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.
- 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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.