For Spring 2018

The following information is applicable only to courses based in the Department of Asian Studies. It may not apply to courses based in other departments that are crosslisted with Asian Studies.  The policies and practices of other departments may vary.

If a course is listed under two numbers (e.g. ASIA 133 and HIST 133), how do I tell which department the course is based in?

One way is to look at our spring courses page, where crosslists are listed in a separate section from the courses Asian Studies offers.

This course shows up as open, but when I tried to enroll I got an error message about not meeting a reserve capacity. What does this mean, and can I enroll?

The reserve capacity message means there’s a restriction on the course (like seniors only or Japanese majors only) that you don’t qualify for.  Some of our courses do have restrictions. However, in many cases (FYS courses are an exception; they are always first-years-only) there’s a point where those restrictions will be lifted, and all remaining seats will then be made available to anyone who wants them, starting with the people on the waitlist. (You can waitlist a course even if it has a restriction that won’t let you actually enroll in it.)  To find out when that might happen, see next question.

How do I know what the restrictions are on this course (and when they might be lifted)?

When you do a search in ConnectCarolina and find the class, the section number is a link.  Click through and you’ll be on the Class Detail page. Scroll down that page to the Class Notes section, and there will be a note explaining things.

The new Schedule Planner will give you even more and better information, because when a class has reserve capacities, Schedule Planner lets you see how many seats are reserved for each group, and how many of those have been taken or are still left.  Check out tip #17 on this page.

I’m on the waitlist but I’m still not getting into the course, even though it has spaces available. What’s going on?

Check your schedule to see if you have a time conflict. ConnectCarolina will let you waitlist even if you have a time conflict or don’t meet restrictions on the class, but these things get checked when you have the chance to get in off the waitlist.

If the course has recitation sections, another possible problem is that there are seats open in some recitations, but not the one you chose. If you’re willing to make a different recitation choice in order to get into the class, look at which recitations are open and try swapping to one of them.

I want to waitlist, but this course doesn’t have a waitlist.

We purposely don’t offer waitlisting in our language courses that have multiple sections, because we want people to be realistic and choose from the sections that are actually still available, rather than pinning their hopes on a waitlist. However, if the open sections really don’t work for you, please see our further advice about getting into full sections.

Also, our First-Year Seminar classes don’t have waitlists; this is a universal First-Year Seminar policy.

I want to waitlist, but the waitlist is full.

We’re sorry. We offer as much waitlist capacity as we are permitted to, but University policy limits the size of waitlists. If the waitlist is full, all you can do is check back for a chance to join it if a spot opens up.

I tried to enroll in an open course and got an error message about permission. Where can I get a permission number?

We don’t actually use permission numbers, so you don’t need one.  Here’s what is really going on. Starting on the first day of class, we may use the department-permission requirement to block enrollment in some classes that are full. That’s because we anticipate having extra people show up wanting to add, but people already in the class may drop; if someone drops and there’s an open seat, we want that seat to go to the person who’s been attending the class for a couple of days already, not to the person who happened to see it first on ConnectCarolina.

For classes where we do this, the only way to try to get in is to come to the class itself, which you are welcome to do.

I want to get into a course that’s full. What can I do?

That depends.  Is it a culture course (taught in English) or a language course?

Getting into culture courses

First, watch ConnectCarolina for an opening. Everyone else is also dropping, adding, and generally tinkering with their schedules, so at any moment of the day or night, someone might give up a spot that you can then have.  Check back often (or better yet, use the UNC Class Checker app that notifies you when a vacancy appears) if you really want to get in.

All of our non-FYS culture courses have seats reserved for Asian Studies majors.  If our majors don’t use all those seats, we’ll release them for others, and they’ll go first to the people (if any) on the waitlist. So waitlisting is a great plan. There should be a note on the class telling you when we plan to release any extra seats.

Secondly, come to the first day of the class.  The instructor may or may not have room or be willing to take extra people, but you are welcome to show up and ask.

Will it help to email the instructor?

Maybe, maybe not. The instructor may be delighted with your enthusiasm and eager to let you add their class.  Or they may be too busy and overwhelmed with a deluge of emails to even get back to you. Or they may be open to possibly taking a few extra people, but feel that they want to see who actually shows up to the first class meeting before deciding.  In almost all cases, instructors would rather have someone who has taken the trouble to show up to the first day (and also thereby not missed a session) than someone who doesn’t show up, but keeps sending them pleading emails.

Getting into language courses

If there are open sections of the class you want, try to enroll in an available section if you are willing to take that section. Please don’t enroll in a section you won’t really take; that doesn’t improve your chances of getting into the section you want, and it shuts out other people who might be trying to get into the section you don’t want.

If you are asking to get into a full section while there are still open sections, we’ll only consider granting such a request if you genuinely have a demonstrable conflict with another class. Also, such requests will not be considered at all until the term actually starts.

What if all sections are full, or the available ones conflict with other classes I’m taking that are more important to me?

Check ConnectCarolina often. Everyone else is also dropping, adding, and generally tinkering with their schedules, so at any moment of the day or night, someone might give up a spot that you can then have.  Check back often if you really want to get in.

What if I still haven’t managed to get into the class by the day classes start?

Definitely come to the first day.  It’s fine to come to any section you want, even if it seems to be full. The instructor will pass around a sheet to collect the information of anyone who’s there hoping to add. Signing up on this sheet does NOT mean that you’ll definitely get to add, but you may keep attending the class during the first week until you hear from the department either way about your request.

Will emailing the instructor help?

Definitely not. Decisions about enrollment in language classes are made centrally by the department; the individual instructor does not have the authority to decide if you can add.

Will the department allow extra people into the class?

For courses above 101: If all sections are full, we’ll do whatever it takes to make more room. We are committed to offering enough seats for everyone from the previous level who wants to continue, but can’t guarantee everyone the section time they prefer.

Exceptions to that rule: Chinese above 408 or 414, and Japanese above 306.  At these levels, we’ll accommodate everyone we possibly can, and there’s usually room for all, but if demand exceeds supply, our majors will have priority.

I’m a graduate student. Do I need any special permission to enroll?

No, that only applies at the beginning level, which isn’t offered in spring. If you have already taken a language class here, you may freely continue to the next class in the sequence.  If you have some background in the language and hope to start taking it at UNC this spring, you need to take the departmental placement test: sign up here.  Also, be sure to enroll as soon as your appointment time comes if you want first choice of section times.

I showed up to the first day of class and signed the add request sheet.  How soon will the department make a decision and when will I find out?

We’ll make a decision as soon as possible. We’re eager to see the situation stabilize, and we also realize that anyone we say no to needs time to make other plans. We’ll notify you by email, as soon as possible and definitely by the weekend.

I still have a question about registration/enrollment in an Asian Studies course that this FAQ did not answer.

Email Lori Harris at lori@unc.edu.