Undergraduate Program Updates & Announcements
In an effort to keep everyone informed, we will post important department updates & announcements here. All announcements posted here have also been sent out via email to all Pre-Sociology and Sociology majors. If you have any questions feel free to email Dreama or Simbi for more information. Please be sure to include all relevant info, including your 9-digit university ID number.
Orientation restrictions are now placed onto select Sociology courses for Fall. This means, you may notice a course has open spots, but if there is a “New Students only” or “New Transfers Only” restriction on the course, continuing students will not be able to enroll. Please see the screenshot below as an example.
Please do not attempt to switch into a lecture or discussion section if there is a “New Students only” or “New Transfers Only” restriction. You will not be able to enroll. If you attempt to enroll in a restricted course and lose your spot in your original course, we cannot add you back into that course (no exceptions). Please read all warnings before making changes to your schedule. These restrictions will be removed on September 19th. On that date, we will also add a waitlist to any course that does not currently have a waitlist set-up.
New Student Orientation – Restricted Fall Seats
Fall enrollment appointments were released June 5th. It is imperative that you do not miss your enrollment time due to upcoming summer restrictions. There are courses that will fill quickly, however this is because seats are reserved for incoming students enrolling during New Student Orientation.
Please read all warnings and notes on courses. Once orientation restrictions are placed on July 6, 2023 they will not be removed until September 19, 2023, this means you will not have access to these courses during that timeframe. You may notice multiple spots open and close in our courses over summer, but if there are restrictions that state “NEW STUDENTS ONLY” or “NEW TRANSFERS ONLY” you will not be able to enroll. Even if you are a declared Pre-Sociology or Sociology major, you will not be able to enroll in the course once the new student restrictions are placed. If you drop a course/attempt to switch sections in hopes of enrolling in a course restricted to new students or new transfers, we cannot re-enroll you. Please make sure you read all enrollment restrictions before making changes to your schedule. We will not add waitlists to courses that have reserved seats until after orientation ends on September 20th. Professors were advised not to grant PTEs for these courses either, as we expect them all to fill once orientation ends.
You will have access to enroll on the waitlist for courses that have this option set up. Waitlists are determined by discussion section (if sections are created for the course). This means if you enroll as position 4 in Section 1A for Soc 101, you will need 4 students enrolled in Section 1A specifically to drop in order for you to be enrolled in the course. If you do choose to enroll in a waitlisted course, our suggestion is to enroll in the section with the least amount of seats. You cannot be enrolled in a lecture without also being in the section. This means if you were officially enrolled in a lecture but you decided to switch to a closed section with a waitlist, you have given up your spot in that lecture and are now added to the waitlist. We cannot re-enroll if you make this choice. If you are officially enrolled in a lecture & section, do not attempt to switch to a section that is already closed.
Waitlists are not guaranteed. You will need to be officially enrolled in at least 3 courses by Friday, Week 2 of Fall quarter. That is the deadline to get off the waitlist. If you are not enrolled by then, you will automatically be dropped from the waitlist. Professors are not required to grant PTEs or let all waitlisted students in. Please plan to have back-ups. We do not expect professors to give out PTEs as this adds to the graduate student workload, which is not something we would like to do as they are current students too.
Courses with an “M” in front of it are cross-listed with one or more departments (ex. Soc M175). You can click the gray “multiple-listed class” bar to find the course number for the other side of the course (ex. Educ M108 is the exact same course as Soc M175). You can enroll in either side of the course and it will satisfy the appropriate requirement for the Sociology major. This is only if the other department allows you to enroll on their side of the course. For instance as a Soc major you can enroll in Soc M175 first pass, but you will not be able to enroll on the Education side of the course unless you are a declared Soc/Ed double major. If you do not meet the major restrictions, you will have to wait until their department removes their “majors only” restrictions. Please read the course notes to see if other departments plan to remove their restrictions, this is not something our department can verify for you as every major is entitled to set their own rules and procedures.
Approved Upper Division Elective List
Similarly, any course on our approved upper division elective list will count as a Soc elective for the major https://soc.ucla.edu/undergraduate-study/approved-sociology-upper-division-electives/ . You can take up to 4 courses from that list. Once officially enrolled (not on the waitlist) send us an email with your UID and we can add the course to count as a Soc elective on your DAR. Even though we accept those courses to count for our major, it does not mean you can enroll in those courses first pass, you will still have to abide by any restrictions placed on these courses. Please read the course notes to see if other departments plan to remove their majors only restrictions, this is not something our department can verify for you as every major is entitled to set their own rules and procedures.
Variable Topic Courses – Lecture Style
Soc 180A, 180B, 180C, etc are variable topic lecture courses. The Soc 180s are repeatable for credit as long as the topics are different. For instance Soc 180A in Fall is Sexuality & Sexual Identities. If you have taken a course in the past with this exact title you cannot take this course again. Please pay attention to the titles, not the course numbers in the case of variable topics courses. Unless otherwise stated all variable topics courses will count toward the Soc elective requirement. Some variable topics courses can count as core areas (based on title).
- Soc 180A is titled Sexuality & Sexual Identities. This course is approved to count for the Soc Power & Inequality core. Once you are enrolled, if it doesn’t show in this core area send us an email with your UID and we can make the update.
- Soc 180B is titled Israel as a Microcosm of Global Trends. This course is approved to count for the Soc Power & Inequality core. Once you are enrolled, if it doesn’t show in this core area send us an email with your UID and we can make the update.
Variable Topic Courses – Small Seminars
Soc 191V courses are variable topic small seminar courses. This means the Soc 191V number stays the same but the topic changes each quarter depending on the title. Soc 191Vs are repeatable for credit as long as the topics are different. Unless otherwise stated all variable topics courses will count toward the Soc elective requirement. These courses are coded as “Instructor Consent” meaning you must email the professor to ask to enroll in this course. Instructor emails are listed under the People tab on our website. Fall 191V courses:
- Soc 191V (Sem 1 with Professor Menjivar) is titled Media and Immigration. Media and Immigration will count for the Institutions & Social Processes core area for the major.
- Soc 191V (Sem 2 with Professor Landecker) is titled Sleep and Society: Health, Rest and Work. This course as an “Instructor Consent” restriction meaning you must email the professor to ask to enroll in this course. Sleep & Society will count as a Soc Elective for the major.
Sociology Honors Seminars
Soc 89s and Soc 189s are 1-unit honors seminar courses. Soc 89s are honors seminars for lower division Soc courses (Soc 1 or 20). Soc 189s are honors seminars for upper division Soc courses (anything numbered 101-199). Honors seminars are not always offered, however if they are you must also be enrolled in the attached lecture course. For example, in Fall Soc 158: Urban Sociology will have an attached Soc 189 honors seminar course. You will not be able to enroll in Soc 189 with Professor Herring unless you are also enrolled in Soc 158. Honors seminars are 1-unit courses offered for students interested in learning more about course material not discussed in lecture or sections. These are capped at 20 students each and led by the course instructor. To be eligible for College Honors, this seminar must be taken for a letter grade. Honors content noted on transcript. Even if you are not a department honors or College Honors student you can take this course.
Soc M176: Sociology of Mass Communication (same as Comm M147).
Taught in hybrid format: Lecture will be online asynchronous with one in-person meeting each week (Fridays 1-2pm)
Discussion sections will be online-live. Exams will be in-person, NOT offered online.
Soc 180s – Variable topic lecture courses. They are repeatable for credit as long as they are different topics. They will apply towards the following requirements:
Soc 180A: Prison Religion – Institutions and Social Processes Core – once enrolled, email with UID to apply it to core area. DAR will not update automatically
Soc 180B: White Nationalism & Right-Wing Populism – Power and Inequality Core – once enrolled, email with UID to apply it to core area. DAR will not update automatically
Soc 180C: Sociology of Global Mexico – Soc elective
Soc 180D: Sleep and Society: Health, Rest and Work – Soc elective
Soc 191Vs – Variable topic seminar courses. They are repeatable for credit as long as they are different topics. The 191Vs will apply towards the following requirements (professor emails are located under the “People” tab on the Sociology website):
Soc 191V: Contesting Diversity in the Netherlands – Power and Inequality Core
Soc 191V: Governing the Mosaic: Israel’s Minority Politics in Comparative Perspective – Interactions Core
Soc 191V: Mexico-U.S. Migration: Mexican Perspectives (taught in Spanish) – Institutions and Social Processes Core email professor for PTE
Soc 191V: Poverty Ethnography – Power and Inequality Core email professor for PTE
- once enrolled, email with your UID to apply it to core area. DAR will not update automatically
Only one Methods course will be offered in Spring (Soc 110). It will be restricted to juniors and seniors only. There won’t be a Methods course offered during summer. In addition, there will be one offering of Soc 101 during session A and one offering of Soc 102 in session C during summer. If you need either of these courses to graduate, please enroll during your first pass. We cannot guarantee enrollment or PTEs. If you are not graduating in Spring or Summer, please consider waiting to take Soc Methods in a later term to help your fellow peers graduate on time. There will be multiple offerings of Soc Methods next year.
Lastly, all courses for the Soc major must be taken for a letter grade only. Pass/No Pass is not allowed.
New the 2-pass enrollment system? Not sure which courses you need to complete the major or other unit requirements? See the Inside Track Series workshop to learn more about how to use your Degree Audit Report, Class Planner, and Find a Class to Enroll. Hear from current Sociology students for tips on how they schedule their courses and important things to look for! If you missed the workshop, feel free to review the slides which has step-by-step instructions on how to search for classes, add them to the Class Planner, and Enroll. The full video presentation and PowerPoint Slides are posted on our department Box account: https://ucla.app.box.com/v/UndergraduateFiles. If you have any questions that are not addressed in the presentation or would like clarification contact Dreama or Simbi.
We recommend joining the UCLA Sociology Slack page to learn more about upcoming events in the department and opportunities to get involved. See the screenshots below or follow instructions outlined here: Sociology Slack Tutorial
Just sending a reminder that any course with a New Students Only or New Transfers Only restriction is not available to continuing students. There are course notes that state these courses are restricted to students enrolling via orientation between July 8th-Sept 13th. You may notice spots opening and closing in these courses over the summer, but they are not available to continuing students. You will only be able to enroll in a course that does not have this type of restriction. Please be careful because if you drop a course with the intent of enrolling in a course or a new discussion with a restriction, we cannot add you back to your original course.
Please pay attention to all course restrictions and all course notes (example shown below). After Sept 13th all course restrictions will be removed.