Spring has sprung!

Fall 2020 Class Registration

Your Spring enrollment appointments are now available via CalCentral at > My Academics > Class Enrollment

Before your Phase 1 begins, review the following video on how to use CalCentral to perform specific Enrollment actions, such as: Add, Drop, Swap:


Check your CalCentral for your specific enrollment start date and time shown in PST.

  • Phase 1 Ends 6/12/20 - 11:59:00PM PST

Once Phase 1 ends, you must wait until your Phase 2 appointment begins to make adjustments (add, drop, swap, grading option, discussion change, variable unit updates) to your enrollments on CalCentral.

  • Phase 2 Ends 8/16/20 11:59:00PM PST

Undergraduates are limited to no more than 13.5 units during Phase 1 and 17.5 units during Phase 2, which includes waitlisted units. (For graduates, the limit for Phase 1 is 12 units, and for Phase 2 it is 20.5 units.)


Sociology 190 (Capstone Seminars)

Students are unable to directly enroll or wait-list themselves into a Sociology 190 capstone seminar via Cal Central.  Instead, enrollment permission into seminars is done manually to ensure placement for those who are graduating seniors in the Sociology major and those considered high priority.  However, we are usually able to accommodate most interested Sociology students. Please see an advisor for assistance.


1) Review the course descriptions for the 190 seminars and identify the courses you are interested in:

2) Complete the Sociology 190 Placement Request Form online (Available March 26th) by May 1, 2020:  

** Be sure to submit your request online by or before MAY 1, 2020.  You must submit this request by the deadline in order to ensure placement in a course.  


For more information:


The Academy for Public Policy Analysis & Research

The Academy provides participants exposure to some of the nation’s leading experts in almost every critical policy issue facing the country (housing, food assistance, criminal justice, state governance, labor, children & families, fiscal, etc.) Participants join a cohort of students who research analysis and technical skills; create & complete an original research project tackling policy problems; receive mentorship from Urban Institute senior & junior staff; meet & network with people from organizations like CBPP, CBO, Demos, Brookings, EPI, etc. The program is no cost & students receive:

  • Round trip transportation to Washington, DC. for summer program
  • Summer housing at nearby George Washington University dorms 
  • Work space at the Urban Institute
  • $6,000 stipend* ($5,000 for summer portion, $1,000 during senior year for APPAM and paper completion)
  • Travel and lodging for APPAM’s Annual Research Conference - November 2020 

If a student’s college or university awards credit(s) for participation in the program, The Policy Academies will facilitate the submission of the documentation necessary to obtain such credit(s).


Once completing the program, students enter a pipeline system ensuring they have access to support over their lifetime in pursuing policy and academic careers.


For more information:

Minoo Moallem - GWS 220 (Gender and Women's Studies Research Seminar) 

I am a diasporic feminist scholar working in interdisciplinary postcolonial and transnational cultural studies, social theory, Middle Eastern studies, and Iranian cultural politics and diaspora. I became invested in social movements and questions of social justice before pursuing a sociology degree.

I am academically trained as a sociologist in four different countries: Iran, France, Canada, and the US, and in three languages. Sociology provided me with the epistemological and methodological concepts and tools to pursue my passion for working towards a more egalitarian society through education. I have written about issues of gender, race, nation, religion, and immigration by focusing on local, national, regional, and global relations of power. I have been among the very first Iranian scholars who embarked on the study of critical race theory, postcoloniality, immigration, diaspora, and digital humanities.


I always bring the experience of my research and scholarship into the classroom. Many of my most innovative courses are based on my extensive research and scholarship. For example, I developed the first-ever feminist course in the Bay area, if not in the U.S., on “Women in the Muslim and Arab Worlds,” as early as 1994. I also developed several courses on issues of immigration and refugees, including a graduate course entitled, “Diaspora, Border, and Transnational Identities” at UC Berkeley.  I believe in the interconnection between theory and practice and developed several praxis-oriented courses in gender and women’s studies, including a course on women, poverty, and globalization.

I also offer a course entitled “Objects and Commodities,” based on my more recent work on Persian Carpets as transnational commodities. In this course, I teach students to not only learn about commodities as objects of inquiry, but also to interrogate their relationship to objects and to examine the connection between culture and economy, and the linkage between subject formation, consumerism, and environment. I learn greatly from my students and the experience of being in a classroom. I have used this knowledge to reflect on questions of pedagogy and the importance of interrogating the relations of power and the significance of affective flows in the classroom.

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Erin Ward - South Asian Women’s Organizations: Contesting the Carceral State and Striving for Self-Sufficiency

Abstract: Drawing on research of South Asian women’s non-profit organizations in the contemporary United States, this essay situates the work of organizations to respond to domestic violence in the lives of South Asian women within its broader economic and political context. Specifically, it asks how the emergence and command of neoliberal governance has shaped the work to assist and advocate on behalf of South Asian women who have suffered experiences of domestic violence in the United States. In what ways is this work implicated in the neoliberal project and in what ways does it challenge it? This paper finds that though South Asian women’s organizations contest the neoliberal paradigm of criminal justice as their solution to the violence their clients face, emphasis upon transforming their clients into primary wage earners reveals an important role these organizations play in maintaining neoliberal ideals of self-reliance.

Keywords: south Asian women’s organizations, domestic violence, anti-violence, neoliberalism 
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