Fall: Freshmen Golden Bear Advising

Media Studies - A Learn More Session for Freshmen

This is an opportunity for Freshmen to learn more about the Media Studies major
and ask questions. We look forward to meeting you.

Friday, August 18, 2017

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

262 Evans Hall




Greetings Fall 2017 Freshman,

Welcome to Cal! We are delighted you will be joining the University of California, Berkeley academic community and are interest in the Media Studies major.

In the beginning, you will be working with the L&S College Advisers in the Office of Undergraduate Advising. Get to know their website. It will be a valuable resource throughout your time at Cal. You will learn a lot through Golden Bear Orientation (GB0) and Golden Bear Advising (GBA) too.

While you may have expressed an interest in Media Studies when you applied to the University, we encourage you to explore all your major options to make the best, informed choice for you. We want you to study what sparks your individual academic interests and make the most of your time at Cal. There are a number of ways to explore majors on campus. A few are listed at the end of this webpage.

Read the Media Studies website in its entirety so you will be knowledgeable about the major you are considering. Reading the home page and course descriptions will help you determine if your interests match what our major offers. Reading Applying: Overview and Prerequisites will help you plan to complete the major prerequisites if you choose to be an intended Media Studies major.

If you decide you want to major in Media Studies, the College of Letters and Science recommends that you choose to complete the prerequisites for a non-restrictive alternate major in addition to Media Studies, a high-demand major. See Choosing a Major and High-Demand Majors.

If you have a specific question or two after reading our website, email mediastudies_advising@berkeley.edu. You will receive a response from Laura Demir, Josh Jackson or Jean Retzinger.

If you have multiple or complex questions that require a dialogue to answer, it is best for you to come see Laura Demir, Josh Jackson or Jean Retzinger.

Laura Demir is the Student Academic Advisor, which is a staff position. Josh Jackson and Jean Retzinger are faculty who advise students regarding the major and teach Media Studies courses.

When you reach out to us for advice, identify yourself as a fall 2017 new freshman, who is exploring the Media Studies major. In emails and voice mail messages, include your student ID# and specific question(s). When leaving a voice mail message, speak slowly and remember to both say and spell your name. Reviewing the Media Studies website and making a list of your questions in preparation for our exchange will help you ask the questions most important to you and will help us better advise you.

We look forward to meeting you and are planning an information event during Golden Bear Orientation just for you. The details will be posted soon.

Enjoy your summer! Go Bears!

A few ways to explore major options at UC Berkeley:

  • Read Choosing a Major on the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising website.
  • Review the major and minor options listed in the Berkeley Academic Guide. Do not be surprised if you discover a major that you did not know existed.
  • Enroll in Letters and Science 1W: Exploring the Liberal Arts Hybrid Course in fall 2017. This course will introduce you to many of the intellectual and enrichment opportunities available to you as a student in the College of Letters and Science. Course information will be available in bCourses. You can visit L&S 1, the non-hybrid version offered in fall 2016, to get a sense of the course.
  • Take advantage of the wonderful resources at the Career Counseling Library. Explore undergraduate majors, careers and graduate programs and learn more about yourself in relation to each so you can make good decisions as you plan your future.
  • Visit the Career Center website. The Incoming Freshmen page is full of information just for you.