you will need to choose one section to wait list under. You will only be enrolled in the class if the section you selected has an open seat. You may not enroll over the capacity of a section.
    • Solution: Choose a section that fits with your schedule, still has seats available, has the lowest number of students wait listed, and/or sections that are listed at the bottom or are unpopular sections (usually Friday or night sections). If all the sections are full, it is difficult to predict which section might have a seat become available (a student has to drop from that section), so if you have followed the above best practices as much as possible, it is ok if you remain in the section you chose. To change your section selection without losing your spot on the wait list, you must contact the office of registrar for help. Otherwise, you may drop from the wait list and enroll again to the bottom of the wait list.



3. 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 advisor 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. The form can be found under our Forms and Handouts page.
  • To Petition a New Course Substitution: The course must be 5-units, upper-division, sociological, and the syllabus must be submitted with the Course Substitution Petition 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. Some may be as simple as having a certain class level standing. 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.

  • Transfer Students in Their First Quarter: Please refer to this slightly different list of previously approved course substitutions. It has addition details about prerequisites, restrictions, and those marked with an asterisk should have the fewest or no prerequisites.
  • ANTH 130L: Ethnographies of Latin America
  • ANTH 139: Language and Culture
  • CLTE 135: Social Justice, Institutions, and Power
  • CMMU 132: American Cities and Social Change
  • CMMU 149: Political Economy of Food And Agriculture
  • CMMU 161: Gender, Health and Justice
  • ECON 126: Why Economies Succeed/Fail: lessons From Western & Japanese History
  • EDUC 160: Educational Reform Issues
  • EDUC 171: South and Southeast Asian Schooling and Immigration
  • ENVS 158: Political Ecology and Social Change
  • FILM 132A: International Film
  • FMST 188: Topics in Feminist Studies
  • HAVC 141K: Activist Art Since 1960: Art, Technology, Activism
  • HAVC 160A: Indigenous American Visual Culture Before 1550: Mexico
  • HIS 128: Chicano/a History
  • HIS 137A: Africa to 1800
  • HIS 150F: Engendering Empires: Women in Modern Japan and Korea
  • HIS 167A: The First World War
  • LALS 100: Concepts and Theories Latin American and Latina/o Studies
  • LALS 122: Media and Nationalism
  • LALS 172: Visualizing Human Rights
  • LALS 180: Borders: Real and Imagined
  • LING 154: Language and Social Identity
  • LGST 105C: Modern Political Thought (cross-listed with POLI 105C)
  • LGST 110: Law and Social Issues (cross-listed with POLI 110)
  • LGST 120C: State and Capitalism in American Political Development (cross-listed with POLI 120C)
  • LIT 135E: The Historical Imaginary
  • OAKES 151A &B (5 units together): Corre la Voz: Community Literacies and Power/ Community Literacies
  • POLI 105C: Modern Political Thought (cross-listed with LGST 105C)
  • POLI 110: Law and Social Issues (cross-listed with LGST 110)
  • POLI 120C: State and Capitalism in American Political Development (cross-listed with LGST 120C)
  • POLI 125: Political Organization in American Politics
  • POLI 128: American Elections and Voting Behaviors
  • POLI 140A: European Politics
  • POLI 160D: International Political Economy
  • POLI 174: Global Political Economy
  • POLI 186: Global Health Politics
  • PSYC 112: Moral Development
  • PSYC 140H: Sexual Identity and Society
  • PSYC 146: The Social Context
  • PSYC 150: Social Psychology of Flim Flam
  • PSYC 153: Psychology of Poverty and the Social Class
  • PSYC 175: Personality, Relationships and Emotions (CANCELED)
  • SPAN 105: Introduction to Spanish Studies
  • SPSS 125/ SPAN 156M: Mexico and the US Southwest


4. Enrollment Options

If you were not able to get into any Sociology courses or a specific course, please review the following options:

  • Know your wait list appointment and how to use wait lists (see below). If you are eligible for a course but it has filled, your best option is to wait list the course and crash on the first day. Always enroll into a back up course and use the "swap" option when wait listing. If you are not eligible for a course, then your only option is to crash the course on the first day.
  • Review the previously approved elective course substitutions (below), 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 other 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's very valuable for Sociology majors and in the job market.
  • Still have GEs remaining? Complete them now while you have the time.
  • Remember that you must meet 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 courses that are used just to satisfy units.
  • Enroll into back up courses, then wait list using the "swap" option, and crash courses later. The later you enroll into courses, the less courses will be available campus wide.

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