Undergraduate Registration Resources

Fall 2020: The decision for online versus in-person courses is still being made. 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.

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 this page for some helpful videos on using GOLD to check your degree requirements and degree progress audit - this helps you know what classes you have taken and what you still have to take.

Transfer students: Global Studies August 2019 Transfer Student Orientation information: Slides and Handouts


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), 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 read the above document first - 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.

Click here for the 2019-2020 requirements and a suggested plan of study (new freshmen starting in fall 2019 and beyond; junior transfers starting fall 2021 and beyond)

Click here for the 2018-2019 requirements and a suggested plan of study (continuing students including new junior transfers in fall 2019 and fall 2020)

Click here for a list of 197 topics

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.
  • Waitlists for Global courses don't exist on GOLD - reach out to the undergraduate advisor if you didn't get in to a core course you needed (Global 1/2/110/120/130), and for elective courses, plan to crash the course day one - the instructor will make decisions for extra enrollment in elective courses.
  • In the event that Fall 2020 courses are also held online, there will be a similar system for "virtually crashing" as there was in Spring - stay tuned for more details as we learn them.


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

Specific Information for the Foreign Language Requirement for the Major

Will (insert Global class here) be taught in a future quarter? (Subject to changes throughout the year)

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.

4.  Other links:

NOTE:  Regarding Registration Blocks and Substitutions

Crash Policy for Global courses

UCSB Course Catalog - Global Studies


Questions regarding your major and/or academic progress? Please email Undergraduate Advisor Meghan Zero at: meghanzero@global.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 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.