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For Fall 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. However, the way to possibly get these later seats is the same across the board: be on the waitlist!

  • 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.
  • ASIA 150 has seats reserved for SO. Any leftovers from these (unlikely) will be released when open enrollment starts on April 22.
  • ASIA 150, CHIN 101, JAPN 101, KOR 101, and VIET 101 have seats reserved for incoming FY students. Leftovers will be released August 5 (when registration reopens to everyone).
  • CHIN 439, CHIN 443, CHIN 475, CHIN 545, and JAPN 401 may hold some seats into the summer for incoming DAMES grad students. When these leftovers would be released is variable, but the best way to get them is to be on the waitlist.

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 TURK 101 and 203, and possibly Vietnamese.
One way is to look at our fall 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. (WARNING: if you try to Swap to a closed recitation, it may take you out of the class and back onto the waitlist.) 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 changed effective spring 2024: 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.
Email Lori Harris for help. Include your PID.