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Frequently Asked Questions


Q:I need to register for a class, but it's closed. What do I do?

A: If you need to get into a class that is currently closed, please keep an eye on its enrollment until the start of the quarter. It is very common for the enrollment to fluctuate before the quarter begins, and if you see an opening, you should be able to add yourself to the class (provided you meet the prerequisites).

Q: The quarter is about to start and I still haven't been able to add the class I need to take. What do I do?

A:Please attend the first week of the class you wish to add, talk with the instructor and sign the attendance sheet he/she provides. Some spaces may open at the end of this period, but this is not guaranteed. Please note that if you have not regularly attended class during this period, you will not be added even if there are available spots.

Q:The Time Schedule says the class is open, and I meet all the prerequisites. Why can't I enroll?

A: In all likelihood, the class is probably full. The main Time Schedule page is only updated once a day, and often does not accurately reflect the current number of students enrolled. For the most up-to-date information, you can either click on the SLN number of the course, or click on the Enrollment Summary link at the top of the Time Schedule page. Either option will show you the accurate enrollment numbers.


Q:Do you keep waiting lists for your classes?

A:Waiting lists are handled directly by the instructors. If you are trying to get into a closed course, please keep an eye on its enrollment as an opening may become available suddenly. Contact the instructor and attend the first week of class.


Q: Do I need an add code to get into your classes?

A: Add codes are only required for sections that have special designations, such as FIG sections. Most of our classes do not require an add code, and you should be able to register yourself during Period 1 or Period 2 provided you meet the prerequisites, if any, and there is space in the course/section you are trying to add.

Q: The class I want to take is full, will you give me an add code?

A:  Normally, add codes are handled directly by the instructor. However, you should watch the enrollment summary until the start of the quarter and/or attend the first day of class to be considered for any spots.


Q: What does an "FIG section" mean?

A: If a class is designated as FIG section, it means that only students who are part of a Freshman Interest Group may enroll in that section. If you are not a FIG student, you will need to register for another section.

Q: I'm a FIG student. How do I get into the FIG section?

A: Entry into the FIG sections is by add code only. If you have difficulties registering, please send an e-mail message to


Q:How do I go about signing up to write an Honors Thesis?

A:  This option is only for students that have been admitted to the AES Honors Program. The pertinent application form is available at the academic adviser’s office; or it can be downloaded here [link here to AES H P Application]. Please notice that students must hold at least a 3.5 overall GPA and a minimum of 3.7 GPA in AES courses in order to be eligible for this option. For more information on this matter, see the section on Honors here [link here to AES Honors Thesis]

498s & 499s

Q:How many 498 (Special Topics) courses can I take?

A:  A maximum of 15 credits (three 5-credit courses) can count for your degree completion, whether you take them all in one or more than one concentration (AES, AAS, AA/PIA, CHST)

Q:How many 499 (Independent Study) courses can I take?

A:  A maximum of 10 credits (typically, two 5-credit courses) can be applied toward the major


Q: Do the Swahili or Tagalog courses count toward the fulfillment of the AES major?

A:No. The Swahili and Tagalog language courses do not fulfill AES requirements. However, they can be used to satisfy the University’s foreign language requirement, or can be applied to the “elective” courses category.


Q:I want to retake a class I already have credit for. What do I do?

A: If you wish to repeat a course you have taken already, you should talk with the academic adviser first. Priority is given to students who have not previously taken the class; so we are often not able to accommodate students trying to repeat. In any case, you will need to attend the first three days of class and sign the attendance sheet provided by the instructor.

Q:Will I receive credit if I repeat a course?

A: No credit is given for repeated courses. If you are repeating a course, you may want to contact the Financial Aid Office to find out if and/or how a repeated course will affect the aid you receive.


Q:I'm a non-matriculated student. How do I get into a class?

A: Please visit to read about becoming a non-matriculated student at the UW. To enroll in an AES class during the academic year, you will need to attend the first week of class, making sure to sign the attendance sheet provided by the instructor.  Please note that matriculated UW undergraduates have priority for any open spaces. During Summer Quarter, non-matriculated students may enroll in our classes during Period 2 registration.


Q:I need to transfer credits I took at another institution. How do I go about it?

A:We regularly accept transfer coursework from other universities and community colleges. The UW Office of Admissions provides information to help you plan your transfer: http//

If you are transferring from a local college, you can access the UW Equivalency Guide to view how specific courses from your college will automatically transfer to your AES degree: http//

If you have coursework that does not automatically transfer, make an appointment with the AES academic adviser. Bring copies of all relevant transcripts (official or unofficial) and course syllabi.


UW Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) offers drop-in tutoring, discussion sessions led by graduate and senior undergraduate students, and a writing center. For more information, visit their website at Other UW and on-line resources are available,

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