Fall 2021 Enrollment Tips


Declared Media Studies Majors

Phase 1  (April 26 – June 6) – Students may enroll and waitlist in up to 13.5 units.     

  • Media Studies majors have enrollment priority for all Media Studies courses. Non-majors cannot enroll.
  • Media Studies 111B – Seniors should prioritize enrollment. (It will be offered again in Spring 2022.)
  • Media Studies 112 – Seniors should prioritize enrollment. (It will be offered again in Spring 2022.) Enroll in a discussion section with open seats. If you wait to enroll during Phase II, which we do not recommend, you risk not getting into the class and are advised to enroll early in an open section if one is available.
  • Media Studies Area Courses and Electives (Media Studies 104D/104E/131/170/180/190)– Seniors should prioritize enrollment. Media Studies electives usually fill quickly. Enroll as soon as possible. Have a backup plan for closed courses. See Courses: Fall 2021 for approved course options. 
  • Media Studies courses often fill with majors in Phase I, particularly smaller courses (100 seats or less). If you are in your final semester and need a Media Studies course to graduate, you must prioritize the course and enroll in it during Phase I.

Phase 2  (July 19 – August 15) – Students may enroll and waitlist in up to 17.5 units.

  • Media Studies 111B and Media Studies 112 waitlists will be added and open to all students, not just Media Studies majors. Some additional seats are held in reserve for waitlisted students. Waitlist seats will be allocated periodically by the program according to student eligibility and need as determined by an online survey that will be emailed to waitlisted students. Priority order is generally (1) declared majors (2) intended majors (students who have completed MEDIAST 10/W10/N10 or equivalent), then (3) non-majors.
  • Students interested in continuing in the Media Studies Honors Program should review the Honors page regarding eligibility and application instructions for Media Studies H194.

Adjustment Period  (August 16 – October 29) – Students may enroll and waitlist up to 20.5 units.

Intended Media Studies Majors

Phase 1 (April 26 – June 6) – Students may enroll and waitlist in up to 13.5 units.

  • Media Studies W10 – Seats are reserved for sophomores, juniors, and new transfer students, all of whom can waitlist when their reservation group seats are full. Remaining seats will be assigned during Phase II.  When enrolled in Media Studies W10, you may not enroll in upper-division courses offered by Media Studies during the same semester. Freshmen will not be admitted to the course and may enroll after their first two semesters at Cal.
  • Media Studies Core & Elective courses – All seats are reserved for declared majors during Phase 1 for Media Studies 111B/112/104D/104E/131/170/180/190.  Enrollment is not possible for non-majors.

Phase 2  (July 19 – August 15) – Students may enroll and waitlist in up to 17.5 units.

  • Media Studies 111B and Media Studies 112 waitlists will be opened in Phase 2.  Intended majors who have completed or are enrolled in Media Studies W10 in summer 2021 may add to the waitlist. Additional seats are held in reserve for waitlisted students. Waitlist seats will be allocated periodically by the program according to student eligibility and need as determined by an online survey that will be emailed to waitlisted students. Priority order is generally (1) majors (2) intended majors (students who have completed MEDIAST 10 or equivalent), and (3) non-majors.
  • Media Studies electives (Media Studies 104D/104E/131/170/180/190) – Waitlists will be expanded as needed, and priority enrollment will be given to majors, then intended majors based on seniority.
  • Enroll in courses for your alternate intended major. See L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising website for information regarding having an alternate intended major when considering applying to a high-demand major. 
    Consider enrolling in electives or research methods courses offered by other departments (e.g., sociology, psychology, film, etc.) that satisfy Media Studies major requirements. 
Adjustment Period  (August 16 – October 29) – Students may enroll and waitlist up to 20.5 units.

General Tips

  • Prior to your enrollment appointment date, create a list of first choice courses and a list of backup courses.
  • Do not waitlist for full discussion sections when there are open seats in other discussion sections.  The ONLY way to enroll is to enroll in a section with open seats. If you are on a wait list, you are not enrolled in the course.
  • If you are waitlisted, admission to all courses is entirely through the waitlist process. We do not issue permission numbers for our required (prerequisite, research, core and elective) courses. Have a backup course plan.
  • Attend enrolled and waitlisted courses during the first three weeks of the semester. Instructors can drop students for nonattendance and may choose to add waitlisted students who are attending.
  • We begin processing our waitlists during Phase 2.  Please note: students are added from the
 waitlist selectively, rather than in numerical order, based on objective criteria/online survey information.