Course Substitutions

What are Elective Course Substitutions?

Elective course substitutions are any electives applied to the sociology program that are not numbered SOCY 110-189 at UCSC. This may include upper-division, 5-unit courses from other UCSC departments, other UCs or other four-year institutions, Education Abroad Program courses, or 5-unit Individual Study courses. The type of course that a student is eligible to apply to their program is dependent on the major or minor they are completing (see sections below). 

 

Can I apply an elective course substitution to satisfy a requirement in my Sociology major/minor as well as a requirement in my other major/minor?

This is referred to as "Double Counting". If an upper-division elective you wish to apply to sociology is already being used towards another major or minor, then the double counting policy must be applied. Please check in with your advisor to verify whether you are allowed to double count in your programs.

 

How many Elective Course Substitutions can I apply to my major/minor?

The number of substitutions a student is allowed depends on the major or minor the student is pursuing:

Degree

Elective Substitutions Allowed

Sociology BA 

Two out of the five electives may be course substitutions. This can include electives from other departments at UCSC, study abroad courses, and other UC or 4-year institution courses. In addition, 5-unit independent studies through the sociology department are considered course substitutions.

Sociology BA w/ GISES

GISES students do not have a limit on course substitutions. Students may take upper division electives from the Sociology department at UCSC (numbered SOCY 110-189), 5-unit Independent study courses with Professor Chris Benner, or from the list of approved electives. All other courses must be petitioned (see below).

Combined LALS/Soc BA  Three electives taken through an education abroad program, with approval from both departments, may be course substitutions. No other substitutions of the sociology electives are allowed.
GISES Minor  GISES students do not have a limit on course substitutions. Students may take upper division electives from the Sociology department at UCSC (numbered SOCY 110-189), 5-unit Independent study courses with Professor Chris Benner, or from the list of approved electives. All other courses must be petitioned (see below).
   

How do I know if a course is already approved to count as an elective in my major/minor?

Click on the link to view the list of elective course substitutions that have already been approved from UCSC, other UCs, or Education Abroad. Please note that some lists are for specific majors in our department and do not apply to the others.

  1. Sociology BA Students: Previously Approved Elective Course Substitutions at UCSC

    • Previously approved Elective Course Substitutions at UCSC offered in the upcoming quarter, can be found on the Enrollment page
    • In addition, for students in the Sociology BA, 5-unit Independent Study courses taken through the Sociology Department are all approved to be used as an elective course substitution. As well as the 5 or 7 unit courses from UCDC and UC Sacramento.
  2. Sociology BA Students: Previously Approved Elective Course Substitutions from Other UCs

  3. Sociology BA or Combined LALS/SOCY Students: Previously Approved Elective Course Substitutions from Education Abroad

  4. GISES Concentration or GISES Minor Students: Previously Approved Elective Course Substitutions at UCSC for GISES students only.
    • 5-unit Independent Studies taken with the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner, are also approved to count as upper division electives.
    • All other upper division electives must be petitioned with the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner. Electives must be upper division and 5 units at UCSC (abroad courses may carry different units). If you are petitioning a new course for approval, please complete the online form. 

  

What do I do once I take a one of the approved electives listed above?

If you take a course listed on one of the approved lists, you must submit a request form either online or the paper version:

  •  Complete this online form . You must be logged in to your UCSC email to have access. 

  • OR complete the paper version of the form. For previously approved Course Substitutions, a syllabus, and any of the other materials listed on the form, are NOT required. Submit the form to the Sociology advising office, Rachel Carson College 226. If the room is not open you may also slide the petition under the door or use the drop box next to Rm 235.

An Elective Course Substitution is not applied to your major/minor requirements automatically, so you must complete a form in order to request for the course to apply to your major/minor. Academic Advisement Reports (AAR) are updated with Course Substitutions only when a Course Substitution form is submitted, you have declared the major or minor, and the grade has been recorded in MyUCSC. Please allow 4-5 weeks for those updates. 

The deadline to submit Course Substitution forms is by the beginning of the quarter you will be graduating, but ideally once you have the course grade. Petitions must be received in time for graduation checks. 

 

How do I petition a new course for approval?

1) It is best to have your courses approved prior to taking the course, if possible. In some cases it may be difficult to obtain a syllabus, such as courses offered through Education Abroad. If you are not able to obtain the syllabus prior to taking the course, be sure to petition the course as soon as you have received the syllabus.

2) The course syllabus should include goals/objectives of the course, assignments, a week-by-week breakdown, and a reading/materials list. If the syllabus lacks this information, you may keep your own notes and submit them along with the syllabus.

3) Submit a Course Substitution Petition either online or in-person:

  •  Complete this online form . You must be logged in to your UCSC email to have access. 

  • OR complete the paper version of the form. The course syllabus must be attached. Submit the form and syllabus to the Sociology advising office, Rachel Carson College 226. If the room is not open you may also slide the petition under the door or use the drop box next to Rm 235.

4) Petitions will be reviewed by a sociology faculty member, and results will be emailed to the student's UCSC email address within 2-3 weeks.

5) Course substitutions cannot be entered into your Academic Advisement Report until the course grade is available, and the student is declared in the major/minor. Once eligible, the Undergraduate Advisor will enter the substitution into the student's academic advisement report, and can take 4-5 weeks. Students who are declared in the LALS/SOCY Combined major, do not have Academic Advisement Reports for their major, so the petition will instead be kept in your record at the department office.

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