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For Spring 2024

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

This is a little complicated because different types of seat reserve will be lifted at different times.

  • All our culture courses, and a few advanced Chinese and Japanese language courses, have seats reserved for DAMES majors. Any leftovers that our majors don’t use in the first registration wave will be released before the start of the second wave.
  • Our 100-level culture courses have seats reserved for FR/SO. Any leftovers from these will be released when open enrollment starts on November 17.

If you are hoping to maybe get in once more seats are released, the absolute best thing to do is waitlist (though you can’t do so until the second wave). Any seats that become available will go to the people on the waitlist first.

If you can forward to Lori Harris an email from the professor/department of the other class, saying that you’ll be taking their class asynchronously and don’t need to attend it at the scheduled time, we’ll override the time conflict. Be sure to include in the email your name, PID, and exactly what DAMES class section you wish to add.
Only Intermediate Vietnamese and some of the Turkish classes.
One way is to look at our spring courses page, where crosslists are listed in a separate section from the courses DAMES offers.
New features have recently been added to ConnectCarolina that will help you with this.

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 Availability section, and you’ll see a breakdown of seats: how many were reserved for different groups and who those groups were, how many were open to anyone, and for each group how many of the seats have been taken and how many are left. In the Reserved Seats column, the abbreviated name of the reserve group has hover text that explains it more clearly.

Below this in the Notes section on the same page there may be a note explaining when reserved seats will be released.

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. If you see another open recitation that you’d be willing to take, but can’t change your request on ConnectCarolina without losing your place on the waitlist, contact Lori Harris for help (include your PID).

Our First-Year Seminar classes don’t have waitlists; this is a universal First-Year Seminar policy.
It may be too early–remember you can’t waitlist during the first wave of registration.
We don’t actually use permission numbers, so you don’t need one.  The actual situation here could be a number of things; look for a note in the Class Notes section on ConnectCarolina.
Get on the waitlist!  Waitlisting rules are changing starting now: you can waitlist more courses, more people can be on a waitlist, and the ability to join a waitlist will continue through the start of the semester.  So this is absolutely the thing to do.

If you’re on the waitlist, you’re welcome to come to the first day of the class (if the class is remote, see below).

Not as a means of bypassing the waitlist. If you’re next on the waitlist? 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 keeps sending them pleading emails but doesn’t actually show up.
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.

Otherwise, join the waitlist!  But please note, ConnectCarolina will allow you to be enrolled in one section of a course and waitlist a different section, so please monitor your registration to make sure you are not enrolled in more than one section of the same thing.  If you are enrolled and want to change sections, it’s best to set this up as a swap.

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.

If the section you want is full, waitlist, and come to the first day of class. If all sections of a language level are full, we may add more seats.
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.
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 313, 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.  These courses will have most seats reserved for majors in the first wave, so if you are not majoring in Chinese or Japanese but want to take an advanced language course, you’re likely to get a chance during the second wave. 

Email Lori Harris for help. Include your PID.