Fall: Transfer Students Golden Bear Advising

Greetings Fall 2019 Transfer Student,

Welcome to Cal! We are delighted you will be joining the University of California, Berkeley academic community and have identified yourself as an intended Media Studies major.

To get started, please do the following:

  1. Read Golden Bear Orientation (GBO).
  2. Read the Media Studies website. See Requirements for Media Studies Majors Who Declare in Fall 2018 or Later.
  3. Get familiar with CalCentral.
  4. Complete Golden Bear Advising (GBA) by July 7, 2019.
  5. Watch for bCourses notifications and emails from the Media Studies Program. If you applied to UC Berkeley as an intended Media Studies major and created your @berkeley.edu email address, we should have your @berkeley.edu email address. If you applied intending another major and are now interested in Media Studies, email mediastudies_advising@berkeley.edu from your @berkeley.edu email address with the subject line: GBA: New Transfer and ask to be added to our bCourses Group for this summer’s GBA and GBO.
  6. Identify the prerequisites you have completed and which ones you still need to take for Media Studies. See below.
  7. Identify whether you will be eligible to apply to Media Studies at the beginning of fall 2019 or the beginning of spring 2020. See below.
  8. Make a list of the courses you need and would like to take in fall 2019. Keep in mind that it is important to have an alternate course plan in case you end up on any wait lists.

How do you prepare for enrolling and selecting classes for fall 2019?

  • Complete steps 1 through 8 listed above.
  • Read the sections below regarding enrollment advising tips for intended Media Studies majors. 
  • Review the Planning pages on the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising website.
  • Look up course descriptions in the Berkeley Academic Guide.
  • Find class specifics (time, instructor, location) in the schedule available via CalCentral and look for courses that are not offered at conflicting times.
  • Plan to take between 13 to 16 units. Consider being kind to yourself and taking closer to 13 units your first semester. Give yourself time to adjust to your new academic setting and successfully complete all courses.
  • If you add yourself to the wait list for a course, have an alternate course plan and attend both classes until you are enrolled in one.


Enrollment Advising Tips for Intended Media Studies Majors

Please note that there are a number of sections below. You only need to read the paragraphs that apply to you.


What prerequisites have you completed for the Media Studies major?

As a transfer student interested in the Media Studies major, what you plan to take your first semester at Cal depends on whether you are eligible to apply to the Media Studies major at the beginning of fall 2019 or need to wait to apply at the beginning of spring 2020. See Applying: Overview and Prerequisites.

If you attended a California community college,
 look up your community college, UC Berkeley and Media Studies on assist.org. If a course is on assist.org, it has been approved as a Media Studies prerequisite. If it is NOT on assist.org, it has NOT been approved as a Media Studies prerequisite. For courses not on assist.org, you will need to submit a course description and syllabus for review to mediastudies_advising@berkeley.edu. A Faculty Adviser will review your syllabus and let you know whether the course you submitted can satisfy a prerequisite requirement.

If you attended another school that is not on assist.orgcompare the list of Media Studies prerequisites to your other school's transcript. If you think you have a course that may satisfy any of these prerequisite requirements, you will need to submit a course description and syllabus for review to mediastudies_advising@berkeley.edu. A member of the Media Studies Faculty will review your syllabus and let you know whether the course you submitted can satisfy a prerequisite requirement.


Are you eligible to apply to the Media Studies major in fall 2019?

If you have satisfied all of the Media Studies prerequisites OR you have satisfied three of the prerequisites including Media Studies 10 and can enroll in the fourth prerequisite during fall 2019, you are eligible to apply to the major in fall 2019. We encourage you to apply during the first application period. See Media Studies Application - Fall 2019See Media Studies Enrollment Tips for Students Applying to the Major in Fall 2019 below.

If you still need to take Media Studies 10 OR you have two or more prerequisites to complete for the Media Studies major, you are NOT eligible to apply to the major in fall 2019. You must take the remaining courses you need to apply for the Media Studies major and a non-restricted alternate major in fall 2019 to prepare to apply to either major in spring 2020. The spring 2020 Media Studies application will be on the Media Studies website in late December/early January; the first application period will be in mid-January. See Media Studies Enrollment Tips for Students Planning to Apply to the Major in Spring 2020 below.

The College of Letters and Science recommends completing the prerequisites for a non-restrictive alternate major while completing the prerequisites for Media Studies, a high-demand major. See Applying: Overview on the Media Studies website. See Choosing a Major and High-Demand Major on the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising website.


What courses do we recommend you take if you are eligible to apply to the major in fall 2019? (See answers above to determine eligibility.)

We encourage you to take two courses for the major and other courses to satisfy your non-major degree requirements. Below are some possible courses to consider when selecting the two courses to take related to the major from the Fall 2019 Media Studies Course List:

  • Your last remaining prerequisite if relevant  
  • Media Studies 111: Media History – You may get on the wait list for this course, which is intended for juniors. A course enrollment form will be sent to students on the wait list.
    See Fall 2019 Enrollment Tips on the Media Studies homepage for more information.
  • Lower division research methods course - Sociology 5 or Political Science 3 
  • Media Studies elective offered by a department other than Media Studies 
  • Prerequisite for your non-restrictive alternate major if you will be submitting an appeal application to Media Studies – See information above regarding non-restrictive alternate majors in the section above and see Media Studies Application - Fall 2019.

 
What courses do we recommend you take if you are NOT eligible to apply to the major in fall 2019 and plan to apply in spring 2020? (See answers above to determine eligibility.)

In fall 2019, we encourage you to take the courses you need to be eligible to apply to Media Studies and a non-restrictive alternate major at the beginning of spring 2020. See Fall 2019 Media Studies Course List and Fall 2019 Enrollment Tips on the Media Studies homepage. Below are some possible courses to consider:

  • Media Studies 10: Introduction to Media Studies - This course is a must if you have not taken it already.
  • Other remaining prerequisite(s) for Media Studies - This is important too if you need the prerequisite to be eligible to apply in spring 2020.
  • Lower division research methods course - Sociology 5 or Political Science 3
  • Remaining prerequisite(s) for non-restrictive alternate major – See information two sections above regarding non-restrictive alternate majors. 
  • An elective that can work for both Media Studies and a non-restrictive alternate major offered by another department – See information two sections above regarding non-restrictive alternate majors.

If you are not eligible to apply to Media Studies in fall 2019, DO NOT enroll or wait list for upper-division courses (research methods, core or electives) offered by Media Studies in fall 2019. You will need to wait until the semester you are eligible to apply to the major to get on wait lists for upper-division courses offered by Media Studies.

All courses taken for the Media Studies major must be taken for a letter grade. The Media Studies application GPA will include the prerequisites and any course that applies to the major completed before the application is submitted. 


What other courses do we recommend beyond the ones listed above to help you reach between 13 – 16 units?

  • Education 198 - course for helping students transition into Cal
  • L&S 10: On the Same Page - course featuring There There by Tommy Orange in fall 2019 
  • Course that could satisfy your American Cultures (AC) requirement if you need one - Note you may decide to satisfy this requirement later with a Media Studies elective that is also an AC course. 
  • BIG IDEAS or DISCOVERY course - special program courses supported by the L&S Deans
  • DeCal class - student created and facilitiated courses
  • Berkeley Connect - an academic mentoring course

Again, make sure to choose a balanced course load your first semester, four courses or 13 - 16 units is recommended. Consider this your settling-in semester.

Where do you go for advice about non-major degree requirements in the College of Letters and Science?

Visit the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising website and get to know this website well. See Degree Requirements. If you cannot find your answer, ask an L&S College Adviser


Where do you go if you have questions not answered on the Media Studies website?

If you have a specific question or two, email mediastudies_advising@berkeley.edu. You will receive a response from Peter Blackman, Laura Demir or Jean Retzinger.

If you have multiple questions or complex questions that require a dialogue to answer, it is best for you to schedule an appointment, in-person or telephone, with Peter Blackman or Laura Demir

Peter Blackman and Laura Demir are the Media Studies Student Academic Advisors.

When you reach out to us for advice, identify yourself as a fall 2019 transfer student and INTENDED 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 in the fall and hope you will check this web page again. We are planning an information event during Golden Bear Orientation just for you. The details will be posted soon.

Enjoy your summer! Go Bears!