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Fall 2020 Information

Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes FAQ

To help students plan and register for Fall 2020 classes, the Registrar put together a comprehensive document on frequently asked questions about the schedule.

Access it HERE.

Course Modality Glossary

To help clarify the different course delivery options for fall instruction, please see details and examples below. As always for all courses, instructors must provide reasonable accommodations for students who are ill to continue in the course without being penalized. As a reminder, students are not required to provide a doctor’s note as documentation of their illness (see UC San Diego Medical Excuse Policy).
In-Person Only
  • This is the traditional form of instruction with students and instructors joining the course in the classroom or lab (onsite). Physical attendance is required and course materials do not need to be provided asynchronously online. This option may be appropriate for courses such as labs that require the use of specialized equipment only available on campus.
  • Similar to the In-Person Only option, In-Person courses will be delivered on campus with students and instructors physically present in the classroom. However, all course materials must also be provided asynchronously for students to access anytime online. For example, lectures are provided in real time in the classroom, recorded, and posted on Canvas along with all assignments and other course materials. This is appropriate for courses that benefit, but do not depend on physical presence, where the connection between student and instructor are particularly important (e.g. foundation courses), or for instructors that prefer to engage with their students in-person.


  • This option combines elements of the In-Person option and remote instruction. Some course components are delivered on campus while other course components are offered remotely. All course materials, including components offered in-person, must be provided asynchronously for students to access anytime. For example, a course may deliver lectures online by posting recordings on Canvas and convene weekly discussion groups in the classroom. Students who are unable to join the discussion groups in person would complete an equivalent assignment, such as submitting a paper with their comments about the discussion topic. This modality may be appropriate for classes that require interaction and problem-solving with an instructor, or hands-on group work, but are too large to fully accommodate in-person due to social distancing requirements.


  • This is the only option without an element of in-person instruction. Instruction and all course materials are provided remotely and asynchronously, just as courses are currently being delivered in our remote learning environment. This option provides the most flexibility for students and instructors to continue the course with minimal disruption during the university’s transition back to campus. This may be an appropriate option for instructors who are unable to return to campus, for classes that are too large to be safely accommodated, and classes with large populations who may be unable to join us in person.

Summer 2020 Information

University-wide Academic Policy Changes

The deadline to drop a course with a 'W' grade for undergraduate students in Summer 2020 has been extended.  The new deadlines follow:

  • Summer Session 1: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
  • Summer Session 2: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • Special Session: See the Summer Session Deadline Calendar for specific dates by class.

Please see the Enrollment and Registration calendar for a complete list of academic deadlines.

Academic Policy & Deadline Changes

(SPRING 2020 ONLY) due to COVID-19

Department of Political Science

Updated Department Policy

Spring 2020 Quarter ONLY

The Department of Political Science faculty have decided on a one-time exception to approve Political Science (POLI) courses taken during the Spring 2020 quarter only with the grade option of Pass/No Pass, to count toward the Political Science majors and minors requirements, with the stipulation that a “Pass” grade must be earned.

Students still have the option to take courses for a letter grade as normal; this has not been taken away from you. If you take a Political Science course for a letter grade, you must earn a C- or better in order for the course to be allowable for your major. This policy is valid at any time, regardless of the quarter.

General Information about the Pass/No Pass Grading Option

  • A “Pass” grade means the student’s work was at or above the minimum standard of performance for a C- letter grade. A “No Pass” grade means the student’s work was below the minimum standard of performance for a C- letter grade.
  • A “Pass” grade means the units will count toward the units needed to reach degree requirements. With this exception in place, it would count toward your major requirements and toward the minimum 180 units needed to graduate from UCSD.
  • A “Pass” grade does not help – or hurt – your UCSD and Political Science GPA. Since it is not a letter grade, it is disregarded from your GPA.
  • There is NO WAY for anyone or any system – not your professor, TA, Registrar, you, academic advisors, the degree audit etc. – to determine what your grade “could have been/should be” if you chose the “Pass/No Pass” grade option, earned a “Pass” grade, and then want to know what it translates to as a letter grade.

UCSD Campus

Other University-wide Academic Policy Changes

Spring 2020 Quarter ONLY

Pass/No Pass Grades Regulations

  • P/NP grades taken during Spring 2020 will not count towards the 25% cap on P/NP courses (P/NP courses will be removed from both the numerator and denominator in this calculation).
  • Students will be able to select P/NP (and S/U) grades through the end of the 10th week.


EASy Preauthorization System

  • All students will be able to request to enroll in more than 22 units starting the first day of instruction. This will allow students to access CANVAS and other learning tools at the very beginning of the quarter.

Consequences to Consider when choosing the “Pass/No Pass” Grading Option for POLI Courses

For Political Science Majors and Minors

As you move forward in your academic journey at UCSD, and afterward, please carefully consider the impact of how your decisions regarding the “Pass/No Pass” grading option this quarter may have future consequences. Keep the following in mind:


Your cumulative UCSD and/or Political Science major GPA are required for many campus and Department programs. Many require that a certain minimum be met, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Department: Senior Honors Seminar Program, Research Apprenticeship Program, Alumni Mentor Program, Local Internship Research Program, Independent Study, and Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Campus: Study Abroad, UCDC Program, UC Center Sacramento Program, College’s Honors Program, Academic Internship Program, Research opportunities/programs outside the Department, Campus Jobs, Satisfactory Academic Progress, etc.


  • Raising GPA - Students who need to raise their GPA above a 2.0 to be in good standing or for purposes of financial aid may be harmed in taking P/NP grades.
  • Financial Aid (loans, grants, scholarships, etc.) & Satisfactory Academic Progress - In addition to GPA, a student must maintain “Satisfactory Academic Progress” (SAP). Students are still considered to be making SAP according to the standard “PACE formula” even if they get a C-, D+, or D. Students should always check with the UCSD Financial Aid Office to verify how taking courses as P/NP would impact their aid.
  • Graduate and professional school applications and program prerequisites - Graduate, medical, and other professional schools may not accept a grading option of P/NP for some courses. Students will need to check with the specific graduate/professional school they are applying to and inquire what courses are required to apply and if those courses can be graded as P/NP. 
  • Veterans - Students who are veterans and receive financial assistance need to check with their campus Veterans Affairs liaisons to determine how taking a course as P/NP will impact their financial support.
  • Job/Internship/Fellowship applications, etc. - Some companies and programs require that potential employees complete certain coursework with a certain minimum letter grade and/or overall GPA in order to be considered for a position. 
  • Additional Units - Students should carefully consider taking additional units under the assumption they will need to devote less time to each course if it is graded P/NP. The expectation is students will apply the same amount of time and energy towards each enrolled course regardless of how the course is graded. If adequate time is not planned for each course, a student could easily find themselves overwhelmed at the amount of work required for the quarter.

This is not an exhaustive list of potential unintended consequences. Students who are uncertain of the effects of this decision are encouraged to seek guidance from their academic advisors to understand the full implications of their choices.

Frequently Asked Questions - Pass/No Pass Grades

The Council of Deans of Academic Advising, in collaboration with several campus partners, have developed the attached FAQ to aid undergraduate and graduate students in deciding whether to request a P/NP or S/U grading option.

That said, students should still contact their advisor(s) regarding questions and policies pertinent to their specific academic situation. 


OSD Exam Accomodations

We will not be holding any in-person exams with accommodations for any Political Science courses in Spring 2020, including for final exams. You are still required to meet virtually with the Political Science's OSD liaison, Joanna Peralta, to review your accommodations and go over the process for handling accommodations for this Spring 2020 quarter. 

During your virtual appointment we will review testing accommodations onlyFor any classroom accommodations you should be working closely with the teaching team of the course(s) (Instructor and TAs) you are enrolled in. 

Our Political Science Student Affairs Office is still available to support you throughout the Spring 2020 quarter.  We will also continue to monitor the VAC (Virtual Advising Center) to ensure that any questions or concerns that you have regarding your OSD accommodations for Spring 2020 can be answered in a timely manner. If you have not already, we also highly encourage you to review the central campus' OSD website for updates to campus-wide OSD policies for Spring 2020. 

Academic Advising Information

The Department of Political Science offers academic advising services to UCSD students.

Current Students: Please send a message through the Virtual Advising Center or stop by during drop-in advising hours*

Prospective Students: Please review our Department Website, specifically the "Undergraduate Program" tab prior to sending any remaining questions via email to

From CASP - Video on how to use the Virtual Advising Center

Academic Advising at UC San Diego: Major Advisors vs. College Advisors

Your Political Science Undergraduate Advisor is available to provide advice and answers to questions about the Undergraduate Program in Political Science.

Your college advisor will provide you with general academic support, assist you with questions that you may have regarding college general education requirements, university requirements, IGETC and TAG, writing courses, graduation, and policy questions.

Who Should You See?

Navigating Academic Advising and Records at UC San Diego (ERC Resource)

Major and Course Planning

In order to plan out your Political Science major and remaining courses effectively, please utilize the Quarter by Quarter plan below that fits your needs. The documents are fillable PDFs; students are more the welcome to fill out a plan and have it verified by the Undergraduate Advisor. We recommend you consider which Department and campus programs you may be interested in partaking during your time at UCSD 

Quarter by Quarter Plan - Two Years (Blank, Political Science)

Quarter by Quarter Plan - Three Years (Blank, Political Science)

Quarter by Quarter Plan - Four Years (Blank, Political Science)

Quarter by Quarter Plan - Four Years (Blank, UCSD)

Incoming Freshmen and Trasfer students should review the general academic plans at

Academic Deadlines

Deadline information is pertinent to all Political Science majors and students taking Political Science courses. These deadlines, policies, and procedures should be kept in mind when making changes to any current or future courses.

Academic Quarter Deadlines (does not include Summer Session)

  • The deadline to add courses is the Friday of 2nd week. The Department does not allow late adds.
  • The deadline to change grading options, change units and drop courses without a W is the Friday of 4th week.
  • EFFECTIVE FALL 2018: The deadline to drop courses with a "W" is the Friday of Week 6 for undergraduate students.

See the current Enrollment and Registration Calendar for specific deadline dates.  Be sure that you are reading the dates for the current academic year. 

Academic Policies

Academic policy information is pertinent to all Political Science majors and students taking Political Science courses. These deadlines, policies, and procedures should be kept in mind when making changes to any current or future courses. Students are held responsible for knowing UC San Diego's Academic Policies via the Academic Senate Educational Policies and Senate Manual.

W Grades

W grades

A student may receive a maximum of one W per course per Academic Senate Regulation 500(F)(C),  Keep in mind that if you have already received a W for a course, you may not drop that same course after 4th week the second time you take it.

Retaking Classes

Retaking classes

You can only repeat classes for which you receive a D or an F.  If you retake a class where you received a grade higher than a D, you will not receive units for it, nor will it replace the old grade in your GPA. For information on how to repeat a class and eligibility, please visit Special Enrollment website.

If you wish to retake a course for the third time you must contact your College first for approval.

P/NP vs Letter Grade

P/NP vs Letter Grade

The Department of Political Science requires that all students take their major required coursework for a letter grade.  This includes all lower division and upper division work.  The only exception to this rule is for courses that do not offer a letter grade option (such as POLI 199). In order for the course to be applicable to the major requirements, students must earn a C- or better. 

Major GPA

Major GPA

All Political Science majors must earn a 2.0 Major GPA to be eligible to graduate with a Political Science degree.  When calculating a student’s major GPA (for reasons such as determining eligibility in the Senior Honors Seminar), the Department uses ALL Political Science courses taken at UCSD. 

Late Add Policy

The Department DOES NOT allow courses to be late added. There are no exceptions.

Quarter Limit/Maximum Unit Limitation Policies

Quarter Limit and Enrollment Beyond the Quarter Limit (for students entering UC San Diego in Fall 2019 and thereafter)

  • An undergraduate student who enrolls at UC San Diego as a freshman in Fall 2019 and thereafter is allowed to enroll for twelve quarters to complete all requirements for a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degree. If a student reaches this quarter limit and needs additional time to complete those requirements, they will be required to submit a completion plan and have it approved by their major department or program as well as their college prior to enrolling for additional quarters to continue work toward the degree.
  • An undergraduate student who enrolls at UC San Diego as a transfer student in Fall 2019 and thereafter is allowed to enroll for six quarters to complete all requirements for a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degree. If a student reaches this quarter limit and needs additional time to complete those requirements, they will be required to submit a completion plan and have it approved by their major department or program as well as their college prior to enrolling for additional quarters to continue work toward the degree.
  • Summer session, as well as quarters during which students are approved for part-time status or have withdrawn from all courses, will not count toward the allowable number of quarters.

Maximum Unit Limitation (for students enrolled at UC San Diego prior to Fall 2019)

  • Students are limited to 200 units for B.A. and B.S. in Arts and Sciences, 230 units for B.S. in Engineering, and 240 units for double majors.
  • Transfer units applicable toward general-education requirements or major requirements are included in the maximum unit calculation; all other transfer units are to be excluded. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate units are to be excluded.

Academic Procedures

Academic procedure information is pertinent to all Political Science majors and students taking Political Science courses. These deadlines, policies, and procedures should be kept in mind when making changes to any current or future courses.

Undergraduate Petitions

Undergraduate Petitions

Exceptions to the published University deadlines and policies are usually granted only in extenuating circumstances beyond your control (computer error, hospitalization, etc.). Supporting documentation is required.   Consult with an academic advisor if you have questions.

Undergraduate Petition 

Double Major Petition

Many Political Science students decide to double major during their time at UCSD. Please note that Political Science students may not double major within the same Department (i.e. you may not have both a Political Science - International Relations major and a Political Science - Public Policy major, for example). A student in good standing may petition to declare a double major.

Review the page here or read below:

How To Declare a Double Major:

1. Make sure you meet the requirements.

  • To declare a double major, you must plan to:
    • Satisfy the requirements for BOTH majors, including 10 upper-division courses (40 units) unique to each major.
    • Complete the two majors in six quarters for transfer students or twelve quarters for first-year students.
    • Meet with both departments/programs and your college to discuss your academic plan.

Read the Academic Senate policy on double majors (A-3).

2. Obtain and complete a Double Major Petition.

    1. Complete a Double Major Petition (PDF).
    2. Prepare an Academic Planning Worksheet (PDF):
      • List all requirements for both majors as well as college and University requirements.
      • List all courses, including completed, in progress, and proposed.
      • Write a brief Statement of Purpose explaining your reasoning for completing two majors.

3. Submit the petition.

    1. Submit the Double Major Petition, Academic Planning Worksheet, and Statement of Purpose to major departments/programs for review.
    2. If approved by both departments/programs, submit all documents to your college academic advising office for final review. 



  • If a class you hope to add is full, get on the WebReg waitlist during your appointment time (Waitlisting is only available during second pass).
  • The waitlist sequence is first-come, first-served. Be sure to enroll during your appointment time.
  • An automated computer program will move eligible students off the WebReg waitlists and into classes as seats become available. It will run nightly through the end of the second week of the quarter.
  • The program will send messages to your email if you are added to the class via waitlist.
  • The Department cannot manipulate the waitlist or bump students to the front of the waitlist, regardless of circumstance or whether or not you are a Political Science major. NO exceptions.



  • Students are eligible for an Incomplete if 1). something beyond the student’s control is preventing the student from completing coursework by the end of the quarter; and 2). The student is currently passing the course. 
  • You MUST request and receive instructor approval for an  Incomplete. An Incomplete must be requested before the final.  
  • You must complete the work to remove the Incomplete on or before the date agreed upon with the instructor and in time for the instructor to assign a grade BEFORE THE END OF THE FOLLOWING QUARTER.
  • Failure to complete this work within the time limit will result in the “I” lapsing to a permanent “F” grade.
  • For justifiable reasons such as illness, you may petition your College to extend the Incomplete one quarter.  These petitions must have prior approval of the instructor and the Department.  The petition must include the reasons for requesting the extension, how and when the “I” is to completed and must be filed BEFORE the Incomplete lapses to a “Failing” grade.  The extension cannot be made retroactively.

Finding Your Enrollment Time

Many students inquire about how to find their enrollment time when registering for classes in the upcoming quarter. 

We have created a helpful guide for students (with visuals) about where one can find their enrollment time. 

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment

UCSD Extension Students wishing to take a Political Science course should first meet with UCSD Extension and then complete the following steps:

  • Attend Lecture through the end of Week 2.
  • Beginning week 3 but not prior to Week 3, bring in your Concurrent Enrollment Card to the Political Science Department in SSB 301. If there is room in the course, a student affairs officer will then stamp your Concurrent Enrollment Card.

If you have questions not answered on this page you may submit a question via the Virtual Advising Center or come in for walk-in advising.  We do not answer advising questions via email or telephone.

 Buckley Waiver

You can find the Buckley Waiver for the Political Science here.