LRS Registration Details: Autumn 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.

PME Only: Section 1

MAPH OnlySection 2

MAPSS Only: Section 3

All Other Graduate StudentsSections 4-7

LRS will be taught in person in Autumn Quarter. 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.

When is LRS offered?

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

Summer Quarter Note:
LRS is open to undergraduates through Summer Programs. University of Chicago graduates students can only be waitlisted until Summer Programs confirms LRS will be offered in the summer. We will then offer graduate students open seats if there are any. If you are a University of Chicago graduate student who would like to be placed on a waitlist for consideration into summer LRS, please contact us at

In Summer Quarter, LRS 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. We are not allowing anyone to audit the course 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. If undergraduate students request to be enrolled in LRS through AIS after resolutions, we ask that they drop those requests and place themselves on the waitlist, as we have an internal process with which we invite and approve waitlisted students into open spots in the course.

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 PME, 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

Unfortunately, LRS is restricted to University of Chicago students. Alumni, professionals, and students outside the University of Chicago may reach out to us for alternative writing resources.

Important Policies Regarding LRS Access

The discussion section I want to be in is full. How can I enroll in LRS?

 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 Monday, September 20th for Autumn 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. 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 view the two recorded lectures in Week 1 on Tuesday and Thursday. Discussion sections begin meeting during Week 2. Please note that we do not indicate where students are on the waitlist.

If I’m waitlisted, how will I be able to access the course materials?

 Waitlisters will be added to the course Canvas site on the Friday of Week Zero, which will contain all the materials they will need for the first week of LRS. Waitlisters will also be emailed a list of instructions addressing enrollment procedures and other questions. Due to COVID-19 policies, waitlisted students and those considering enrolling in LRS cannot attend lectures in person.

What if I want to switch sections?

 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 or facilitate switches between students in sections.

What if I want to audit the course?

 We are not allowing anyone to view lectures and course materials outside of students waitlisted in Week 1.We do not allow anyone to officially audit the course. 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.

I couldn’t enroll into LRS this quarter. Will you guarantee me a spot next quarter?

 We do not guarantee any student a spot in LRS in any quarter.


LRS Waitlist Form

Please consult the LRS FAQ above for any questions you may have about registration and waitlisting. If you have further questions, please email us at

LRS Waitlist Form

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