Advising

Our undergraduate academic advisor is here to provide you support and assistance if you are completing or considering a major or minor in gender, race, sexuality and social justice (GRSJ).

An academic advisor can:

  • Give you general information about the programs (GRSJ & CSIS), courses, and degree requirements
  • Help you understand and complete degree requirements, how to apply, and preparing you for graduation
  • Provide you with information about transfer credits and exceptions
  • Give you advice about courses and electives
  • Support you with any issues or concerns
  • Refer you to appropriate resources such as Arts Advising and Centre for Accessibility

Frequently Asked Questions

Waitlists

Students on the waitlist are enrolled in classes in order of registration when seats become available. For GRSJ required courses, GRSJ majors and minors have priority on the waitlists. When you are moved into the class, you will receive an email confirmation.

Waitlists are updated every 1-2 days. During busy times, this may take longer.

No. Usually, classes are blocked from registration once they fill up to make sure waitlisted students get those open seats. If you drop the waitlist, you won’t be able to register and lose your position on the waitlist. Stay on the waitlist; we update the classes as often as we can.

Instructors don’t have access to the waitlists. You can email the undergraduate advisor or program assistant to find out. However, registration will shift a lot on both the class lists and waitlists before term starts. We recommend waiting until closer to the start of term as we will have a better sense of your placement and whether you might get a seat.

UBC recommends that you do, especially if you are near the top of the list. However, sometimes classrooms are limited in size and space, and this can make things difficult. Our goal is to have course outlines sent out to waitlisted students during the first week and to let the waitlists know what their options are for attending. You can always email the instructor and ask them as well.

If you are concerned about missing a requirement, contact the undergraduate advisor right away. We will help you with options to make sure you graduate on time.

Staying on the waitlist is your best bet. GRSJ majors and minors have priority for open seats in required courses.

 

Blocked or Restricted Classes

You can find this information on the section notes for each course on the SSC or by browsing the questions below.

When classes are full, registration is blocked to accommodate waitlisted students and move them into any open seats. You can still register for the waitlist for blocked sections. Waitlists count towards your overall credit limit for the year – make sure the waitlist doesn’t exceed your credit max.

Waitlists count towards your overall credit limit for the year – make sure the waitlist doesn’t exceed your credit max.

Some classes are temporarily restricted to allow majors to register or to make sure that students can get into the appropriate courses for their year standing. There are no restrictions for waitlists, and this is your best option.

 

Pre-requisites

The SSC doesn’t recognize year standing, transfer credits, or equivalent courses as prerequisites – you can still successfully add these courses. Typically, the warning will say “section successfully added” if you were able to register. Otherwise, you can check your timetable or look at your degree navigator to see if you have been added to a course

While we prefer that students complete the prerequisites of lower-level courses before proceeding to upper-level courses, we recognize that this isn’t always possible. You can still progress through your major/minor and register in upper-level courses. If you are concerned about course content and assignments, contact the instructor.

 

Full courses

We really appreciate your enthusiasm but, unfortunately, faculty and staff can’t add you ahead of waitlisted students. The waitlist is your best option.

Ask the instructor if this is an option. Sometimes classrooms are limited in size and can’t accommodate extra students.

Transfer Credits

If you have declared your major/minor you can look at your Degree Navigator to see where and how your credits have been applied.

If you haven’t declared your major/minor yet, you can contact the Undergraduate Advisor to find out which credits will be applied to your program.

Yes, they still count. Usually, these will automatically add to your Degree Navigator. If they don’t contact the Undergraduate Advisor and we will move them manually to your major/minor

The Undergraduate Advisor can assess the courses and determine if they can count. Depending on the course, a syllabus or detailed description may be required.

Yes, you can still progress with upper-level courses without completing your 100-level requirements.

For students transferring with 3rd-year standing and all other lower-level courses complete, we can approve an upper-level course equivalent to replace the remaining 100-level course or use additional 200-level transfer credits to complete the requirement.

Contact the Undergraduate Advisor to discuss options and recommendations.

You can count 12 credits (4 courses) towards your major/minor in GRSJ or CSIS. Extra courses will count towards your general electives in your degree.

We do not usually accept lower-level courses for upper-level requirements. However, this can be assessed on a case-by-case basis with the Undergraduate Advisor and will require a syllabus for the course in question.

Yes. However, the SSC may not recognize transfer credits or equivalent courses as prerequisites – but you can still successfully add these courses. Typically, the warning will say “section successfully added” if you were able to register. Otherwise, you can check your timetable or look at your degree navigator to see if you have been added to a course.

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