Course Enrolment

  1. I can't get into this SOC course because ACORN says it's full. What can I do?
  2. How do I get into "balloted" courses?
  3. How do I get into 'E' (enrol at department) courses?
  4. Can I take a SOC course if I'm not doing a Sociology program?
  5. I want to take a SOC course but I don't have the prerequisites? What do I do?
  6. I do not want do the Sociology Major program, but I really want to take SOC200H1. What can I do?
  7. For the Major, do I really have to take SOC200H1 and SOC201H1 or SOC203H1 immediately after taking SOC101Y1?
  8. I'm taking SOC101Y1 in the Summer, with the intention of being a Sociology Major. During course selection this summer, can I select SOC200H1 for September?
  9. What is an Independent Research Course? What do I do to take one?
  10. How do I enrol in a course that requires permission of the instructor?
  11. I'm thinking about Sociology, but what courses can I expect to take in future years?
  12. This information was useful and answered a lot of my questions. But there's something you haven't covered. My situation is...

1. I can't get into this Sociology course because ACORN says it's full. What can I do?
We hope that you get the courses you want on your first try. If not, you may continue to try for a space in the course until the end of the add/drop period, which is the period at the beginning of every session when students can freely add or delete courses as space permits. The course selection process is "live" so timing is key. When another student leaves their space in a course, it is immediately available for the next student who requests it.

As you know, the U of T registration system is automated, which ensures fairness. The Department staff and instructors cannot favour certain students and "get them into a course." Furthermore, since the system is live and online, with students vacating and filling spaces remotely and at all hours, a waiting list is almost impossible to implement. Unfortunately this means that in the case of the more popular and often filled-to-capacity courses, you may have to make multiple attempts on ACORN to get in just when someone else deletes.

The best advice we can offer is to select your courses at the earliest possible date and time allowable, given your student status and year level. The date and time when you can begin selecting courses is given in the Timetable.

After the add/drop period, you will not be able to enroll in any course, even though there may be available spaces.
The one exception is if you need a Sociology course to graduate this session; see your registrar's office and explain your situation.

2. QUESTION: How do I get into 'E' (enrol at department) courses?
There are two types of courses in SOC with the 'E' indicator. See the dedicated section on 'E' courses by clicking here.

3. Can I take a Sociology course if I'm not in a Sociology program?
As an Arts and Science student, you may take almost any Sociology course even if you are not in a Sociology program, as long as you have the prerequisites. These Sociology courses will simply be part of your degree, i.e.  courses that you take outside of your Program (s) to "top up" to the total 15.0 or 20.0 courses in your overall degree.

Most Sociology courses are designated as Priority to Sociology students. These have the 'P' indicator in the Timetable. Although Sociology students have early access in course selection, they are open to non-Sociology students who may select them if there is room when time for their enrolment.

The only exceptions are the Sociology courses designated as Restricted. These have the 'R' indicator in the Timetable. The Restricted designation is not lifted at any time. 

4. I want to take a Sociology course but I don't have the prerequisites? What do I do?

The prerequisites for Sociology courses are not very extensive. The Department will remove students from a course, at any time they are discovered, if they do not have the prerequisites. See the Calendar course listings for prerequisites. They are listed well in advance and are the responsibility of the student.

5. I do not want do the Sociology Major, but I really want to take SOC200H1. What can I do?
While SOC200H1 is Restricted to Sociology Majors, it is not Restricted in the Summer session. You do need the prerequisite, SOC101Y1 or both SOC102H1 & SOC103H1.

7.  For the Major, do I really have to take SOC200H1 and SOC201H1 or 203H1 immediately after taking SOC101Y1?
There is no penalty for not doing this, but we strongly recommend this sequence of courses.

Another consideration is how theory and research methods provide a strong foundation for understanding material you will encounter in later sociology courses. Feedback from students who have taken Sociology courses both before and after SOC200H1 and SOC201H1 or SOC203H1 confirms that the educational experience in the later courses was enhanced by their increased understanding of theory and research methods.

8. I'm taking SOC101Y1 in the Summer, with the intention of being a Sociology Major. During course selection this Summer, can I select SOC200H1 for September?
No, you will not be able to enroll in restricted courses until you are officially in the program it is restricted to.  While we anticipate enough space in SOC200H1 for all Sociology Majors and Specialists, including those enrolling in the Major at the end of their Summer course, we cannot guarantee a space.

9. What is an Independent Research Course?
This is one of the two types of courses in Sociology with the 'E' indicator. See the dedicated section on 'E' courses by clicking here.

10. How do I enrol in a course that requires permission of the instructor?
This is one of the two types of courses in Sociology with the 'E' indicator. See the dedicated section on 'E' courses by clicking here.

11. I'm thinking about Sociology, but what courses can I expect to take in future years?
Aside from the required core curriculum, course offerings do vary from year to year. The Calendar has the complete listing, but not all courses are offered every session. The Course Descriptions have the specific offerings for the next session, plus more detailed information, instructors, reading lists, and marking schemes.

12. This information was useful and answered a lot of my questions. But there's something you haven't covered. My situation is...
You may have individual concerns not covered above that need further consultation. Please e-mail the Sociology Undergraduate Administrator at: sociology.undergraduate@utoronto.ca 

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