Courses & Scheduling

Information on the Annual Schedule, Quarterly Schedule, Summer Session, Petitioning Coursework, Preauthorization, Full Course List, and Prerequisites, can be found in the tabs below our Course Spotlight. 

Visit for further important enrollment and registration information for 2018-2019 and 2019- 2020.

For Sociology course descriptions please visit the UCSD course catalog at:

Course Spotlight

Summer 2019-

Summer Session is open to all incoming, current, and continuing UC San Diego students.

All incoming freshman and transfer students are welcome to enroll in classes prior to Fall quarter. Visit Summer Success Programs page for information on various summer jump start programs.

The Sociology Summer Session Session schedule is now available: Tentative Summer Course List 18-19

Highlighted Summer 2019 courses-

Summer Session 1
  • Need to take a Sociology Lower Division Elective?
    • Consider enrolling in SOCI 20: Social Change in the Modern World!

Summer Session 2

  • Interested in enrolling in a Sociology Upper Division Elective or an Upper Division Elective that completes the Sociology Law and Society Concentration?
    • Consider enrolling in SOCI 141: Crime And Society!
    • This course is new to Summer Session 2!

Courses with current available seats for Summer-
(for full offerings see Tentative Summer Course list above)

 Summer Session 1 (July 1 - Aug 3):                    

  • SOCI 20: Social Change in the Modern World  
  • SOCI 60- Practice of Social Research
  • SOCI 118E: Sociology of Language 
  • SOCI 153: Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 184: Gender and Film

Summer Session 2 (Aug 5 - Sept 7): 

Special Summer Session (July 22 - Aug 23): 

  • SOCI 117: Language, Culture, & Education

Please See Annual Schedule Tab below for updated 19-20 Academic Year course offerings

Annual Schedule

We strive to provide the most up-to-date information on our annual course schedule.  Please note, that it is a tentative list and as such, is subject to change.

Tentative Course List '19-'20

Quarterly Schedule

Our course schedule can be found on the Schedule of Classes

Undergraduate courses are listed under subject code “SOCI – Sociology”; Graduate courses are listed under subject code “SOCG – Soc/Graduate” 

Petition Coursework

How do I petition a course from an outside university or an outside department?

To petition to apply course work completed from an outside university (summer school, community college, study abroad, etc.) or another department at UCSD towards your upper division electives in a major or minor in sociology, students must submit a General Petition to the department once the coursework has appeared on their degree audit.

The petition should include: name of the study center or university where course work was completed, department course number and course title, and number and level (upper- or lower-division) of credits granted through UC San Diego Admissions Office. Students should attach a copy of the syllabus and copies of exams or papers, especially if there is any doubt about the difficulty of the course or its sociological content.

Students are strongly advised to retain the syllabi, course papers, examinations, and all other paperwork from courses taken outside of UC San Diego. These materials may be useful after you return to facilitate the admissions officer's decision about credit transfers, as well as departmental approval of courses toward the major/minor requirement. The same materials may help resolve any debates that might arise in the department over possible duplication in course content.

Submission of Petition

Petitions must be submitted online or by speaking with an Advisor

Petitions cannot be submitted through VAC, as the web portal does not allow students to upload any documents.

Preauthorization with the EASy System

There are circumstances in which a student will be unable to enroll in courses that they are eligible for.  Examples include:

  • Freshmen with sophomore standing
  • Student who will obtain junior standing at the end of a quarter, but unable to enroll in upper division courses during their enrollment period mid-quarter.

If the class you wish to enroll in has prerequisites or restrictions, submit your preauthorization request via the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).

Full Course List

Our full course list (TBA) includes courses that have yet to be added onto the General Catalog and annotations for cross-listed courses.

Course Prerequisites

While most of our courses don't have prerequisites, here are the few classes that do:

  • SOCI 87: a seminar limited to Freshman (upperclassman can enroll once a quarter begins, upperclassman should submit an EASy request to request enrollment- see Preauthorization tab above)
  • SOCI 102: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 103M: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 104: Sociology majors only and SOCI 60
  • SOCI 105: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 106: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 106M: SOCI 178 and SOCI 60
  • SOCI 107: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 108: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 109: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 109M: SOCI 60 & enrollment in either the RA program or MMFRP program (See special academic programs tab for more information)
  • SOCI 110: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 192: a seminar for Seniors; must have consent from department
  • SOCI 196A/B: for students accepted into the Sociology Honors Program
  • SOCI 199: application required 

Upper-division standing (90+ units) is required for all upper-division courses.