Anonymous said: How would first years have preference for sosc sequences that are already full? Is there any chance of even getting pink-slipped in or something to Mind or Self, when all the sections for both are full?
they won’t be full
I mean, they could be. I wasn’t able to get into my Hum sequence of choice first year and ended up in Media Aesthetics (my last choice).
Ended up majoring basically in media theory, so it ended up being SUPER USEFUL (one of the most useful courses I took at UChicago). But there’s no guarantee you’ll get your first or even second choice of SOSC/HUMA sequence.
Here’s how it works: As a first year registering for classes fall quarter, you get assigned a time to meet with your advisor to register with them. To keep registration as fair as possible, slots randomly open up for classes (until the section is full). This way, if your registration meeting is on Thursday afternoon as opposed to Wednesday morning, you’ll still have a chance to get into a relatively popular section or class.
So you might not get your first choice section or core class because the section that fits into your schedule or the section/class you want is not open at the time of your registration. For example, my first choice hum was HBC, but all of the sections that fit into my schedule were either full or unavailable when I had my meeting. (I’m actually very happy that I ended up taking Reading Cultures).
Also, if you’re a first year looking at classes.uchicago.com, all Mind and Self sections are full because they save like 10 extra spots in each course for first years. The courses are actually full for second years (unless someone drops and someone notices and swaps in).
I hope this makes sense.