Undergraduate Registration Resources

Fall 2020: UCSB will be operating mostly on a hybrid model, but Global Studies courses will all, at this point, be taught online for fall 2020. Make your schedule plans accordingly; options will be provided for students who physically cannot come to campus (transportation issues, health concerns, etc.) so they can still stay on track. Watch your email for future updates on this question!

The information and links on this page will help you find classes each quarter during Registration Pass Times. Global Studies is an interdisciplinary major using classes from 20 different departments at UCSB.  Each quarter before Pass 1, we update this information to let you know which courses are being offered; additional information will be sent to the student email list each week (you are added to this when you declare the major.)

Visit the Registration Calendar and Registration Pass Times sections of the UCSB Office of the Registrar to check deadlines related to registration and pass times.

Use this tutorial and visit this page for some helpful videos on using GOLD to check your overall degree requirements and Major and GE Progress Check/degree progress audit - this helps you know what classes you have taken and what you still have to take, as well as what overall degree requirements you have and have not yet met.

Transfer students: Global Studies August 2019 Transfer Student Orientation information: Slides and Handouts. Fall 2020 transfers, watch this space for updates soon - updated materials to be posted after transfer student orientation sessions in mid August.

1.  Basic schedule planning + registration help for Global Studies students:

How do I plan my schedule? See here for a detailed tutorial to guide you through reading your degree audit on GOLD (including some troubleshooting tips for how things display for the Global Studies major), looking at the major requirements, and using the registration tools on GOLD to find classes that are the right fit for your needs next quarter.

Can I make an appointment with the undergraduate advisor for a customized schedule plan? Please watch the video linked above first (and/or download the slides in the description box on the YouTube video) - it's really important that you get used to using your degree progress audit on GOLD and the search tools in GOLD to make sure you are comfortably aware of your own degree progress towards graduation - and then absolutely reach out to the undergraduate advisor for assistance from there.

Which major requirements do I follow?

  • Generally, if you're a declared major, follow whatever version of the major you signed up on. Special situations if you're not yet a declared major (or need a reminder of which version applies to you) are below:
  • What if I'm taking a course that used to be included on a previous version of the major requirements but isn't now?
    • It's likely the course is older and has been retired off the major sheet; in most cases we can still accept it, but your Major and GE Progress Check might not pick it up (in which case, we can accept it by petition after you've taken it). This is especially true with Global Studies department upper division courses for area IIA (anything besides Global Studies 110/120/130/199)

Click here for a list of 197 topics; click here for additional courses we can use by petition (special substitutions applied after you complete the course)

What if there's no space in my preferred course choices by the time I'm enrolling?

  • Look around on your degree audit - are there other GEs you can finish? Other areas of the Global Studies major requirements to complete? Always enroll in something, then make changes during a future pass time, but don't lose your chance to enroll in at least your basic full-time schedule as there's no guarantee that space can appear in an already-full course for you later. More ideas here.
  • Waitlists for Global courses will exist on GOLD for fall 2020 courses (more information on this coming soon), but they will NOT be prioritized as first-come, first-served. For questions before pass 2 in fall 2020, reach out to the undergraduate advisor if you didn't get in to a core course you needed (Global 1/2/110/120/130) in order to maintain progress in the major, and for elective courses, plan to crash the course day one - the instructor will make decisions for extra enrollment in elective courses. This may involve contacting the instructor to ask to be added to Gauchospace as a "crasher" given that courses will be held online for fall 2020.

What if I'm not declared in the major yet, but I'm interested in changing my major/adding it as a second major?

2.  Additional Courses/ Information for the major: 

There's information about some Global courses and then a list of courses from other departments.  These courses in the various affiliated departments have NOT been added to the official requirements sheet, but will count for the major as indicated - either UD Area II-B (global topics) or UD-Area III (geographic regions). 

Additional Information/Courses for the major we could use by petition (updated each quarter)

Specific Information for the Foreign Language Requirement for the Major

Will (insert Global class here) be taught in a future quarter? Check out the current, tentative department plans (Subject to changes throughout the year)

Click here for a list of Global 197 topics (updated each quarter)

3. Searching for Open Seats and for Electives

You can use the FIND COURSES link on GOLD to search for interesting courses in any Department.  Just click on the departments listed alphabetically and take a look.   You have more information on GOLD and can check for restrictions, pre-requisites and to see if a course might satisfy a GE.

You can also use the Advanced Search option under Find Courses on GOLD to search using filters for the specific types of courses you need (courses that are upper or lower division? Courses that satisfy a specific GE area? Courses that are still open? Courses that are a specific number of units? etc)

GE lists can be found here.

4.  Other links:

NOTE:  Regarding Registration Blocks and Substitutions

Crash Policy for Global courses - updates coming for fall 2020 and beyond; for fall schedule planning, watch for an update before pass 2 in September 2020

UCSB Course Catalog - Global Studies


Questions regarding your major and/or academic progress? Please email: global-advising@ucsb.edu and include your name and perm #. If you are a UCSB student, emails must be sent from your UCSB email account. Please allow at least one full business-day for a response to your email.
For quick questions, drop-in hours are 2-3:45 pm most days of the week.