Greetings to New Transfer Students:
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.
Thank you for attending our GBA advising sessions.
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All the best,
Laura Demir and Peter Blackman, the Media Studies academic advisors.
To get started, please do the following:
- Read Golden Bear Orientation (GBO).
- Read the Media Studies website. See Requirements for Media Studies Majors Who Declare in Fall 2018 or Later.
- Get familiar with CalCentral.
- Complete Golden Bear Advising (GBA) by the posted deadline.
- 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 email@example.com 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.
- Identify the prerequisites you have completed and which ones you still need to take for Media Studies. See below.
- Identify whether you will be eligible to apply to Media Studies at the beginning of fall 2020 or the beginning of spring 2021. See below.
- Make a list of the courses you need and would like to take in fall 2020. 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 the fall semester?
- Complete steps 1 through 8 listed above.
- Read the sections below regarding enrollment advising tips for intended Media Studies majors.
- Review the Academic Progress and 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 2020 or need to wait to apply at the beginning of spring 2021. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.org, compare 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 email@example.com. 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?
If you have satisfied all four 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 2020, you are eligible to apply to the major in fall 2020. We encourage you to apply during the first application period. See Media Studies Application Packet – Fall 2020, which is available on the Media Studies homepage in the Announcements section. See Media Studies Enrollment Tips for Students Applying to the major in Fall 2020 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. You must take the remaining courses you need to apply to the Media Studies major and a non-restricted alternate major in fall to prepare to apply to either major in spring. The spring Media Studies application will be on on the Media Studies homepage in the Announcements section on our website in late December. The first application period will be in mid-January. See Media Studies Enrollment Tips for Students Planning to Apply to the major in spring 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/impacted major. See Applying: Overview. See Explore Majors & Minors and High Demand/Impacted Majors on Declare or Change 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 2020? (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 2020 Media Studies Course List:
- Your last remaining prerequisite if relevant
- Media Studies 111: Media History and Media Studies 112: Theories and Processes – You may get on the waitlist for these courses, which are intended for juniors. A survey form will be sent to students on the waitlist.
- See Enrollment Tips – New Students under Courses on the webpage.
- Lower division research methods course – Sociology 5 or Sociology 7 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.The Media Studies Application Packet – Fall 2020 is on the Media Studies homepage under Announcements
What courses do we recommend you take if you are NOT eligible to apply to the major in fall 2020 and plan to apply in spring 2021? (See answers above to determine eligibility.)
In fall 2020, 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 2021. See Fall 2020 Media Studies Course List and Fall 2020 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 2021.
- Lower division research methods course – Sociology 5 or Sociology 7 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 2020, DO NOT enroll or wait list for upper-division courses (research methods, core or electives) offered by Media Studies. 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.
What other courses do we recommend beyond the ones listed above to help you reach between 13 – 16 units?
- LS 198 – course for helping students transition into Cal (Note: This course changed to LS 198. It is not EDUC 198.)
- LS 10: On the Same Page – course featuring Exit West by Mohsin Hamid in fall 2020. Here are the course requirements.
- 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 facilitated 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?
Where do you go if you have questions not answered on the Media Studies website?
When you reach out to us for advice, identify yourself as a fall 2020 transfer student and INTENDED Media Studies major. Include your student ID# in advising emails and have it available when you meet with an advisor.
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!
Greetings Fall 2020 New Freshmen,
Welcome to Cal! We are delighted you will be joining the University of California, Berkeley academic community and are interested 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. Also read Requirements – declared fall 2018 or later.
If you decide you want to be an intended Media Studies major, 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/Impacted major. See Choosing a Major and High-Demand/Impacted majors.
While we know you are eager to ask questions, we ask that you wait until after you have completed the College of Letters and Science modules in bCourses during Golden Bear Advising (GBA). Many questions are answered by their modules. See GBO Dates & Deadlines.
If you have a specific question or two after reading the links above and completing your L&S GBA modules, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response from Peter Blackman or Laura Demir. If you have more questions after reading the links above and completing your L&S GBA modules, it is best that you meet with one of our Student Academic Advisors, Peter Blackman or Laura Demir. When you reach out to us for advice, identify yourself as a fall 2020 new freshman, who is exploring the Media Studies major. In emails and voice mail messages, include your student ID# and specific question(s).
We look forward to meeting you and are planning an information event during Getting Your Bearings just for you. The details will be available closer to August.
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 W1: Exploring the Liberal Arts or Letters and Science 1W: Exploring the Liberal Arts Hybrid Course. These courses 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.
- 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. Their Welcome page is a great place to start searching for information relevant to freshmen.
Greetings Spring 2020 new Freshmen and Transfer Students interested in the Media Studies Major.
I encourage you to read the Media Studies website in its entirety, especially the pages related to applying to the major. The Media Studies Application for spring 2020 will be on the Applying Overview page.
New Transfer Students, please contact the Student Academic Advisors, Peter Blackman or Laura Demir to discuss your spring 2020 enrollment. What you should take in the spring is determined by whether you are eligible to apply to Media Studies in the spring or need to wait to apply to fulfill eligibility requirements.
If you have questions, email email@example.com. This email address is answered by the Student Academic Advisors.
All the best,
Media Studies Student Academic Advisor