Enrollment Advising

Winter 2021 Sociology Enrollment Information  

(Updated 11/13/20)  

  1. Sociology Advising Availability & Group Advising Session on Nov 17
  2. Important Dates for Winter Quarter Enrollment
  3. Course Information for: SOCY 10, SOCY 105A, SOCY 105B, SOCY 135, SOCY 178T, SOCY 196S
  4. Waitlist Process and Best Practices


1. Sociology Advising Availability & Group Advising Session

Drop-in advising is available with the Peer Advisor and the Undergraduate Advisor throughout Advising Week and Enrollment. Review the advising calendar for dates, times, and the Zoom links for drop-in advising. In addition, you can make an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor through Slug Success.


Group Advising Session - Nov. 17th

Come join us for a group advising session on Tuesday, November 17th 11:30am-1pm, to get your questions answered. During this meeting we will review:
  • Where to find enrollment appointments,
  • SOCY course offerings for Winter quarter,
  • Course prerequisites and restrictions,
  • Entering permission codes,
  • Changing grade options,
  • Waitlisting courses,
  • Elective course substitutions,
  • Anything else you would like to review! If you have questions you'd like to see reviewed during this workshop, you can submit them here ahead of time.
Zoom Information:
Meeting ID: 975 9396 8901
Passcode: socywinter
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2. Important Dates for Winter Quarter Enrollment

Dates and deadlines are pulled from the UCSC Academic Calendar and the Registar's Enrollment Information
  • November 13: Winter schedule goes live and enrollment appointments are posted in MyUCSC. The Sociology Quarterly Enrollment Information is now available
  • November 13-18: Advising Week for Winter quarter enrollment
  • November 17 11:30am-1pm: Sociology Winter Quarter Enrollment Group Advising Session (Zoom Link)
  • November 19: First day of enrollment appointments
  • November 19-24: First Pass enrollment
  • November 30-December 3: Second Pass enrollment and Waitlists open
  • January 4: Instruction begins. If enrolling in more than 19 units, and 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.
  • January 12: Waitlists end
  • January 13: Class permission numbers are required for class adds or section adjustments; waitlists are deleted.
  • January 25: Add/Drop/Swap classes deadline
  • February 16: Withdraw from a Class Deadline
  • March 5th: Late Add with $10 Fee Deadline (Requires Permission Code). Deadline to change grading option



3.  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. 



4. Course Information for: 

SOCY 10, SOCY 105A, SOCY 105B, SOCY 135, SOCY 178T, SOCY 196S

  • SOCY 10, Issues and Problems in American 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, November 23rd. If you are a junior or senior sociology student who needs to take SOCY 10 to qualify to declare the sociology major but are having 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 and Composition requirement. Junior standing = 90 units (completed and pending fall quarter). SOCY 105A is a prerequisite to SOCY 105B. If Winter 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.

  • 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 Winter 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 asap.
  • SOCY 135 Healing Justice: We are excited to welcome Professor Naya Jones who will be teaching two courses in Winter quarter, including this brand NEW sociology upper division elective: SOCY 135 Healing Justice. "This experiential course explores the theoretical foundations, history, and future of healing justice as a framework using an embodied approach. Healing justice has shaped wide-ranging fields, from grassroots organizing and holistic health, to grant-making, and education. While the framework informs a dynamic movement, healing justice is grounded in consistent commitments like collective healing; centering Black, indigenous and people of color knowledges; and more that guide this course. Grounded in somatic or embodied inquiry, students engage various materials—from academic articles to poetry—using some of the restorative practices that are central to healing justice work. Prerequisite(s): SOCY 105A and SOCY 105B, or by permission of the instructor. (General Education Code(s): ER.)"
  • SOCY 178T Special Topics in Sociology: Sound Studies. This quarter our special topics course will be taught by returning Professor Joseph Klett.
Description: This course explores the growing interdisciplinary field of Sound Studies. We will survey the work of social scientists, media scholars, and philosophers as they develop theories about the experiences and effects of sound. In addition, we consider examples from across the disciplines, including but not limited to art criticism, ecology, history, and psychology. This course is audio-visual friendly, and requires an active engagement with listening and viewing materials. By the end of this course, each student will have a strong sense of works in the field and a toolkit of theories and methods with which to approach the study of sound.

Prerequisite: SOCY 1 or 10 or 15, and restricted to sophomore, junior and seniors

  • SOCY 196S Senior Seminars: Senior Seminars are enrollment by application and permission code. Review Winter quarter Senior Seminars . The initial review of applications will begin after the November 13th priority application deadline, however, applications are accepted on a rolling basis so please be sure to submit your application asap. Permission codes will be emailed by the start of enrollment.  



5. Approved Elective Course Substitutions Offered Winter Quarter 

Elective course substitutions are upper-division, 5-unit courses offered through other departments. Review policies, processes, and approved courses offered in Winter by selecting 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.



6. 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 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.

  • Starting on the first day of instruction, most SOCY courses are enrollment by permission code only. On January 4th, 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, email the instructor to learn about how you can digitally "crash" the course



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. 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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