Undergraduate Registration Resources

FALL 2021 UPDATE: The fall 2021 schedule is now out on GOLD. We're currently planning for an in-person return to campus; make your schedule plans accordingly. However, watch your email for future updates from UCSB on this question!

The information and links on this page will help you find classes each quarter during Registration Pass Times. 

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 Friday (you are added to this when you declare the major - please click here if you need to unsubscribe from this email list because you have graduated or left the major.)

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

How do I plan my schedule?

Four main steps:

  1. Find your unique registration pass times on GOLD (under the Registration tab) and prepare in advance for them.
  2. Run your Major and GE Progress Check on GOLD (under the Progress tab) and check the major requirements sheet (see below.)
  3. Look up courses on GOLD (use Advanced Search to filter for specfic course needs, and use the Shopping Cart feature to save course ideas so you can click "enroll" as soon as your pass time opens).
  4. Begin enrolling at the beginning of each of your pass times. Enroll in the full 12-13 unit minumum for pass 1, then use passes 2 and 3 to add/rearrange courses as needed.

Tools you might find helpful with the above steps:  

  • 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.
  • Visit our YouTube channel for refreshers on:
    • Reading your Major and GE Progress Check on GOLD (including some troubleshooting tips for how things display sometimes confusingly for the Global Studies major)
    • The foreign language requirement
    • Special notes for transfer students, especially as they enroll in their first fall quarter courses (video on YouTube channel, with links in the Transfer Workshop video description box for the Google Slides and handouts)

Can I make an appointment with the undergraduate advisor for a customized schedule plan?

  • Please watch the detailed schedule planning tutorial video linked on our YouTube channel (and/or download the slides in the description box on the YouTube video)
  • It's very important that you get used to using your Major and GE Progress Check on GOLD and the search tools in GOLD to make sure you are comfortably aware of your own degree progress towards graduation and how to find classes that fit those needs. If you are not aware of your progress in the major and in your overall degree requirements (units completed, GEs still remaining), it increases the likelihood of not graduating on time.
  • If you still have questions after checking your own Major and GE Progress Check, please see the bottom of this page and check the Undergraduate Advising page for further information, including full contact info for our advising staff. We're happy to help once you've given it a try yourself!

2.  Registration toolkit:

Which major requirements do I follow, and where can I find a suggested plan of study for my years in the major?

  • Generally, if you're a declared major, follow whatever version (or "catalog year") of the major you signed up on (see below for details):
    • Current year catalog (most students)
    • 2018-2019 catalog requirements (only for specific student populations - those who started at UCSB at 2018 and earlier, and junior transfers who started in fall 2019 or 2020 AND requested to work from these requirements. No, continuing students on this version of the requirements, you do NOT suddenly need to complete pre-major requirements. Please contact us if your progress check says differently.)
  • Copies of major requirements and a suggested plan of study by year in the major:
  • Copies of the above, but with current quarter courses circled for easier course searching:

Additional courses to potentially use by petition + course information you won't see on GOLD or the schedule of classes: 

  • Additional courses for the major we could use by petition (special substitutions applied after you complete the course, updated each quarter with the next quarter's schedule options)
  • Click here for a list of Global 197 special topics course titles + topics, updated each quarter
    • Be careful and use this also to check if this quarter's Global 197 topic + professor is the same as one you took previously, therefore making it not count towards your major requirements
    • However, you CAN take Global 197s up to two times (as long as they are different topics) for major requirement credit (make sure to select the option when enrolling on GOLD for "additional units and grade" rather than a repeat) and one additional time for upper division elective units
  • UCSB Course Catalog - Global Studies - use this to look up all the classes we've ever taught in the history of the department (keep in mind: many of these are retired now, so don't "wait" for courses to appear as they might not in time for you to graduate!)
  • TENTATIVE plan for Global Studies 2021-2022 academic year (which courses in which quarters; very much subject to change, so watch GOLD carefully)
  • ​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).

Searching for open seats and for electives - using GOLD's tools to help your search for elective courses OR just looking for courses to fill your schedule OR to meet specific GE areas

  • 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. Petitioning courses towards GE areas? Contact the College of Letters and Sciences advisors.

3.  Registration Frequently Asked Questions:

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

  • Look around on your Major and GE Progress Check on GOLD:
    • 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 - there's no guarantee that space can appear in an already-full course for you later, so you need to have a full-time schedule ready to go even if you plan to try to change classes later.
    • More ideas here.
  • Waitlists for Global courses:
    • These are NOT be prioritized as first-come, first-served - they're prioritized by unit count/class standing and by major status. (So, for example, a senior Global Studies major will be bumped to the top of the waitlist even if they added after someone who's a sophomore and/or someone not in the major yet.) We do this to increase the chances that everyone can get what they need to stay in good standing towards graduation.
      • ***Remember: we cannot guarantee access to any specific class in any specific quarter, even if you would like to graduate early for whatever reason, but we do work to guarantee an on-time graduation for our students who are making good progress in the major.
    • 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 if campus remains remote.
    • Crash Policy for Global courses

What if I'm not declared in the major yet, but I'm interested in changing my major/adding it as a second major (or I changed my major but it hasn't fully processed on GOLD yet)?

  • Major changes take several weeks (sometimes most of a quarter) to become official - your major will not change instantly once you sign your change of major petiton.
    • More information about the process of changing your major or adding Global as a second major here on our YouTube channel.
  • We block on pass 1 for most department courses to make sure our already-declared majors get the courses they need to graduate on time. Things generally open on pass 2 for non-majors (or people who changed their major but the Office of the Registrar hasn't made the change official on GOLD yet.) Read on here for more about registration blocks and substitutions
  • Please see the videos on our YouTube channel on:
    • how to plan your schedule as a Global Studies major, especially the section on what to do if your preferred courses aren't available (look for YouTube video description box chapter links)
    • the process of changing your major to Global Studies (or adding it as a 2nd major), especially the section on what to take if you are waiting for your major to change (look for YouTube video description box chapter links)

​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).

4.  I've done my research and would like to discuss registration questions/plans with a Global Studies major advisor:

  • Visit the Undergraduate Advising section of our website for all advising contact information, including with our peer advisors.
    • Please email from your UCSB account (if you are a student)global-advising@ucsb.edu and include your name and perm #. Please allow at least one full business day for a response to your email (longer during more busy registration pass times, or at the start of each new quarter.)
    • For more complex situations, we recommend booking an appointment, but we ask that you first check your Major and GE Progress Check on GOLD and look through the resources above before you make an appointment. 
    • For quick questions and after reading through the resources and information above, many of our advisors offer drop-in hours most days of the week (held virtually during the campus closure.) If you don't get a response, the advisor(s) are likely meeting with someone else and will help you as soon as possible (or message you if you need to plan a different day to drop in.)
  • Remember, if your pass time has already started, build a schedule that works, even if it's not your ideal, while waiting for an appointment so you don't lose the chance to enroll in some classes that will be suitable options.