Getting Into Courses

Why are my attempts at registering not working?

A: Unfortunately, the most likely answer is because the course is full.  If you are sure there are still seats in the class, then do you have the necessary prerequisites for the class? 

In Sociology, any course numbered 300 to 314 requires Introduction to Sociology (920:101) as a prerequisite.  For courses numbered 315 to 399, you need any one of Research Methods (920:311), Statistics in Sociology (920:312), Development of Theory (920:313) or Contemporary Theory (920:314).  For a 400-level Sociology course, the prerequisite is any two of the 311-314 group.

I have the prerequisites for a course, but still can't get in. What is the problem? 

A: Do you have the right index number?  Check again to make sure.  A lot of problems arise from simply trying to use an incorrect index number.

I took the prerequisite course(s) at another school and the computer does not recognize them.  How do I register for courses?

A: Contact the department for a Prerequisite Override.  This won't guarantee you'll get into the course you'd like, but it will tell the computer that you've met the prerequisite for a course.  Make sure you send evidence that you've had the prerequisite course(s).  A transcript will do fine for that purpose.

It says in the catalog that other lower-level Sociology courses can be used as a substitute for the Introduction to Sociology prerequisite.  Is this true?

A:  Yes.  But it is up to the instructor of the particular course to accept other courses as meeting the prerequisite.  Contact the instructor for permission to use other courses to meet a prerequisite and send an email to the department administrator for a prerequisite override.

Does the department give out special permission?

A: It is department policy that special permission can only be given by the instructor of the course.  Special permission numbers are therefore not available in the main department office.

I haven't taken the prerequisite for a class that I need, how can I obtain a prerequisite override?

A:  Per our department policy, all prerequisite overrides must be approved by the instructor of that class you are interested in taking.  Once the instructor has approved the override, please forward the approved override request to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the administrator will send a request to the registrar's office on your behalf.