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. Please note: for Fall 2021, we are holding most seats for senior Media Studies majors in phase 1. If you are unable to enroll in phase 1 due to not meeting the enrollment restriction, please see phase 2 guidance below. 
  • 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. We also factor in class standing (Senior, Junior, Sophomore, etc.) so that we prioritize graduating seniors within the major. 
  • Students interested in continuing in the Media Studies Honors Program should review the Honors page regarding eligibility and application instructions for Media Studies H194.

*** Special Enrollment Note: To promote enrollments, we are opening up the following courses for enrollment starting 7/19/21; if you are a declared major and want to take one or more of these courses, they may fill up during Phase II, so prioritizing enrollment is recommended:

  • Media Studies 104D-001: Privacy in the Digital Age (4 units, # 22553)
  • Media Studies 131-001: Cultural Studies Research Methodology (4 units, # 31982)
  • Media Studies 190-003: Special Topics in Media Studies: Video Games and Playful Media (4 units, # 30536)
  • Media Studies 190-004: Special Topics in Media Studies: Reading the Media: Hip hop, K-Pop, and Soap Operas (4 units, # 31047)
  • Media Studies 190-002: Special Topics in Media Studies: Beauty and Fashion in the Popular Culture  (4 units, # 30535)

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. We also factor in class standing (Senior, Junior, Sophomore, etc.) so that we prioritize graduating seniors within the major.
  • 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.
*The first survey will be sent on between July 22nd and July 26th to students on the waitlist. The survey will continue to be sent out weekly as students add themselves to the waitlist, until the course is full.

*** Special Enrollment Note: To promote enrollments, we are opening up the following courses for enrollment starting 7/19/21;

  • Media Studies 104D-001: Privacy in the Digital Age (4 units, # 22553)
  • Media Studies 131-001: Cultural Studies Research Methodology (4 units, # 31982)
  • Media Studies 190-003: Special Topics in Media Studies: Video Games and Playful Media (4 units, # 30536)
  • Media Studies 190-004: Special Topics in Media Studies: Reading the Media: Hip hop, K-Pop, and Soap Operas (4 units, # 31047)
  • Media Studies 190-002: Special Topics in Media Studies: Beauty and Fashion in the Popular Culture  (4 units, # 30535)
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.