LRS Registration Details: Winter 2021

LRS small-group seminars are divided into designated sections. Only register for the section you fall under, or you will lose your seat in the course. Further information regarding course registration and enrollment procedures is provided in our FAQ below. If you still have questions about which section is appropriate for you, please see below, and contact us at with any questions.

MAPSS Only: Section 1-7

CIR Only: Section 8

MAPH Only: Section 9-10

All Other Graduate Students: Sections 11-14

All Undergraduate Students: Sections 15-22

When is LRS offered?

LRS is offered in all quarters. Undergraduates may not register for the course in Autumn Quarter.

Please note that LRS during the Summer Quarter is an accelerated course over six weeks. Both lectures and sections occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The turnaround time for assignments is also faster than in other quarters; therefore, it is advised that students consider these changes carefully prior to registration.

Who may register for LRS?

1st and 2nd-year undergraduates may not register or enroll in LRS. However, 2nd-year undergraduates who will be rising 3rd-year undergraduates in Autumn may enroll for LRS offered in the Summer Quarter.

All 3rd- and 4th-year undergraduates may “bid” on the course or register themselves prior to the quarter. The course will close to new registrations the Friday before the beginning of the quarter and we will begin administering our waitlist. Please note that undergraduates can only register for the course in Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters.

All Master’s and PhD students in the following schools and divisions may register during Graduate Registration Week: Humanities, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Divinity School, and Harris School of Public Policy.

PhD students in the following schools may register during registration week: Booth School of Business, Law School, and the Social Service Administration.

Professional students seeking Master’s degrees at Booth, the Law School, SSA, and the Graham School must fill out the LRS Waitlist Form and wait until Friday of Week 1 to register if a spot becomes available.

Graduate students from outside institutions participating in the Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program (CMEP) are encouraged to register for the course. Further information regarding registration is provided in the “How do I register?” section and through students’ host institutions.

Unfortunately, UChicago staff and postdocs are not permitted to formally register and therefore may not participate in a discussion section. However, please contact us for information on auditing the lectures. With the transition to remote learning in Winter 2021, we are not allowing course audits at this time. 

How do I register?

Eligible undergraduate students (see above) will “bid” for their courses during the pre-registration period. They can only pre-register for the LRS lecture. Once student pre-registrations are resolved – usually around Week 10 or Finals Week – then the Registrar’s Office will register students in sections that work with students’ schedules per their resolved bids.

Please note that undergraduate students may not place themselves on the LRS wailtist until the resolution period, and only if they are unable to enroll in the course per the results of their resolutions.

Eligible students (see above) may register themselves in an appropriate discussion section as designated in the course listing. Any student registered in an incorrect section will be dropped from the course and may re-register in the correct section if space remains. Most graduate students should register in a “General Grad” section. Students in a program-specific section such as MAPSS, CIR, or MAPH must contact their program administrator to assist them with registration as these sections are consent-only. (If your program has a designated section(s), you will not be permitted to join a General Grad section.)

To reiterate: Professional students seeking master’s and doctorate’s degrees at Booth, the Law School, and SSA, as well as Graduate Students-at-Large through the Graham School, must fill out the LRS Waitlist Form and wait until Friday of Week 1 to register if a spot becomes available.

Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program (CMEP) students must first apply through their home institutions. The home school will then submit their application to the University of Chicago’s CMEP Liaison, who forwards them to the instructors of ENGL 33000. Approval to take the course is dependent on student qualifications and enrollment availability. Students who wish to apply through CMEP or other exchange programs should consult their home institution’s procedures and apply well before the quarter in which they would like to enroll. For more information, students are advised to contact their CMEP Liaisons at their home instutitions. Exchange programs are handled by UChicagoGRAD at the University of Chicago.

In fairness to everyone seeking enrollment into the course, we ask that students do NOT add their names to the waitlist if they are already enrolled in an LRS section. Otherwise, students may be removed from waitlist consideration.

If students drop their LRS section and find that all sections are full, we ask that they please fill out the Waitlist Form so that we may attempt to re-place students in their original section or other open sections they prefer.

If you have any questions, please write to

What if I didn't get a spot during registration week?

If the course is full (or if your desired discussion time is full), you may place yourself on the waitlist at the bottom of this page, which will open on November 16th for Winter 2021. You are also welcome to continue checking the course listing prior to the beginning of the quarter to see if a spot opens up. The course will be closed to new registrations the Friday before the quarter begins.

Please note that students cannot place themselves on the waitlist if they are already enrolled in a section. If you would like to switch sections, students must drop the course and then place themselves on the waitlist if they are unable to re-enroll into an open spot. We do not perform switches between students in sections, nor do we indicate where students are on the waitlist.

By Friday of Week 1, we will notify those on the waitlist if a spot opens up in their desired section. In the meantime, waitlisters must attend the two plenary lectures in Week 1 on Tuesday and Thursday. Discussion sections begin meeting during Week 2.

We do not allow anyone to officially audit the course. At this time, we are not allowing anyone to view lectures and course materials outside of students waitlisted in Week 1. If you are unable to take LRS because you have dropped the course or have not secured a spot into the course during Week 1, you will not be able to further access lectures and course materials – no exceptions.

LRS Waitlist Form

LRS Waitlist Form

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